Q: Is this website better than others, for Listing a Property?
A: There are two types of Real Estate By Owner websites: free of charge, and paid.
The free websites (which don’t charge for posting) have a MAJOR drawback: they are over-flooded with listings, with
many of them being repeats, commercial listings from Real Estate companies, or simply fakes. When you place an ad on a free website, it will quicky (sometimes in a matter of hours!) be “bumped” from the first page to page two, then three, etc. Someone told us that his ad posted on a popular free website in Canada (although not Canadian!) went from first page to page 20 in three (3) days! Once your ad is on page 20, it becomes hard to find!
Paid websites - on the other hand - have the drawback of.. charging for Listing! However, charging for listing a property
ultimately benefits clients: for example, it keeps RE Agents from posting large inventories on the website (such Listings are NOT for sale by owner, and Agents will ask for commission on sale). Often, paid websites receive more attention from their webmasters & administrators, than their free counterparts. On REFSBO.ca we take pride in looking after each and every Listing. We eliminate fake ads to ensure customer satisfaction. Our system prevents posting of Listings which are “not for sale by owner” (as found on other websites).
When you decide to sell a Property, we recommend trying BOTH TYPES (free and paid) of FSBO sites. From the
plethora of paid websites in Canada, choose the one(s) which offer(s) you the best price, most features, and better exposure. If this also matters to you, you can choose Canadian owned and administrated websites, as it will keep
Canadians employed..
Reportedly, behind some of the “For Sale By Owner” websites were actually RE Agents (directly, or through family
members, etc). One could only imagine the convenience of using such sites to solicit business, gain control over the “rebel” FSBO market.. From all websites in Canada, REFSBO.ca is the only one which have clearly stated on the front page that “nobody at REFSBO.ca is a R/E Sales Agent, or has ever worked as an Agent in the R/E business (holds true for our close families as well)”.
So, are we better than other websites out there? We certainly hope so, otherwise we wouldn’t have started, then put all
the effort into REFSBO.ca! We hope you will appreciate us as well. We value your input & welcome customer feed-back as we believe it drives the development, and nurtures the improvement of our website!
Q: Do you also list Commercial Properties? What about Land Properties?
A: Yes, we offer access to All Types of properties: Residential, Commercial, and Land. Whether you are the Owner of a
30-storeys high Condo Building, an Industrial shop, or a Lakeside lot, and you want to sell it here on REFSBO.ca., it will
cost you the same as any other Property listed here.
Q: How do you compare price-wise with the other paid websites?
A: As far as we know, we are the LEAST EXPENSIVE paid FSBO website in Canada, especially for the Features offered
[such as Google Maps Property placement, 24 photos for depicting each Listing, unlimited listing duration (* see front
page), user-friendly ad-modifying options, etc, all included in our one-time fee]
We can also provide lawn signs, window signs, etc (but only if you need them, not “packaged”), at extra cost. We ship
these signs anywhere in Canada. The signs graphics are produced and assembled here at REFSBO.ca, and we proudly support the Canadian Manufacturing economy. Read more in our “Fees” section..
Q: Some say that Listing with a Real Estate Agent is the “key for success” when selling a Property?
A: Not true! Many people have sold their Properties direct (i.e. For Sale By Owner), thus avoiding unnecessary, hefty commissions.
Consider this: when the market is “hot” the Property will sell anyway. When the market is down (surplus inventory,
more Listings than sales, many days on market, falling prices, etc), RE agents can blame it on “the market” for not having sold your Property. It is in times like these when you can really assess the worthiness of hiring a RE Agent. Many owners have tried listing with Agents in down-turn markets and it didn’t work.. Right?
Remember, every seller (and especially sellers based on commission) will say “buy from me”. Use due diligence, and
don’t let yourself be manipulated. Choose wisely!
