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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT SELLING A HOME FOR SALE BY OWNER

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How do I go about getting my property on quadcityhomeshow.com?

Do you have tips to prepare the home for photos?

Can I sell by owner AND by on the MLS?

What does your site offer over the competition?

What are your prices for listing a home?

Where do We return Your Signs After We Have Sold?

What are the terms for listing a home on your site?

If I decide to list my home with an agent while listing my home on your site, will you allow me to use them as my contact?

How can I advertise my business on your site?

Do I have to sign a contract?

Can I advertise on other websites as well as your site? 

Can I use the photos you took on other sites, etc?

Why Don’t you place “New” next to your new listings?

Do you track “hits” or “pageloads” of every listing?

If I sell my home before the time period is up, can I get a prorated refund?

How much will it cost me to renew my current listing?

Why is the address on the sold properties not complete?

Do you have any tips for buying or selling a home?

Are you a licensed agent? 

Winter Home Sales – Should I wait until Spring?

Why can’t I see the Flash Tours?

Do you have open house signs?

How do I go about getting new photos?

FAQ’s

Q: Can I Sell By Owner AND Be On The MLS?

A: Yes! Click Here For Details

Q: How do I go about getting my property on quadcityhomeshow.com?

A:  With the launch of our new website design in 2018 you now have several options on how to get your property on our site.

  • “Self Service”

    Create the ad on your own & upload “your” photos
    Important! *Only photos “you” have taken are to be uploaded. If you have photos taken from anyone else, a photo release signed by the photographer is required.

    If you decide to create your own ad
    1-Register & Log In
    2-Click the member icon in the upper right hand corner to visit My Profile
    3-Update your profile information
    4-Select & pay for your package
    5-Click Add New Property

    Once you have added the new property, admin will send approval and your qchomeshow.com is complete!
    Tip: You may edit the ad at any time after admin approval.

  • “Full Service”

    1-Contact us at 309-756-SHOW (7469) to schedule a time to have us come take professional photos.
    2-Complete the new client form
    Click Here for the printable version (to be given to the photographer)
    Click Here for the online version (to be submitted & emailed to us)
    3-Prepare the home for photos (View Tips) 
    4-We will photograph every room, gather additional details, and then the photographer and you will pick the photos and package you wish to present as well as go over the completed form.
    5-We will then complete the ad (typically on the same day) and send you login information and an email letting you know your ad is complete.

  • “FSBO + MLS Service”

    You may choose to have your property listed for sale by owner & be on the MLS (Multiple Listing Service).
    (Yes – You can sell by owner “AND” be on the MLS)!
    You will be listed with a local licensed Broker/Agent that allows you to sell by owner as well.
    If you sell the property, you do not owe the agent another dime!
    If they sell the property, it is a “reduced” commission! (Roughly half the normal)
    And, it stays online and on the MLS “*Until You Sell”!

    For more information about selling by owner and being the MLS, Click Here or Contact the listing agency

    The next step is to view our packages & pricing.

 

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Q: What are your prices for listing a home on your site?

A: All the information about our services and prices can be found by clicking here –> packages & pricing.

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Q: How can I advertise my business on your site?

A: Simply contact us to schedule a meeting 309-756-SHOW (7469)

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Q: What are the terms for listing a home on your site?

A: Click here to view our Terms Of Use

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Q: Do I have to sign a contract?

A: Not with us. Quad City Home Show does not require you to sign any contracts. The conditions for listing, advertising, and using this site are all detailed on the “terms and conditions page. If you decide to use the MLS package – you will have to sign a contract with the listing agent. 

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Q: Can I advertise on other websites as well as yours?

A: YES. Your advertising dollars are just that, YOURS! We will not tell you how to spend your money or forbid you to advertise on our site exclusively. It has been brought to my attention that “other” websites insist on this, but we would NEVER infringe on our client’s right to advertise their homes whenever and wherever they please. (Yes, agents are welcome to advertise as well).

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Q: Can I use the photos you took on other sites, etc?

