Buying and selling houses without a realtor

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There are a lot of tools for the non-realtor investors among us to market our new flip for sale or rent. I've been an investor in the Lyncbhurg, Virginia area for more than a decade and I can't remember the last time I bought a house without first finding it on Zillow. Realtors still play an important role, of course, and I'm sure most can point to statistics that show higher average sale prices and fewer days on the market with a realtor versus without. BUT... that 6% commission is a gut punch to profits and I know plenty of investors have decided to brave the world of real estate marketing themselves.

For those intrepid investors, let me ask you this: if you're buying who drafts your purchase contracts? If you're selling, who drafts your deed? How do you choose your closing company? Do you use an attorney or do it yourself?

@Aaron R Pike I would recommend drafting a purchase contract and have it looked over by a lawyer. I also have a title company that I do all my deals with. I have a very good relationship with them, and they have done a great job for me. If I was selling a property, I would use them for drafting the deed. If you can find a good title company they can do most of the tasks you are asking for. I would also recommend taking one of the lawyers out to lunch if hes available so you can explain to him what you are trying to do. It would help to build a relationship with him.