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About/General (27)

Simply List’s regular office hours are from 9 A.M. – 5 P.M. Monday through Friday. Our office observes major U.S. holidays, and are not open during these days.

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The listing agent is a licensed real estate agent who will place your property on the MLS. All inquiries about your listing received by the listing agent will be forwarded directly and promptly to you.

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Many homeowners successfully sold their homes last year without a traditional, full commission agent, saving thousands.

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The Multiple Listing Service is the database agents utilize to find properties for the buyers they’re representing.  Previously, the only way to get a property on the MLS was to go through a full commission agent, since only licensed real estate agents can list properties on the MLS.

There are many types of listing service databases. FMLS and GAMLS are two that are used in the Atlanta area.

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No. You can live anywhere in the world. As long as the property is in the State of Georgia, Simply List can help you advertise it on the Georgia multiple listing services.

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A lockbox is a place to securely store the key to your property so that you don’t have to meet prospective buyers at the property every time someone wants to view it. 

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A SUPRA lockbox is an electronic lockbox that monitors and registers the names and contact info of the agents who showed your property, along with the dates and times they did so.

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Simply List is happy to provide you with an electronic SUPRA lockbox for a fee of $150. A $50 deposit is refundable to you provided you return the lockbox to Simply List within 30 days of your sale/closing date or withdrawal date.

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By law, you have ten (10) days to remove the lockbox. If the buyer’s agent is unavailable, contact Simply List at listings@simplylistatlanta.com We may be able to send an agent out to collect the lockbox, but you will be foregoing the $50 refundable security deposit to have the lockbox collected.

An MLS listing expires after a period of up to 6 months, though you can elect to have your listing expire sooner. We offer free additional extensions on your listing-it’s up there until it sells or you ask that it comes down via written request sent to listings@simplylistatlanta.com

Contact Simply List a few business days in advance of expiration if you would like your listing to expire.

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There is no time limit on listing with Simply List. Your property is listed until it sells as long as you contact us (listings@simplylistatlanta.com) in writing to let us know that you want to extend the listing period.

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The MLS is the real estate database agents use to find homes for the buyers and renters they represent. Only licensed agents can place a property on the MLS.

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Putting a property on the MLS lets all local agents know that the property is available for sale/rent, and since more than 80% of buyers choose to be represented by an agent, the MLS is the best way to reach as many agents as possible. The more agents that know about your property, the faster it will move. You will still be the primary point of contact for your property, but you’ll be reaching a lot more potential buyers/renters.

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Absolutely! Rental properties are listed on the MLS every day. You can even simultaneously list your property for both rent or sale.

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As listing on the MLS provides national exposure, as your listing will be on sites like Zillow, Realtor.com, and more. These sites are open to the public and are some of the most popular and heavily trafficked real estate sites on the web, attracting millions of potential buyers/renters.

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The MLS listing will feature both the listing agent’s contact information and yours. Any inquiries the listing agent receives about your property will be forwarded to you, and parties interested in your listing will be directed to you to set up showings and for any additional information they require.

Yes. However, for just $39, you can acquire a beautiful and durable one with stand from Simply List, complete with your phone number. Our signs are also compliant with Georgia regulations for advertising real estate.

If you choose to use your own, generic “Property for Sale” signs can be picked up at your local hardware store, Home Depot, or Lowes.

This doesn’t mean that they don’t have a fee at closing.

Any property listed on the FMLS has a fee after closing based on the final sales price. You may not see our competitors disclosing their closing fees upfront on their websites, but look closely. It will be there in the Listing Agreement, or hidden somewhere in fine print (they are commonly much higher than Simply List’s fee at closing)

At Simply List, our company is upfront about our fees.

A “listing agent” and “seller’s agent” are commonly-used, interchangeable, synonyms.

You pay a flat fee per listing, and when your property does sell, a flat percent commission to the listing agent as specified in your Listing Agreement document.

Yes, in the event a buyer’s agent brings a buyer to your listing, you must pay the buyer’s agent a commission if you accept the offer. You choose how much commission you’d like to offer potential buyers’ agents as part of your listing process paperwork. We have seen competitive commission offerings between two and four percent, although no specific percentage is recognized. 

No. If you find the buyer yourself, no buyer’s agent commissions are owed. There is still a small commission owed to your listing agent (Ex. Simply List), which is specified in your Listing Agreement.

Yes. You can upgrade to a $399 listing for this.

SimplyList provides the absolute best value for your money. We pride ourselves on excellent, prompt customer service from first contact to close on your property.

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Yes. Approximately 80% of all U.S. homes are sold through Realtors, using the MLS, according to the National Association of Realtors. Additionally, homes listed on the MLS averaged 7% higher net proceeds than homes sold by owner.

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Not with Simply List. Possibly, with other companies. Simply List’s reputation is a good one, and is not blackballed in the Georgia real estate community. Reviews speak for themselves!

Your Simply List listing on the MLS will look identical to every other listing on there. Agents will only see the incentives you’re offering to them for bringing you your buyer. And remember, the buyer’s agent doesn’t get paid until their buyer closes on a property. If a buyer wants to see your property, their agent will be all too happy to show it to them.

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Every property is different, but there are some general guidelines to follow to speed up your selling process.  Most important, price appropriately. This doesn’t just apply to pricing too high. If you set your price too low, buyers may infer, incorrectly, that something is wrong with your property, and choose to skip viewing it. And that’s the second tip to success: traffic. The more potential buyers who view your property, the faster it will sell. Next, feature your listing in its best light. Get great, well lit photos, consider doing some staging, and be sure to use your public remarks to SELL your property.

