My tooth aches but I think dentists charge to much so I’m going to try to pull it out myself.

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Independent Real Estate Broker DRE#00972295

I know it sounds crazy but I’d rather risk it then to have to pay those outrageous dental prices. How hard can it be?  There’s no law that says I can’t pull out my own tooth!

.....Of course, I'm kidding!

This blog is dedicated to those For Sale By Owners know as FSBOs!

There are some things you can do yourself with no major consequence like, doing your own nails, doing your own hair but really...there are some things that should be done by a professional like: pulling your tooth out or selling your home.

What can you do for me that I can’t do for myself?  You maybe asking!

Well, as a professional Realtor my full-time job is to sell your home, and in today’s challenging market, it’s a full time job to sell a home.  I can’t imagine someone trying to work all day long at their regular job and then have to take on another full time job of selling their own home.   

As a full time Realtor ®, this is what I can do for you:

Correct Pricing

As your Realtor®, I will prepare a custom market analysis and create a unique pricing and marketing strategy. Most homes don’t sell because they are not priced right. Many "For Sale by Owners" don’t have the experience in home evaluations and often price it either too high or too low.  Hiring a professional Realtor will ensure you that you get “market price” for your home or investment property. 

Right Exposure

As your Realtor ®, I post your property not just in the MLS but on my websites, and real estate blogs in addition to all the other traditional marketing methods.  As a "For Sale By Owner" you will have to spend money marketing your property, buying signs, printing fliers, creating a website, conducting your own open house, etc. A Realtor that is knowledgeable will know how to give your property the Right Exposure. Do you  have the time and money to spend marketing your property? The fact is that the exposure a Realtor can give your property can never be matched by anyone.  By not listing your home with a professional Realtor® there are hundreds if not thousands of potential buyers who will never see your home.  

Show your home anytime

Buyers will need to see your home before they make an offer, at least most buyers do. Will you be available during the day to show your home?  Will you have to leave work early to meet a buyer that you don’t even know if he/she is qualified to buy?  Will you be able to schedule your life around the needs of the buyer?

With the use of a Supra lockbox, a Realtor® can show your home any time and as your Realtor® I will always know who is going in and out of your home.  Only professional Realtors will have access to your property.  If you do not wish to have a supra lockbox for whatever reason, don't worry, as your Realtor®, I'd be available to be present at all showings. 

Show your home to only qualified Buyers

Or are you going to show your home to anyone and everyone, even if they can’t buy? As your Realtor ® I will only let qualified buyers see your home, and I will instruct other Realtors to only show to qualified buyers.  So you will never have looky-loos with me as your Realtor.

Get you the best and highest offer

Most buyers who are looking at For Sale By Owner homes are bargain hunters and will make extremely low offers regardless if the home is priced well or not. Bargain hunters will make several low-ball offers on different properties because they are not serious buyers.  As your Realtor®, I only work with serious buyers who want to buy.  

Qualify the Buyers

Will you be doing the qualifying?  Do you know how to qualify the buyer? Will you be running their credit? Analyzing their financials and making sure the debt ratio is acceptable? Verifying their down payment?  Verifying their job? I personally qualify all buyers before they make any offer on a home listed by me.

Even the founder of ended up hiring a professional Realtor after he failed to sell it himself. {}


If you own an home or investment property in the Downey-Long Beach area and you need a Realtor®, please feel free to call me at (562) 916-3237 anytime to discuss how I can help you sell your home.

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Aida Pinto (562) 884-6196
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Collette Sarmento
Cameron Real Estate Group - Wakefield, MA
781*258*9718--Your Agent For Life

OMG, I love that, can I borrow it?

Oct 19, 2011 04:19 AM #1
Aida Pinto
Independent Real Estate Broker - Los Angeles, CA
Real Estate Broker (562) 884-6196

Hi Collette can....thanks for your comment.

Oct 19, 2011 04:21 AM #2
Doug Rogers
Bayou Properties - Alexandria, LA
Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent

Just before he went into assisted living my Great Grandfather would get drunk and pull his teeth with a pair of pliers. He was the cheapest man I ever met.

Oct 19, 2011 04:30 AM #3
James Loftis - West Palm Beach, FL

Dental insurance can help with the high cost of dental work.

Oct 19, 2011 04:52 AM #4
Leslie G. Rojohn
MoonDancer Realty - Sylva, NC
GRI, ABR ~ MoonDancer Realty

As one un-lucky enough to be without medical insurance for years, the do it yourself dentistry and podiatry and many other medical treatments makes more sense than it should.  But if I were a lay person, I would NEVER try to sell my home myself.  Good post.

Oct 19, 2011 05:47 AM #5
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Aida this is a GREAT post!  You'll have everyone just by the title.  And all FISBO's should be reading this one.  Excellent points.


Featured in BananaTude

Oct 19, 2011 07:27 AM #6
Tatyana Makarov
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - South Windsor, CT
Your Greater Hartford Area Realtor

Hi Anna,

that is too funny, but is so true!!!

Have a great day!

Oct 19, 2011 08:24 AM #7
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Hi Anna, love the title and had to stop by.  As a professional interior decorator and home stager, I get the do it yourselfers all the time-they are usually the ones that never hire a professional and guess what, their homes are testimonial  to that!

Oct 19, 2011 09:33 AM #8
Aida Pinto
Independent Real Estate Broker - Los Angeles, CA
Real Estate Broker (562) 884-6196

Thanks Joanna, Tatyanna, Anna 'Banana', Leslie, James, and Doug for your comment and visiting my blog....Ana 'Banana'....double thanks for the feature on BananaTude!

Oct 19, 2011 06:46 PM #9
Marge Piwowarski
Phoenix AZ Horse Property - Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix AZ Horse Property, LLC


I LOVE it!  Like a few others here, I come from a line of folk who have and would pull it themselves.  Happily, most of the world would prefer an expert. 

Oct 20, 2011 09:29 AM #10
Paul Gapski
Berkshire Hathaway / Prudential Ca Realty - El Cajon, CA
619-504-8999,#1 Resource SD Relo

So you are thinking you can sell your home yourself (FSBO or for-sale-by-owner), and save the commission you would have to pay if you used the services of a professional realtor, below are 6 things to think about first.

1) FSBOs are not allowed to list their home for sale in the MLS (multiple listing service) because it is a industry membership organization and only available to licensed real estate agents & brokers. This also means that many websites and search engines including the most popular ones such as, Trulia.comand AOL will not list FSBOs as they get their listings from the MLS.
2) Real Estate Agents and Brokers are less likely to show FSBO homes because the buyers agent receives a percentage of the commission the seller pays to the listing agent. This percentage is agreed upon and shown in writing in the listing agreemement which is a legally binding document. So even if the FSBO says he will pay the buyers agent their commission their is no legally binding document in place so most agents won't go through with the transaction.
3) Like many homeowners FSBOs usually overprice their homes because they believe that their home is worth more than comparable homes in the same neighborhood. The benefits of using a real estate agent is that they can provide a Comparable Market Analysis (C.M.A) which will help you price your home competitively and provide tips for improving the home's appeal.
4) Buyers will spend less time in a FSBO if the owner is present during the showings, and they will feel shy about discussing its good and bad points with their agent if the owner can hear them.
5) There are many legal issues in a real estate transactions and FSBO's who overlook any of the legal disclosure requirements could find themselves in an expensive buyer lawsuit after the transaction closes.
6. Only 9% of home listed by FSBOs sell and of those that do the majority sell for 6% or more less than those sold using the services of a realtor.
Feb 06, 2012 09:20 AM #11
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