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For Sale By Owner - FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

For Sale by Owner Real Estate - General Questions

About our Services

Using our Website (Sellers)

Using our Website (Buyers)

Advertising with us

About our Professional Services Directory (For Businesses)

FOR SALE BY OWNER REAL ESTATE - GENERAL QUESTIONS

  • Do you have any tips when dealing with real estate agents?
    Yes - please see our Seller's Guide - Working With Real Estate Agents page for more information.

  • Do I need a lawyer to buy or sell a property?
    Yes - you need a lawyer in order to complete any kind of property transaction, whether you are the buyer or the seller. Please refer to our Seller's Guide - Steps for a Successful Sale for more information.

  • Do you have legal forms available for download?
    If you've purchased an MLS® System or Serious Seller's Package with us, you will have access to residential purchase contracts for Alberta, BC and Ontario in the "My Documents" section that is visible to you when you log in to your account. For all other forms, it's best to get physical copies from the lawyer who will be representing you in the sale. Many registry agents also have these forms available for purchase.

  • Do you have any tips or advice on selling a property privately?
    Yes - please refer to our Seller's Guide - Steps for a Successful Sale for helpful tips.

ABOUT OUR SERVICES

  • How many listings can I post?
    As many as you like! There are no limits, as long as each listing is for a different property. Duplicated listings that are active will be deleted by an administrator.

  • How many photos can I upload to my listing?
    You can upload 15 to 40 photos, depending on which MLS® System Package or FSBO Package you have selected.

  • Do you offer postings on REALTOR.ca?
    Yes! Please visit our REALTOR.ca info page for details.

  • Do you provide "For Sale" lawn signs?
    You bet! Please visit our Lawn Signs page for photos and details.

  • Are sellers bound by terms and conditions once they add a listing?
    For FSBO-Only listings, no. However, at our discretion, we may delete listings and/or accounts that seem spammy or abuse fairness. You are also welcome and encouraged to list your property on other real estate or classified websites to get as much exposure as possible, so you are not restricted to only listing with us.

    For MLS® System postings, there are some rules that must be followed, such as reporting the sale of the property. More information can be found on our MLS® System FAQ page.

  • Are you associated with other For Sale By Owner companies?
    No. We only operate For Sale By Owner Inc. under the domains of forsalebyowner.ca and fsbo.ca. If you have been dealing with any other FSBO company, we do not have any association with them.

USING OUR WEBSITE (SELLERS)

  • How do I add a listing?
    Start by going to our Select Listing Package page, and choose to add either a Canadian or international property. Simply follow the steps on each page, and it will guide you through the process from start to finish.

  • How do I edit my listing?
    1. Please log in to your account by using the login page.
    2. You will automatically be taken to the "My Listings" page. (If not, please click on the "My Listings" link in the sub-navigation near the top of the screen.)
    3. Select the listing you wish to edit by clicking on the "Edit" button next to it.
    4. You will be presented with a screen showing all the areas that are editable. Go ahead and make the changes directly in these areas.
    5. When you're done, click on the green "Submit" button in the bottom right corner to instantly save your changes.

  • My Google Map pointer is incorrect. How do I fix it?
    By default, the Google Map pointer is positioned according to the postal code used in your listing. We have a map editor that allows you to drag the marker position yourself to the exact position it should be in, in case of any inaccuracies. Here's how to change it:

    1. Please log in to your account by using the login page.
    2. You will automatically be taken to the "My Listings" page. If not, please click on the "My Listings" link in the sub-navigation near the top of the screen. (You can also access this page by clicking on the "My Listings" link in the dropdown menu under "My Account" in the top navigation.)
    3. Select the listing you wish to edit by clicking on the "Edit" button next to it.
    4. Go to the section called "Map Location" near the bottom right corner.
    5. Click on the link that says "Click Here to Launch Map Editor". (A new window will open.)
    6. Follow the instructions on that page to change the marker position.

  • I have a property listed in an area that is close to another city. Can I show up in searches for that nearby city?
    Yes - simply select up to 5 cities in the field called "Nearby Cities" when adding or editing your listing. Not only will your listing show up in search results for the location you posted it in, but you will equally show up in search results for those nearby cities. Please note that searchers have the option to disable results from nearby cities, but this is always enabled by default.

  • My listing belongs to more than 1 property type, can I specify more than 1?
    Absolutely - in addition to your main property type, you can select up to 2 additional property types in the field called "Additional Property Types" when adding or editing your listing. Not only will your listing show up in search results for the main property type you selected, but you will equally show up in search results for the additional categories. This is very handy when there are crossovers between property types; for instance, a large empty lot may also be considered an acreage as well as land for sale.

  • I want my property for sale to also be listed for rent. How can I do this?
    After choosing your primary ad type, which is usually "For Sale", there is a section under the price field called "Other Pricing Options" when editing or adding your listing. You can specify pricing for any other combination of ad types, such as for rent, rent-to-own, and for lease. If any prices are specified, they will show up on your listing page in a box called "Other Pricing Options".

    Another benefit to having more than 1 pricing option is that your listing will be tailored to the searcher's criteria if they specify an ad type. For example, if someone is searching for rental homes in Toronto, and you've added a rental price in your "Other Pricing Options", your listing will show up as a rental property in the search result. Once they click on your listing, they will then see your sale price along with the rental price.

  • I purchased manual re-post credits to enhance my listing. How do I use the credits?
    Go to the My Listings page, then click on the "Re-Post this Listing" button. Now that you have credits in your account, it will take you to a confirmation page to confirm the re-post you are about to use.

