Frequently Asked Questions
Why use the Internet to advertise, who really uses the Internet when shopping for a home?
Almost everyone uses the Internet to shop for a home, the Interent is the quickest, easiest way to look at a lot of homes in a short amount of time. Internet use has grown immensely over the last 10 years, over 80% of the population has access to the Internet. Real estate agents know the Internet is an effective selling tool, that's why they all have web sites. The biggest advantage to using the Internet is the increased exposure to potential buyers. People who use the Internet to buy a home know that there are many good quality homes on the market that aren't sold through a real estate agent, the problem is finding houses for sale by owner can be a hit and miss proposition.
An added benefit of Internet advertising is that it saves you time. The additional information and pictures that can be viewed by potential buyers allows them to better decide wether your property is what they are looking for. Consequently you get less calls answering questions and less showings of your home where the buyer is in and out in a few minutes. More information on how to take advantage of your internet sdvertising is available in Effective use of your Okhomeseller Listing.
If I put my house on your site, how will people find it?
There are several ways. First, the OKHomeseller site is registered with Internet search engines making it easy for people to find your property. Internet search engines (like Google) are the most common method people use to find websites. Second, we have reciprocal links with other web sites. Third, we advertise the website in newspapers in the Thompson Okanagan, Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary. Some of the places we advertise are shown on our advertising page. You can also use the OKHomeseller site and your listing number in any additional advertising that you use (typically the newspaper).
What is your success rate?
Keep in mind that we are an advertising firm and not a real estate firm. We can't track home sales and statistics the same way a real estate firm can because we are not involved in the sale. We rely on the homeowners to tell us they've sold.
Having said that, we have had 2645 homes and properties sell since starting the OKHomeseller website in June of 2002. Approximately two thirds of the properties listed on OKHomeseller are able to sell on their own.
You can also read testimonials from some of our many happy customers.
I have heard about Okanagan Home Sellers - is that you?
Yes, our reputation has grown with the popularity of our website. We are known as OK homesellers, Okanagan homeseller, Okanagan Home Sellers and the for sale by owner website with the red signs!
Can I change the price or any of the pictures and descriptions after they are on the OKHomeseller website?
Yes, just email us or give us a call and we can make the changes (at no charge).
What about privacy?
You tell us what information you want displayed on the Internet. You don't have to display your name or address if you prefer. You can limit contact with buyers to a phone number or email. Read our Privacy & Disclaimer for more information.
What if I don't have a computer or email address?
Many of our customers do not have the internet, email or a computer. We can fax you a form to fill in by hand or you can print out the form and fill it in. Buyers can still contact you by phone. Most public libraries offer internet access so you can go to the library to look at your listing on the website.
How long does it take for my house to be listed on your site?
Normally, within two business days after we have the photos and the form information.
Do I pay OKHomeseller a commission when I sell my house?
No we do not charge any commission when you sell. All of our packages are a one time charge that covers your listing on the OKHomeseller website until you sell.
What exactly do you do for this one time charge?
- Take the digital photographs of your house/property (unless you are supplying the photos)
- Load the photos, descriptions and other property and contact information that you provide onto the OKHomeseller site
- Assign you a listing number
- Provide a link to your e-mail address (if you want)
- Advertise the OKHomeseller site in newspapers and Internet search engines
- Track the number of visitors to your listing
- Maintain and host the OKHomeseller site
What do I need to do to get my house listed on your site?
Fill in our Listing information form to get things started.
OR give us a call at (250) 545-2383 or email us at info@OKhomeseller.com. We handle the rest.