Are You Sure "For Sale By Owner" Is Right For You

Real Estate Agent with Rinehart Realty

Whenever homeowners are considering selling their home one of the first questions they ask themselves is should they try to do "for sale by owner" instead of listing with a real estate agent.  This is a fair question and many folks think they can manage the process of selling a home on their own while saving commission to a realtor.  Many folks who take this path quickly become disenchanted with the process and all that is involved in trying to sell their home. 

The truth is a real estate agent can help homeowners from the beginning of the process by gathering information such as comps in the area, analyzing home trends, make recommendations to get your home ready to sell and more than anything market your home.  Potential buyers these days are fully utilizing the internet to do home searches and folks trying to sell a home on their own will not have the access to meet the mass number of folks that are surfing the internet each and every day. Realtors utilize a number of sites and can make sure your home is being exposed to as many folks as possible. In addtion the  process of managing showings including having constant access for buyers is very critical in the seling process. Buyers will cross homes off their lists quickly if they cant get access to homes on their terms. With the large invnetory of homes on the market For Sale by Owners properties can miss out quickly on buyers due to communication issues.  

Statistics show that sellers who list with an agent sell their home 20% faster and for a much higher price than those that try to sell themselves.  For sale by owner can work, but you need to understand the pros and cons of the process.  Give us The Guilliams Team a call today for a free consultation and let us help you determine what is the best way for you to sell your home.


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Dan Tabit
Keller Williams Bellevue - Sammamish, WA

Tim & Gina, You are correct.  I've taken over a number of listings for good people who tried on their own but had no success.  The sad thing is in an attempt to save money, many have cost themselves far more then they realize by the time they allowed me to help. 

Mar 30, 2010 06:32 PM #1
Sharon Harris
Keller Williams Keystone Realty - Hanover, PA

Spoken like a true professional. Fsbo's mostly think of the money they can save. When it becomes apparent they need help they call us. Funny then we become the heroes not the greed monsters.

Apr 01, 2010 09:43 AM #2
Mark Montross
Catamount Realty Group - Burlington, VT
Listing and Buyer Specialist

I am new in the business. Do you know where I can find some good statistics such as the ones you quote about homes listed with an agent selling 20% faster, etc.? Thank you, Mark

Apr 01, 2010 02:49 PM #3
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