A: No. The pictures taken are property of quadcityhomeshow.com they cannot be used for any other purpose. Refer to our terms of use policy.

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Q: What does your site offer over the competition?

A:  More! More Options, More Photos, Lower Prices, No Contracts, No Hidden Fees, and No long waiting period.

Below are a few links with additional information.

 Compare Us To The Competition

 Top 10 Reasons to choose QuadCityHomeShow.com

20 Crucial Questions you should ask before choosing where to advertise your property for sale

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Q: Why Don’t you place “New” next to your new listings?

A: From a marketing point of view – your “new” listing will only be new for a short time. Afterwards you would be considered “old”. That being the case, if we placed new next to the listings – the viewer would be tempted to view only the new listings. We want the viewers to view all the listings in their price range. Adding new would leave you in the “old” category at one time or another. Thus your property would not be viewed as often and/or may not be compared to a new listing. This would not help you compete with the rest of the homes in your price range. In order to maximize your property’s potential, we believe adding “new” will create a situation that deters viewers from collecting comparable homes. Consider this – if a product was new and improved – does that mean the original product was “old and lousy”????  The comparables of new and old should not apply when advertising properties for sale.  When a new listing is added to our site – the “view tour” link is a bright blue – once it has been visited – it turns a purple. This indicated is far better than indicating new vs old.

If you have comments or questions about this theory – feel free to contact us.

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Q: Do you track “hits” or “pageloads” of every listing?

A: There are a few different ways to track “hits or pageloads”

A favorite amongst several tour sites is statistical logging software. We have tested the software used by other sites that was “supposed” to be accurate at tracking hits – loads – and movement from a viewer. Each version of the software we tested was stating we were averaging over 65,000 hits per day, thousands of distinct visitors, etc. When I questioned the methods of how these types of software calculated the amounts – all I was told was “it is a great marketing tool” – but when I asked if it was accurate – I was given the same answer “It’s a great marketing tool”….

Being a educated programmer (an a person who believes honesty is the “best” policy) – I researched this in depth and came to find that the methods in which this software works was not satisfactory, not completely accurate, easily manipulated, and good for nothing more than presenting a “less than true statistic.”   If a viewer is using a dial up connection – the ip address changes every time they log on  (the method in which they count distinct visitors) – If every time you log in your Ip address changes – you are now a “new – distinct visitor” – even though you have been there before. Every load and move is tracked – from the listing page to an individual ad – back to the listing page – to another ad, etc, etc, etc —- building the count… A single viewer could easily add a multitude of hits/loads – and be counted over and over – log in – log off – log in – be recounted … Refresh a page – be recounted… Clear you computers cache memory – be recounted…change the links on the page, be recounted… Thank goodness the census bureau does not use this method of counting! Can you imagine?! 

Others who use this type of software will argue that it is the best way to track their success – and use it to market their business with banners stating hundreds of thousands of page loads – amount of distinctive visitors – and other questionable data provided by this type of inaccurate measuring.  Be assured – We refuse to present any inaccurate methods of counting that generate less than true statistics in order to drive our business…. 

The second favorite way site like to track hits is by using counters. Although counters are frequent all over the internet – they slow the website down immensely – do not provide a completely accurate count – and therefore we refuse to use them.

Customer Testimonials are the only true source of proof that a business is doing it’s job correctly, honestly, and in the best interest of the client. You can judge our success by the amount of testimonial on our site -> Click here to view some of our customer testimonials

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Q: If I sell my home before the time period is up, can I get a prorated refund?

A: There are no prorated refunds. 

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Q: How much will it cost me to renew my current listing?

A: Please call us at 309-756-SHOW (7469) to discuss renewal. With our new site design, we have yet to add the renewal rates to the payment processor.  FYI – You are always welcome to upgrade to the MLS package – you initial package cost ($990 – your original cost = around $740-790) <– What is this? Click here for more info

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Q: Do you have any tips for buying or selling a home?

A: Yes. Please click here to view our “Buying and Selling Tips” page.

