For Sale by Owner, Pros and Cons, Gray Maine, houses for sale

Real Estate Agent with Five Star Realty
For many people the option of selling their house own their own is not really an option due to circumstances, such as being transferred through work or just the time needed to sell your own property is not available. The Pros, or upside of selling your home yourself.
  1. More Money in your pocket if you are not paying a realtor's commission.
  2. You know your house the best, so who better to point out all the ammenties.
  3. You have complete control over the entire transaction, from setting the price, to showings, to all negotiations and prequalifing buyers (just to name a few).

The Cons, or downside of selling your home yourself.

  1. You dramatically reduce the exposure and limit the number of prospective buyers compared to what you would have received with a realtor. 88% of all home sales were sold with the assistance of a realtor, according to a 2007 survey by the National Association of Realtors. We use the Multiple Listing Service which contains approximatetly 95% of all homes on the market.
  2. Don't be so sure about putting more money in your pocket. According to the National Assocaition of Realtors, the median for homes sold privately with their owners went for much less than the median for homes sold through a realtor. Many people feel more comfortable negotiating aggressivly with a home owner than when dealing with a realtor. People also feel that they can purchase the house for much less because the owner isn't paying a realtor's commission. See hottom of page on how to pay less commission.
  3. You may know your home better, but how well do you know the buyer and what the buyer's likes and dislikes are? An experienced broker knows how to downplay the negatives and read potential buyers interest and reinforce those positive aspects of the home. Remember, as a realtor, in a month's time we are involved in more real estate transactions than the average person is in their lifetime.

Most buyers today work closely with a realtor for the same reason most people who are selling a home use a realtor. Saving time and lots of it. Just preparing the paperwork and advertizing needed to sell your homes is overwhelming for most people. Then add in handling all the calls with questions about your home, showing your home at all hours of the day and on weekends. And when all is said and done and you get an offer, then negotiations, inspections, and you had better have an attorney review the contract at the very least, so subtract at least $1000 there for that advice and deed preparation.

When it is all over with, most people say they would never try to sell their home again on their own. Turn it all over to a professional realtor and all you have to do is keep your house tidy and let your realtor do the rest.

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Comments (1)

Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

If 85% of folks go on line to find a home, and unless your place is everywhere on line from enhanced sites, your real estate office, blog, video, podcast sites, who outside of the neighborhood is going to know about the home from your store bought black and white and orange FOR SALE sign. It's like winking at a girl in the dark, the outside buyers used to higher prices or someone five towns away has no clue your home is for sale. Don't keep it a secret, list it with a full time, hard working proven REALTOR that is tied in to the MLS network, has customers from past sales or office/email "visits" from the last year..ideal candidates, prospects to get a write up with images, video and then help with financing, working out the logistics of an emotional big deal sale. Would you operate on yourself if you had an ache needing to be tended to? Me neither...way way too close to the situation and have not experience, knowledge or exposure to the job needing to be done.

Mar 29, 2010 02:33 AM