Homeowner Offers $10,000 for a Facebook Share
Selling your home usually means getting the help of a real estate agent or going it alone, but one US man has decided to get by with a little help from his “friends”.
South Carolina homeowner Barry Blakely has been trying to sell his home for months – initially with the help of a real estate agent. But when that wasn’t working out, he decided to take matters into his own hands.
As well as privately listing the home for sale on sites like Craigslist and ForSaleByOwner, Blakely turned to Facebook for help, offering a US$10,000 bonus for people that shared his house listing if they attracted a buyer.
“Trying something completely different here,” he posted in the Clemson Buy Sell Trade Spot group. He goes on to explain that he wants to sell it himself, with the help of the online community, and is happy to pay for that help.
“All you have to do is simply “share” this post,” he says. “If someone from your share buys it, I’ll give you $10,000 cash! Easy as that…now…click SHARE!!!”
The post has been liked by over 54,000 people and shared at least 2500 times between June 2014 and February 2015. While there was a lull over the Christmas period, in February Blakely commented on the post saying he’s “starting to see this getting a number of shares again.”
“House is still for sale & still offering $10,000 if you send a buyer my way! Thanks all!”
While it might seem strange to offer people $10,000 to sell your home, Blakely’s approach could actually save him tens of thousands of dollars in real estate fees. According to estimates from the ForSaleByOwner website where his property is listed, a sale of this size offers savings of about $25,000 based on traditional commission rates and fees charged by real estate agents. So offering $10,000 to the person who brings in a buyer would still leave Blakely around $15,000 better off than if he went with a real estate agent.
In regards to the property itself, it is a two-storey five bedroom, 3.5 bathroom house built in 2009, also featuring a massive 17 seat home theatre. The listing on Craigslist also gives an overview of the location:
“Located in the Stillwater subdivision in Seneca, just 5 minutes from Clemson University, 30 minutes to Anderson and 45 minutes to Greenville, SC,” it says.
Blakely currently has it listed for US$420,000 – around $277,400 more than the median house price in Seneca, according to data from real estate company Zillow. But with tens of thousands of people on social media supporting him, Blakely could find a buyer in the near future.
Image credits: Facebook graphic, Pixabay; screenshot of Blakely’s post.