We, at REFSBO.ca believe in Owners being given the tools to List and Sell their Property without having to pay
commission. These commissions (sometimes in the range of tens of thousands of dollars!) can quantum one’s half-year income after working a “8 to 5 job” (like most of us have). They come from Owners’s hard-earned money. Do you agree
with someone claiming entitlement to such money for just hours of work.. as happens in many cases? (e.g. Agent lists your house and it sells the same day in an overheated market, while you have just paid “him” half of your net yearly salary.. Go figure!.. Couldn’t you had kept this huge chunk of money by using REFSBO.ca? Most likely.)
So, before hiring an Agent (and part with a lot of hard-earn cash!), why don’t you just try selling on your own? YOU
CAN DO IT: many have done it before you! What’s going to cost you compared to Agent’s commissions? It can’t compare.. We, at REFSBO.ca will do our best in helping you to succeed!
Q: Do you have “Hidden Fees”?
A: No! We HATE hidden fees! Beware of sites which charge you for “Extra Photos”, or for “ Extra Listing Duration”! There
are also websites which offer Signs, but they “package” them with the listing fee, and charge you more!
Here at REFSBO.ca we don’t charge for extra photos (currently we let you upload 24 photos with each property), or for
extra time needed to sell a property. Your listing will stay active for “as long as it takes to sell” (we will contact you after one (1) year, if you forgot to delete your listing following sale).
No other paid FSBO website in Canada does this the way we do, as far as we know. We are committed to being the
best, and provide fair service for your money paid! Owners of REFSBO.ca never forget that they are consumers, too, and would expect to be treated honestly and fairly when hiring services of others..
Q: What payment methods do you have when Posting a property on REFSBO.ca?
A: You can pay online through our Secure Payment process, by using your Credit Card (VISA, Mastercard, American
Express, Discover), or by using INTERAC Online. We are currently the only FSBO website in Canada to offer instant, secure transactions using INTERAC Online besides Credit Cards. This is the latest option for on-line payment introduced in Canada, and we are proud to be able to offer it to you! (It is also deemed safer and least expensive.. Check out Interac Online at http://www.interac.ca/interacOnline.php for more information).
Q: Will REFSBO.ca provide me a Payment Confirmation, or Invoice?
A: Yes, we will send you a Payment Confirmation, or and Invoice to the email provided at Registration. Our secure
payment process lets you purchase with peace of mind.
Q: Can you supply “Lawn Signs and such”?
A: Yes, we are one of the few FSBO places where you can also buy the signs needed to put in front of your property, onto
a fence, or in the window, etc, if you reckon they will help (they typically do by: extending your selling exposure from solely on-line, to online PLUS the nearby traffic; helping prospecting Buyers find your place easily when you have a viewing).
Please visit our “Fees” Section for complete information regarding the Sign types we offer, and their Prices. The
estimated costs for having them shipped anywhere is Canada are also there.
Q: Do you require the Signs to be returned to you (as others do)?
A: No. The Signs ordered by you are YOURS, and you can use them as you please, of course. Unlike other FSBO sites,
we SELL you the signs. We recommend extreme caution using sites offering “Signs for Rent”, for three big reasons: 1) some won’t tell you! 2) you could be paying the same (or even more!) money for Renting a Sign, as if you were to BUY the Sign, and 3) There are “strings attached” when you rent/lease Signs (for any damage you get charged extra when returning them). People should use due diligence if/when “renting” Signs. For example, our Prices are so competitive, they beat competition’s renting fees, so why do it?? Plus, do you think you won’t find use for the Sign after you sell? Most signs can be stripped, changed, updated, etc. You can reuse them at a later date. However, bottom line is, people will go the most economical way, so ask all questions, and know ALL your costs before deciding..
Q: Can I modify / make changes to my ad, once posted?
A: Yes, you can. REFSBO.ca is extremely user-friendly! There are many instances in which an Owner needs to make
changes to his ad AFTER he has posted it. Examples may include situations when one discovers having made an error in the initial post, or when one wishes to change the selling Price (very common change), or add more information in the ad’s Description, etc. On REFSO.ca you can do that very easily!
