Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Who am I listed with?
A. J. King Real Estate, Inc. is the Real Estate Company that is responsible for listing your property and has been in business since 2015. We have sold thousands of homes while saving our clients over 5 million dollars in commissions.
Q. Where is my house marketed when I engage your services?
A. In all markets, the listing is placed in the local Multiple Listing Services (MLS), Realtor.com, other National sites, and on local real estate company sites.
Q. Can I withdraw my listing at anytime without any penalty?
A. Yes. If you withdraw and you permit us to refer you to another company, we can refund all or part of your listing fee. Your house will only be withdrawn after it is executed in writing with the seller’s and agent’s signature. (This amount will vary. Email us for details)
Q. What is the best way to communicate with us?
A. Via email. Place your property address with city on all emails so our staff can easily address your question. E-mail will be the best way to get an expedient accurate response from our company as different personnel will be addressing these every day.
Q. Can I have a For Sale by Owner sign in my yard?
A. No. You will get one warning if you do, and then we will take your house out of the system on the second incident with no refund. You must have our sign in the yard. Our sign does have a 24 hour 800# info line with Seller’s contact # in the voicemail message if requested.
Q. If I order and then decide not to list, do I owe you any money?
A. Yes, a service charge of $50 will be due. If we listed the property no refund will be due unless we refer you to another real estate company and a refund will be given after closing.
Q. Can I advertise myself?
A. Yes, however you are not a For Sale By Owner in its purest sense. You are listed with a real estate brokerage. Make sure you don’t tell other agents or the public that you are a For Sale By Owner. You can advertise and show the property on your own, saving money on the buyer’s commission. However, you must advertise that you are listed with J. King Real Estate, Inc. or the brokerage that lists your property.
Q. Can I secure a buyer by myself and write a contract without you?
A. Yes. We will assist you and be fully involved in the whole transaction and negotiations. We can save your $1,000s and costly legal mistakes.
Q. What can happen if I write a contract without your knowledge?
A. It is important to let us know about any contract. If you do not, a full price offer may come in with an agent. YOU MAY THEN OWE THE AGENT’S COMMISSION, SOLD YOUR HOUSE TWICE AND YOU COULD BE SUED BY THE AGENT AND TWO BUYERS. We can save you thousands and help in the contract to closing . This is our business and we do it well. Be careful about saving hundreds which can end up costing you thousands. If you do this without us, remember we told you. We are all for saving money, but sometimes a few dollars saved can cost you thousands and much stress.
Q. What about commissions to other agents?
A. They will vary and are always negotiable. We recommend paying a minimum of 3 %. To pay less would discourage agents from showing your property, but it is up to you as the seller to decide.
Q. What are Seller closing cost?
A. Both the Seller and the Buyer have closing cost. The Seller is responsible for paying deed stamps, a pro-ration of taxes and document preparation and recording fees. Deed stamps are about $370 per $100,000 of the sales price. Taxes are pro-rated based on the number of months that you owned the house for the year. Document preparation and recording fees are usually $300 to $500 dollars. The Buyer may ask for a potion of their closing cost to be paid for by the Seller in their offer. This is negotiable and J. King Real Estate, Inc. can assist you with the negotiations. The Seller is still responsible for their portion. Note: Some counties charge miscellaneous filing fees at closing.
Q. Can you save me money buying or selling a home anywhere in the U.S.?
A. Yes, if you call us before you look or commit to an agent or property.
Q. Can I have multiple photos on the MLS, your site and public sites?
Q. Can I have a MLS Lockbox?
Q. What other services do you provide?
A. Yes, always let us know of any pets. Some people are allergic and other have bad phobias. To protect your best interest, we should disclose all pet information in the showing instructions and remarks.
Q. Can I make changes to my listing?
A. Yes, you can make up to three changes to your listing for free. Any additional changes (after the listing is proofed) will be charged $25 each.
Q. What type of Internet exposure do I get?
A. You are advertised on hundreds of national and local sites. In most markets we give permission to go on other real estate companies sites in that market with our broker reciprocity program. We do not have control over how fast these sites download the information. Some sites take 3-5 days. Please don’t contact us about this until after 5 days. Pictures sometimes take longer to appear on those sites. We will email you the listing as it appears in the MLS. You do not have access to this secured site. Some people confuse Realtor.com with the Multiple Listing Service which is not the same. Realtor.com can take up to 3 days for photos to appear.