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Initial Listing Setup (10)

You will need to have filled out, as thoroughly as possible, both a property information form and an exclusive listing agreement. These forms are available on our website after you purchase a listing.

The more information you provide, the more likely your property is to attract more interested buyers. Be as thorough as possible to be as successful as possible!

Upload your pictures in the order you want them posted. Remember, a front exterior shot is required for your listing’s cover photo. More extensive instructions are on the photo upload page.

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The MLS listing will feature both the listing agent’s contact information and yours. Any inquiries the listing agent receives about your property will be forwarded to you, and parties interested in your listing will be directed to you to set up showings and for any additional information they require.

Purchase a listing, and we will e-mail you a link to the listing agreement and property information forms. Once you complete the listing agreement and property information form online, via email, fax, or mail, we take it from there. All your information will be forwarded to your listing agent, who will take care of getting it onto the MLS for you, and contact you if there are any additionial questions or clarifications required.

Showing Suite is a primarily automated system designed to collect information and feedback about listings from prospective buyers and their agents. Access to Showing Suite is complimentary with lease of a Supra lockbox from SimplyList.

You should use the public remarks to sell all the great attributes of your property. Use your 575 characters to describe and highlight the property and its condition.  If you’ve renovated the master bathroom, put in hardwood floors, or are offering new appliances with the sale, here’s the place to put it. Sing your listing’s praises. For what you cannot include in the public remarks, see here.

The public remarks section is restricted to description, condition, and highlights of the property. However,  no square footage or acreage numbers are permitted here. You CANNOT have contact information, including names, phone numbers, website or email addresses, not even virtual tour links. NO calling or showing instructions are permitted here, including references to alarms, gate, lockbox, or other security codes. No incentives for agents or brokers are permitted in this section. Limit yourself to description, condition, and marketing of the property only.

We will email you PDF copies of your listing on both the FMLS and Georgia MLS to review. After you have looked over your approved listing, you have the opportunity to contact us in writing with any changes or corrections you’d like us to make.

Make Changes/Add to Existing Listing (9)

All changes, including property descriptions, prices, photos, etc, must be requested in an email to listings@simplylistatlanta.com 

Most changes will be made within 24 hours, except holidays and weekends.

Simply List turns around MLS listings and changes within 24 hours, except weekends and holidays. 

We do not have any control over when changes are displayed with third party sites such as Zillow, Trulia, Homefinder, etc. They are syndicated automatically after the change is made on the MLS, and each platform picks up on the change independently.

We don’t know. Simply List does not have any control over when changes are displayed with third party sites such as Zillow, Trulia, Homefinder, etc. They are syndicated automatically after the change is made on the MLS, and each third party site picks up on the change independently.

Simply List offers a weekend and holiday listing/listing change service for an additional fee. Click HERE for more details. Otherwise, Simply List will add or update your listing on the next open business day.

An MLS listing expires after a period of up to 6 months, though you can elect to have your listing expire sooner. We offer free additional extensions on your listing-it’s up there until it sells or you ask that it comes down via written request sent to listings@simplylistatlanta.com

Yes. Simply List offers a low, flat rate for each date or weekend advertisement. Click here to purchase an open house advertisement. Valid for Simply List flat fee listings, only.

Yes. However, for just $39, you can acquire a beautiful and durable one with stand from Simply List, complete with your phone number. Our signs are also compliant with Georgia regulations for advertising real estate.

If you choose to use your own, generic “Property for Sale” signs can be picked up at your local hardware store, Home Depot, or Lowes.

Yes! You can purchase a sign on our website for a low $39, or contact the office. 

Yes. You can upgrade to a $399 listing for this.

Payment/Fees (6)

By law, you have ten (10) days to remove the lockbox. If the buyer’s agent is unavailable, contact Simply List at listings@simplylistatlanta.com We may be able to send an agent out to collect the lockbox, but you will be foregoing the $50 refundable security deposit to have the lockbox collected.

Your $50 deposit is refundable as long as you return your lockbox to Simply List within 30 days of your sale/closing or withdrawal date. If a Simply List agent has to retrieve your lockbox, or you return the lockbox after the 30 day grace period has passed, you forfeit your $50 deposit. If you need an agent to collect it for you, and we are able to send an agent to your property, you will also forfeit the $50 deposit.

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This doesn’t mean that they don’t have a fee at closing.

Any property listed on the FMLS has a fee after closing based on the final sales price. You may not see our competitors disclosing their closing fees upfront on their websites, but look closely. It will be there in the Listing Agreement, or hidden somewhere in fine print (they are commonly much higher than Simply List’s fee at closing)

At Simply List, our company is upfront about our fees.

A “listing agent” and “seller’s agent” are commonly-used, interchangeable, synonyms.

You pay a flat fee per listing, and when your property does sell, a flat percent commission to the listing agent as specified in your Listing Agreement document.

Yes, in the event a buyer’s agent brings a buyer to your listing, you must pay the buyer’s agent a commission if you accept the offer. You choose how much commission you’d like to offer potential buyers’ agents as part of your listing process paperwork. We have seen competitive commission offerings between two and four percent, although no specific percentage is recognized. 

No. If you find the buyer yourself, no buyer’s agent commissions are owed. There is still a small commission owed to your listing agent (Ex. Simply List), which is specified in your Listing Agreement.

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