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FSBO Michigan

We established a local "For Sale by Owner" website (fsbolansing.com, "fizz-bo" Lansing) that is now part of the fsbomichigan.com website network. We decided to do this after selling our home on Madison, Wisconsin's "fsbo" website in the summer of 2002, preparatory to our moving to Michigan.

Here’s a little information on how FSBO Michigan got started.

We established a local “For Sale by Owner” website (fsbolansing.com, “fizz-bo” Lansing) that is now part of the fsbomichigan.com website network. We decided to do this after selling our home on Madison, Wisconsin’s “fsbo” website in the summer of 2002, preparatory to our moving to Michigan. (Karen’s previous background is as an English and Behavior Disorders Teacher and she is a professional pianist. Ian has degrees in English and Philosophy and has experience in warehouse management. We have done other business ventures together.)

We felt so positive about the experience we had and the money this saved us that we looked for a place to offer the same service in Michigan. Lansing seemed ideal. The greater Lansing area is similar to the Madison area in many ways: population and education are similar; they are both capitol cities, and both have major universities. We know that a certain percentage of people want to sell their own homes but just need to have a good vehicle by which to do it. (In Madison, WI, for example, about 25%, or more, of all homes get listed and sold through the For Sale by Owner website, fsbomadison.com.)

This Lansing website was and is a local, very service-oriented website serving the Greater Lansing area. The package of services has been so well-received and successful that we have begun to franchise our services. This was given impetus by people coming to us and wanting to do the same thing we are doing in other areas, and by our obtaining registration of the domain name FsboMichigan.com.

Each FsboMichigan franchise will continue to be very service-oriented, with sign installation, data entry when needed, and someone to personally answer questions, among other services.

The one-time $190 fee includes an unlimited listing time on the website and use of at least one of our yard signs, which we install. It is large, professional and attractive and is an integral part of the system we offer you to sell your own home. It displays your phone number, “For Sale by Owner” in large, bold letters, and the website name: www.fsbomichigan.com. We post a sold sign and subsequently take it all down. We post your photos (7; interior & exterior, snapshots or digital), furnish forms, list open houses, give tips on buying and selling, provide a brochure box and have spec sheets for your home you can print out, and advertise the site.

We believe we have created a site that is easy and intuitive to navigate and comprehensive in the details your prospective buyers would want. We’ve gotten positive feedback on it, and as we go, welcome your comments on the site and its usefulness to you.

We have registered with all the top search engines and do periodic updating. We continuously place advertising in local media. The signs and word of mouth however, are also among our most useful and dynamic advertising tools. Home sales are good.

We feel this is a unique service for Kalamazoo and surrounding counties, and it is your own local ‘for sale by owner’ website. Good luck with your sales efforts.