Real Estate Broker/Owner with Beam & Branch Realty TREC #547752


BE YOUR OWN DENTIST!  Yes, you read that too can be your own dentist!  Simply join this network and we will teach you all of the ins and outs of personal dentistry!  Tooth extraction made easy!  Root canals done cheap!  Cavities filled for pennies!,

OK, so I have your attention and with good reason to make my point.  The next time you decide to sell your home yourself or perhaps build your home yourself, you need to make sure that you really know what you are doing.  I for one would never want to be my own dentist and am amazed at the number of people who think selling a home is so simple that anyone can do it.

Before you decide to sell on your own, think about these points:

  • Do you have the correct market data in order to correctly price your home?
  • Have you had training to know how to negotiate through a contract?
  • Are you aware of the importance of the Seller's Disclosures and the legal implications of that form?
  • Most buyers of FSBO's expect to pay much less and the Seller can typically expect to get 15% less for their home because of this.
  • Are you willing to allow just anyone into your home?  Have they been pre-qualified?  Do you know anything about them?  Could they be just checking your home out to come back and possibly rob you?
  • Do you have the time that it takes to market your home, show your home and deal with all of the little details to get to a closing?

These are just a few things to consider when thinking about being your own Realtor.  Realtors are not the enemy.  We are here because we love what we do and our client's best interests are always at the top of our priorities.  Realtors have also spent a great deal of time and money to become licensed and to remain at the top of their field just as any other professional does.

I would be happy to help you sell or buy a home or commercial business.  Call me today for a great real estate experience!  Bandier Realty Partners, LLC can help you find a home, land, farm or ranch or even a high-rise office building!

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   Paula L. McDonald ~ REALTOR®, 

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Kristen Wahl
Re/Max Plus - Rochester, NY

Hilarious post, and EXCELLENT point. It's amazing how many sellers have no clue what goes into selling their home!

Mar 29, 2010 06:38 AM #45
Sonsie Conroy
I serve buyers and sellers everywhere in San Luis Obispo County - San Luis Obispo, CA
Energetic, Enthusiastic, Knowledgeable Realtor

You just can't reason with some people. I have tried on several occasions to get a local FSBO to at least let me come by for an appointment to discuss selling the home with a realtor (me).

This person has had her house on the market for over three years and lives four hours away. The sign is so old, it is covered with vines and impossible to see, let alone read. Our company just sold the house next door (identical, except actually kept in good repair) for $400,000. This woman is asking $600,000.

To top it off, she rarely answers her phone or returns messages...and she speaks very poor English. Nevertheless, she is determined to sell that house herself,and insists that she "must" have $600,000!

As my manager says in a situation like this, just say "next" and move on. But it makes me a little crazy.

Mar 29, 2010 06:59 AM #46
Billy Studstill
Victory Realty, first time home buyer, foreclosure - Mount Juliet, TN
First Time Home Buyers, Foreclosure, Luxury

Great analogy to share with potential sellers. That is a funny picture as well! Now to reschedule my teeth cleaning.... thanks for the reminder! ;)

Mar 29, 2010 07:22 AM #47
Jane Taylor
RE/MAX Realty Group - Gaithersburg, MD

OK that's really funny!!

Mar 29, 2010 07:55 AM #48
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Hey... don't make fun of being your own dentist.  It hard work... heck, being a dentist is like pulling teeth !  Whew.  :)

Mar 29, 2010 08:02 AM #49
Kathy Opatka
Serving Ocean City, MD, & The Delaware Beaches


Great analogy!  I love it when people "brag" about how easy it was to sell their own home!  And then you see the SALES PRICE and realize they undersold it by thousands of Dollars!

I once had a Seller who called me & said that he didn't need me after all!  Someone in his building was going to GIVE HIM $1,000 OVER THE LAST SOLD PRICE IN THE BUILDING!  I called him and told him the PRICE IT SHOULD SELL FOR!  He pocketed an extra $35,000 by Listing with me!

Mar 29, 2010 08:49 AM #50
Liz Ellis
San Luis Obispo Realty - San Luis Obispo, CA

Point well made from a realtor who is painting my own house. So not worth it!

Mar 29, 2010 09:07 AM #51
Gregory Bain
Mezzina Real Estate & Insurance - Little Egg Harbor, NJ
For Homes on the Jersey Shore

Very funny picture and your title got my attention. But, I would be very careful making comparisons to dentists, lawyers, doctors, accountants, etc. with what we do.

Mar 29, 2010 09:42 AM #52
Cynthia Larsen
Cotati, CA
Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA

I know an agent here that says "are you going to be able to ask the buyer for a copy of his bank accounts to make sure he has enough cash to close?".  That does the trick for her.  Great pic, and great post, thanks for the laugh.

Mar 29, 2010 10:26 AM #53
Fred Sweezer Sr.
Hud Certified 203K Consultant - Long Beach, CA
Certified Home Inspector

I am not good at being my own dentist!

Mar 29, 2010 01:31 PM #55
Mark Lackey
Atlanta Housing Source at Solid Source Realty, Inc. - Norcross, GA

Great post.  Iwill share with my dentist.

Mar 29, 2010 01:57 PM #56
Samantha Davault
Alexander Chandler Realty - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX


What a perfect comparison!!!  Should get the attention of anyone thinking that they can do it themselves.  Thanks for the post!!!

Mar 29, 2010 03:23 PM #57
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices


What an amazing photoshop job, but makes for a great point. What seems so easy, may in reality be confusing and overwhelming.

I know how to build a house. You need to pour a clab, then erect walls, then put the roof, and then make it all nice inside.

And this knowledge of mine is fine, until I actually take upon myself building a house...

Mar 29, 2010 04:15 PM #58

I run into this all the time.  Realtors who think they are mortgage experts; Loan Officers who think they are appraisal experts; Sellers who think that Texas-shaped swimming pool should be worth an extra $30k.  And everybody is just certain they can do what Realtors do, no problem...Not quite. 

Here's an idea, stick to what you know and refer/hire everything else out to competent professionals.

I learned this the hard way when I decided to install my own wood floors.  Many $$$ later a professional is now finishing things up and I couldn't be happier (except that I cost myself $500 trying to be a Home Depot-trained expert).

Mar 29, 2010 08:20 PM #59
Dave Miller

'Be your own Dentist'  What a great line - really hits home even without the photo.  Thanks, I'll be using it!

Mar 30, 2010 01:35 AM #60
John Howard
Century 21 LeMac Realty - Mountain Home, AR
GRI, Mountain Home, Arkansas 870-404-3614

Paula, Thanks for the post.  Well thought out and folks need to think about it...

Mar 30, 2010 02:21 AM #61
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Prado Real Estate South - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

I DO LOVE the teef Paula! My husband now calls the plumber when we need something done outside his professional scope! It has actually cost us much less money, time & energy! Thanks for using your sense of humor to get the point across!

Mar 31, 2010 02:02 PM #62
Wayne B. Pruner
Oregon First - Tigard, OR
Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI

Well said Paula. I like your analogy. Everyone is a real estate expert!

May 11, 2010 05:20 PM #63
Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA

Paula, This plays into my old saying I don't do your job so don't do my job.

Aug 25, 2010 01:36 AM #64
Matt Robinson
Professional Investors Guild - Pensacola, FL

I knew exactly where you were going as soon as I read the subject title, but I wanted to drop you a quick line to say, "Great job" on a compelling title.  Very eye-catching.

Sep 02, 2010 10:37 AM #65
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