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BigBrick.com Offers Oregon Home Sellers Money-Saving SolutionsSalem-News.com Business Report
The Web site provides a free listing, free legal paperwork and even a free sign for home owners selling their home without a real estate agent.
(BEND, Ore.) - When Shawn and Molly Kelly’s Bend, Oregon home failed to sell after six months on the market with a realtor, they decided to drop the price and sell it on their own. They enlisted help from the free service BigBrick.com that included listing their home for nothing on the company's Web site.
Two days later, a buyer saw their house on BigBrick.com and made an offer. The closing is next month.
"We figured that if we didn’t have to pay a commission, we could offer a more attractive price," says Molly Kelly.
And it worked. They got a price they're happy with and the buyer got a great deal.
For home sellers like the Kelly's who have decided to forgo an agent and sell on their own, BigBrick.com offers an array of free real estate services.
Users can print all their legal paperwork, including the sales contract and property disclosures, right from the site. The price: $0.
BigBrick.com also sends every seller who posts a property on the site a free BigBrick.com sign. The sign is about 6 inches by 18 inches and can be hung below the sellers existing for sale sign. When a buyer drives by and sees the sign, they have a convenient way to get the scoop on what that property has to offer.
And because BigBrick offers map based searching, it is easy for buyers to pinpoint a specific house that they had driven by.
"The free signs are a big part of what we are doing, and they have really been driving a lot of traffic to the site," says BigBrick founder David Staley.
And how are they able to offer their services for free?
They plan to support their operations by selling advertising.
"We are absolutely committed to keeping all of our services free. We really feel that is the best way to attract as many users as possible, and the more people we have using the site, the more valuable a resource it becomes," says Staley.
After launching the site three months ago, BigBrick already has a strong presence in its home town of Bend, and properties located in other parts of the state also have been posted.
"For Oregon home sellers, BigBrick may be a tool worth considering in a slow real estate market," says Staley.
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