Who Needs A Realtor Anyway??

Real Estate Agent with Weichert Realtors - Hibble & Associates

This post is meant for Realtors, who deal with, and Home Owners who are trying to sell or thinking of selling their homes on their own.

Why should home owners use a Realtor when trying to sell their homes? A valid question that I just happen to have the answer for. Last post I had a top ten list. This time I am trimming back with a top 8! 


Set...                                                     FSBO Sign

Here we go...

During busy and slow markets, you will always pass a number of For Sale By Owners (FSBO) signs throughout your neighborhood. How many of these sellers can answer these 8 questions? How many Realtors can provide the answers.


Do I have sufficient data to price my property realistically? Am I familiar with what comparable properties have sold for recently and what adjustments to those amounts I would need to make for my property?

2. LEGALSigning Contract

Can I draw up proper contracts, recognize unreasonable contingencies, understand disclosure and agency relationships? Would I be on sound legal ground if conflicts arose?


Can I handle the natural conflict of interest when working directly with a buyer, trying to protect my own interests versus my desire to accommodate his?


Do I have a complete understanding of real estate marketing and am I able to expose my property through the widest channels - local, regional and national?


Can I professionally screen and handle innumerable inquiries? Can I differentiate between lookers and serious buyers? What kind of documents can I use to screen buyers and am I able to obtain them?


Do I have expert knowledge of the current mortgage situation: assumptions, buydowns, ARMS, secondary financing?


Am I prepared to forego social or business plans for an extended period, as I must be available at all times?


Am I willing to have members of my household exposed to strangers? The motives of casual onlookers could be suspect!

Unless you, Mr. and Mrs. Seller, answered YES to all the questions above, the skills and training of a professional sales associate would best assist you in selling your property. Sellers should know that only 1 in 20 sellers who try to sell on their own are successful in selling at market price. The other 19 suffered inconvenience, lost time, and frustration in their endeavor without reaching their ultimate goal - selling their property at the best possible price, in the shortest possible time.

Todd Jones, Realtor - Selling Scranton, Clarks Summit Real Estate

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Teri Deane
RE/MAX 100 - Columbia, MD
Realtor, ABR, CRS, SFR - The Deane Team
Very cool. Succinct and well put.  Should jar a few of those Fizzbos loose.  Thanks for sharing.
Nov 26, 2007 01:40 PM #1
James Downing - Metro DC Houses Team REALTORS®, CRS, GRI, ABR,MRP, MilRes
Real Living | At Home - Washington, DC
When Looking to Buy or Sell - Make the Right Move
EXCELLENT "Top 8".  FSBO's simply do not understand all of the steps.  Especially in a market with a lot of homes on the market; the For Sale by Owner; simply will never receive sufficient exposure.
Nov 26, 2007 01:56 PM #2
Martinelli Caputi
Martinelli Caputi & Associates, Ltd. - Warwick, RI
& Associates, Ltd.

Todd:  You could go on and on... I say a "Top 20" is in order!  Either way, and unfortunately for them, some sellers just can't be convinced!

Nov 26, 2007 01:58 PM #3
Terry & Bonnie Westbrook
Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner - Grand Rapids, MI
Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re
Too bad it takes a bad experience as a FSBO to get some-people to realize it. Thanks for your thoughts.
Nov 26, 2007 02:03 PM #4
Todd Jones
Weichert Realtors - Hibble & Associates - Clarks Summit, PA

Teri - Bring on the FSBO's!

James - I believe education is the key for For Sale By Owners. I don't think they realize all that is involved.

Richard - I provided eight... It is your turn to provide the next 12!!

Terry - I fully agree. Thanks for the comment. 

Todd Jones, Realtor - Selling Scranton, Clarks Summit Real Estate 

Nov 27, 2007 12:16 PM #5
Melissa Sall
Sulek & Dutton Real Estate - Saint Clairsville, OH
Realtor ~ Belmont County ~ Ohio
I also like to explain the emotional trauma! Many people are very attached to their homes after raising families and accumulating 30 years worth of stuff!! Can they handle the negative criticism along with the positive? Sometimes having a realtor involved as a buffer is the best reason to list with an agent.
Nov 28, 2007 05:02 AM #6
Gary J. Rocks
Juba Team Realty - Jefferson Township, NJ


Good post, FSBO's are the greatest most of them have no clue of what is going on. I disagree with educating the seller on price before a commitment there are a lot of Sellers who just use people, try not to fall victim to them. Bait them but don't give away the house until they are ready to commit to you.

Nov 28, 2007 08:11 AM #7
Todd Jones
Weichert Realtors - Hibble & Associates - Clarks Summit, PA

Melissa - I can relate. I just sat through a closing where the seller cried the whole time. She watched her family grow up in the home and it was a bittersweet day for her.

Gary - You make a good point. I was burned once.  

Todd Jones, Realtor - Selling Scranton, Clarks Summit Real Estate 

Nov 28, 2007 12:12 PM #8
Andrew Trevino
ADT Real Estate - Wilkes Barre, PA
Wilkes-Barre Homes For Sale


This is a great list for FSBO's to consider. Unfortunately, it comes down to two things for those who want to go it on their own...Money or Control. Many just don't want to pay for services they don't understand or they don't want to relinquish control of the sale of their home because they believe nobody can do it better than them. It's about creating a partnership that will give them what they want...a sold home.

Solid list and great post. Thanks.

Nov 29, 2007 05:12 AM #9
Midori Miller
Talk 2 Midori, LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Digital Marketing Director
Todd-great list...may have to share this one! 
Dec 10, 2007 01:07 PM #10
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