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Q: Are you a licensed agent?

A: No. Quad City Home Show is an advertising site exclusively. Although we do have agents listed on our site, we do not in any way charge percentages, or calculate mortgages, or any of the other services you may require from a agent. We strive to increase the exposure of your home by providing  photos, details, and modern tech. software to show off your home in such a way as that the viewer will be intrigued enough to call for a private showing.

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Q: If I decide to list my home with an agent while listing my home on your site, will you allow me to use them as my contact?

A: *Yes. If you decide to list your home with an agent and want us to change your contact information to that of your agent, all that needs to be done is to have your agent contact us and give permission to use their logo and name. We will also scan and place you agent’s business card on the site FREE of charge. The qchomeshow.com yard sign must be maintained in the front yard for the duration of the ad per the terms of use, and please remove the lower for sale by owner panel.

*NOTE: There are certain agents that do not allow you to keep your qchomeshow.com ad when listing with them. ALWAYS ask prior to signing. You may assume they would tell you this prior to signing, but in many cases, they have not. If you wish to keep your qchomeshow.com advertising while listing with an agent – be sure to interview several agents and different brokerages prior to making a decision and don’t forget to ask if they wish to have their contact information placed on your qchomeshow.com ad. If they don’t allow you to keep your qchomeshow.com ad, you should ask yourself if they are truly acting in your best interests. The advertising is paid for – “why” would they just throw that away???

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Q: Why is the address for the sold properties not complete?

A:  To protect the new homeowner’s and the seller’s privacy, we have decided that it is not a good practice to let the viewer’s view the interior photos, complete address, and contact information after the home has been sold. I am sure you will agree, you would not want this information accessible  after the home is sol if “you” were either the buyer or seller.
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Q:  Where do I return Your Signs?

A:  If you have the poly bag signs – they are disposable. If you wish to go green – you can mail them back to us and we will repurpose them.

For metal framed signs:

Do not return the signs until “After Closing”… just in case something goes wrong between pending & sold.

Signs can be dropped off at two different locations:

Please place the signs inside the beige vertical storage shed. The shed has our site name & logo on it. If the shed is full, place the signs against the shed’s front doors.
Please do not knock or ring the door bell. These are resident’s homes. The owner’s have been gracious enough to allow their homes to be used as a drop off location for my signs. I will obtain the signs from them, and mail your deposit as soon as I can.
Sign drop off Location #1):
11527 1st St E. Milan, IL

Click here for directions

*QCHS shed is located on the left side of the home’s garage.
Sign drop off Location #2):
24789 Hazelwood West Road Geneseo, IL 61254

Click here for directions

*QCHS shed is located between the garage doors.

It is required that you leave a note in the info tube (or taped to the steel portion of the sign) with your complete contact information: This information is necessary so I know who the signs came from, and where to mail the deposit to. If any information is left out, I may not be able to complete your refund request.

Print this email and complete the following information in a legible manner
(Client’s name must be exactly as it was posted on your qchomeshow.com ad. Refund checks will be written to a confirmed client’s name only)
Full Name: ______________________________
Phone number: (_____) – ____ – _______
Your new or current “Complete“ address:
Street: ______________________________________________
City: ________________________Zip: ____________
# of signs you are returning: Yard:_____ Arrow:_____ S/P:_____ Info Tube:______
Date Of Return: ____ /____/______ Note any damage here: ______________________
Circle Location Of Return: Geneseo or Milan

 

 

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Q:  Do you have open house signs?
A:  Our new sign designs come with a blank center space allowing you to write your open house times on the main sign. The new poly sign design also comes with arrow stickers so you may use it as a directional sign as well. If you need additional signs, we can mail them to you. There will be a shipping & handeling fee for each sign mailed. You may also find open house signs at the local hardware stores or online shops.

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Q: How do I go about getting new photos?
A: If you wish to have new photos taken, the charge is $50 for our time & travel. If you wish to take your own photos & email them to us, we will replace them for free.

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