    Re-Post Credits

  • Can I embed a video into my listing page?
    Yes - a video embed is included in some of our paid FSBO Packages and MLS® System Packages, or you can order it separately from our à la carte menu.

    If you have a video of your property on another website, such as a virtual tour on YouTube, you can paste in the direct URL to your video when editing your listing. Make sure you add the URL to the section called "Embed a Video". This is a great way to get buyers more interested in your property.

    Learn how to enhance your listing if you wish to add a video.

  • I embedded a video but it doesn't work when I try to open it. What's wrong?
    1. Make sure the direct URL to your video is correct. Did you copy and paste it properly?
    2. Make sure your video is public to allow sharing and embedding
      • If your video is from YouTube, you need to enable embedding in your YouTube video settings. To do this, log in to YouTube and go to your Video Manager. Edit your video and click on the "Advanced Settings" tab. Check off the checkbox next to "Enable Embedding".
    3. If you haven't already done so, try uploading to YouTube instead of other video sites, since it is widely supported.
    4. If your video still won't play, please contact us for help.

  • How does the open house schedule work?
    When you add a new listing or edit an existing one, you will see a form to edit the hours and dates of your open house. For the hours, it gives you every day of the week, so you simply select a start and end time by clicking into each field, only for the days that you plan on having the open house on. For the date range, you select a start date and end date. This date range allows you to show the open house details for as long as you plan on having it, whether it's for 1 weekend or for multiple weeks.

    Once you add your information, a bright blue "OPEN HOUSE" banner will appear over your listing's thumbnail in search results, as long as your start date is 1 week away or sooner. On your actual listing page, the open house schedule is displayed immediately below your photos.

    Your open house schedule will be deleted automatically on the night of your end date, so you can "set it and forget it"!

  • When will my listing expire?
    This depends on the duration of the package you have selected. Your expiry date and number of days remaining are shown on your account page when you log in.

  • How do I delete my listing or mark it as "Sold" before it expires?
    1. Please log in to your account by using the login page.
    2. You will automatically be taken to the "My Listings" page. If not, please click on the "My Listings" link in the sub-navigation near the top of the screen. (You can also access this page by clicking on the "My Listings" link in the dropdown menu under "My Account" in the top navigation.)
    3. Select the listing you wish to delete by clicking on the "X" button next to it.
    4. You are now on the listing status page - use the dropdown menu to change the status to "Sold" or "Inactive".
    5. When you're done, click on the green "Submit" button to instantly save your status change.

  • I don't have a postal code for my listing. What do I do since it's a required field?
    Use Canada Post's online tool to find a postal code. An address is not required as you can simply type in the city or town name and select the province to see what is available. Use the postal code that is closest to your property, then you can always adjust the map's marker location after.

  • Why is my listing description displaying oddly (or not at all) after I copy and paste it in?
    You can test that the editor works by manually typing in to it. However, display problems with the text box can be caused from copying the text from elsewhere and then pasting it in, because it retains hidden HTML formatting from the other source. In some cases, the copied formatting can cause your text to display abnormally or not at all. There are a few solutions to fix this:

    • Option A) Remove the formatting. Select all your text and then press the "Remove Format" button in the toolbar (it's an underlined "T" icon with a small "x")
    • Option B) Paste as plain text. Clear your description box, copy your text from the external source, then press the "Paste as plain text" button in the toolbar (it's a clipboard icon with a "T")
    • Option C) Paste from Word. Clear your description box, copy your text from Microsoft Word (if applicable), then press the "Paste from word" button in the toolbar (it's a clipboard icon with a "W")

    Additional formatting, if needed, can then be done within the editor itself.

USING OUR WEBSITE (BUYERS)

  • Do I need to sign up in order to search for properties?
    Not at all. Anyone can search properties on our website whether they have an account with us or not.

  • Do I need to sign up in order to email sellers about their listings?
    No - you can go right ahead and email sellers without needing to sign up or log in first.

  • What are the benefits of signing up for an account as a buyer?
    Even though you can search for properties and email sellers without an account, signing up is very handy if you wish to mark certain listings as your "Favorites". You can then review your favorite listings in one area of your account instead of trying to find the listings again that caught your attention.

    You can also save your search criteria in order to receive email notifications when new or updated listings match your criteria. This can be done on the Search Properties page.

  • When searching for properties in a specific city, the checkbox for "Include Nearby Cities" doesn't always include everything close by. How come?
    Sellers have the option to specify up to 5 additional cities that are close to the location of their property. If they do not choose a nearby city, they will not show up for any city other than the one their property resides in.

ADVERTISING WITH US

  • What advertising options do you have?
    • Professional Services Directory (*NEW*) - Add your business that helps home buyers and sellers with various stages of the process. Categories include accountants, appliances, appraisers, builders, home inspectors, household goods, interior design, landscaping, mortgages, tools, and many more.

ABOUT OUR PROFESSIONAL SERVICES DIRECTORY (FOR BUSINESSES)

  • Which factors determine the businesses that show up in the featured showcases?
    This is explained on the info page, please take a look there for all the details.

  • My business location is in an area that is close to another city. Can I show up in business searches for that nearby city?
    Yes - simply select up to 5 cities in the field called "Nearby Cities" when creating or editing your profile. Not only will your Professional Services profile show up in search results for the location you posted it in, but you will equally show up in search results for those nearby cities. Please note that searchers have the option to disable results from nearby cities, but this is always enabled by default.