In fact you can do much more than that: you can Add or Delete Photos, change your property’s Status (for example
from Active to Pending, or Sold), change your Contact Information (Phone number, Email Address - which you have choice for making it public or not), change your Property’s listed features, and/or other specific information about it. You can even manage Multiple Listings when you have more than one Property up for sale with REFSBO.ca.
Moreover, ALL CHANGES TO YOUR AD ARE FREE! (No hidden charges, no extra fees). You have Control over your ad.
Q: My town is not listed, can I (& how do I) post my property?
A: If a town, village, hamlet, etc is not on the drop-down list, it is simply because it would make such list too long and
ineffective. Properties are “grouped” around “major” cities/towns for convenience. This being said, the fact that one’s Property is a little off the beaten path doesn’t mean he/she can’t list it for sale or REFSBO.ca. We thought of that for you!
Simply start by choosing the nearest City in the list, and proceed with the rest of the Information as prompted. Enter the
correct address, postal code, or coordinates of your Property. Our Google MAPS will display your location correctly (provided you have entered right, of course..), and so your Listing will have as much exposure as any others.
Buyers will know where your Property is, by simply looking at the location on the Map displayed with your ad in
“Detailed Listing View” (we show a big map!); plus, they know which major town/city is located next to (it’s at the top of the Ad). Buyers also typically read the Description text, where you can give them as much information as you wish.
Q: Will I also get inquiries from RE Agents? How do I handle them?
A: Reportedly, posters could get inquiries from RE (or other Sales) Agents. Legitimate inquiries from RE Agents are when
a) The poster has not mentioned in the Ad Description that he/she does not want to deal with Clients with Agents and b)
The Agents are not Soliciting your business (i.e. trying to pursue you to List with them). Otherwise, the ONLY legitimate inquiries from RE Agents are when they represent a Client who is genuinely interested in your Property. We use the word “genuinely” because, reportedly, there have been situations where Agents used the “client representation” introduction as a pretext to start a conversation, during which they invite you to list with them.
However, the reality is most people prefer not to reduce their selling options, thus they insert a line like “Clients with
Agents welcomed” somewhere in the Description text. On REFSBO.ca there is lots of text space to do that and complete it with any detailing you want.
REFSBO.ca supports/encourages RE Agents representing their Clients to contact the posters, in the conditions
outlined above.
Q: How can you protect me from “Spam” and “Soliciting”?
A: When you List a Property you have the option of making your email address public (visible), or not.
If you decide to make your email address visible, that could make your email a target for Spam Mail (so much on the
Internet these days!). This being said, your Spam Filter should do most of the work in protecting you (make sure you, or your Email Account Provider have one!). But remember, NEVER open any email you are not sure about.
If you decide to make your email address invisible (recommended), you will still retain the ability to be contacted via
email, as Buyers will use REFSBO.ca’s “Send Private Email” portal, which doesn’t show your email address. You can
chose to reply or not to any message, of course, but remember, when you reply to sender from your personal email address, your also reveal your address with that (not much way around it). We recommend using caution in revealing any financial or personal details via email/ or phone. Always ensure proper identification coming from the other party!
Regarding “Soliciting”, reportedly it could come from Sales Agents (see the answer above)
To prevent “Soliciting” we have added a Mandatory radio-button-select before anyone sends you a Private Email
(where your email address in not shown). This Mandatory radio-button-select says “I, hereby declare that I am genuinely interested in this Property as a Buyer, and will not Solicit business from the Owner of this Listing, or send Spam/Junk email. I am aware that Soliciting, and/or Junk E-mailing are unwanted by the Owner of this Listing, forbidden on REFSBO.ca, and unlawful under the circumstance. I am aware that in Canada sending commercial emails is prohibited unless there is an expressed or implied consent from the recipient, and I can be prosecuted in the Court of Law as result of legal action introduced by the Owner of this Listing and/or the Owners of this website.”
We think this is good for you to know: anyone who has sent you a “Soliciting” email, has done with disregard to you,
and by being untruthful after reading the Warning but still checking-off the button. Feel free to report them to the various Organizations, or Professional Associations they belong to,” Watchdog” Agencies, etc.