When A RealtorĀ® Sells Her House

Real Estate Sales Representative with Canyonside Irwin Realty Inc.

Hello Patricia,

I have listed two homes (primary residences). The sales went smoothly, quickly and without a hitch. I do not think I would want to represent the buyer when selling my own home, I was glad to have another agent bring the buyers. It is stressful, just as it is for anyone selling a home. I can relate to so many of the blogs comments. You have to leave the emotion out and do all the other things we advise our sellers to do.


Original content by Patricia Kennedy AB95346

When doctors gets sick, they go to a doctor - a colleague - to seek treatment.

When a lawyer is facing the slammer, he hires the best lawyer he can find to represent him.

When Realtors® decide it's time for a move, they almost always list their own homes.

The thought of moving has crossed my mind lately, and it's also crossed my mind that, when it comes to my own house, I have not one objective cell in my body.  I need someone to come in an boss me - tell me what to do.

Over the past couple of months, I've shown several houses with listing information that indicated "agent owner". 

  • The prices were all optimistic
  • One had dining room walls covered with carnivorous wall paper
  • Another had a swimming pool with muddy water and a bunch of leaves floating around
  • One reeked from an overdose of scented candles
  • Fang, the Realtor® eating Rotweiller lived in one, making it incredibly scary to show
  • A couple of the virtual tours sucked
  • The "brochures" on some consisted of reprints of the MRIS printout
  • Most were somewhat complicated to show

Basically, without professional guidance from another real estate professional, we're like a doctor trying to take out her own tonsils.  Not a good idea!

Sure, we can get advice from the people in our office, but if we're paying a professional for the advice, we are more likely to take it.  And if the value of what we do for other people is really worth what they pay us, perhaps it would be worth it to pay a really good Realtor® to provide the same service for ourselves.

Comments (3)

Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thanks for reblogging. I had missed Patricia's post. I would list my own home because I know I can do a great job.

Nov 28, 2009 05:20 AM
Barbara Linick
ERA Troy, Realtors - Hollywood Park, TX

I think the "good" Realtors can successfully list their own homes for sale.  You need to be able to practice what you preach!

Nov 28, 2009 05:44 AM
Sara Bullers

Hello Gita,

That is a great attitude.

Sara Bullers

Nov 28, 2009 08:07 AM