Want to sell your home for sale by owner? Read this first.

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Want to sell your home for sale by owner? Read this first.

I ran across the following article while reading the REALTOR® Magazine put out by the National Association of Realtors®. At least once a week I receive a call from someone requesting advice on how to sell their home "for sale by owner" or FSBO. While I respect their decision and always offer my assistance I know that I am doing them a disservice by not telling them why I feel this may cost them big in the long term. Well here are the current statistics...
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Survey Reveals Success of REALTORS® vs. FSBOs

Daily Real Estate News | Monday, August 20, 2012

Home sellers are more than twice as likely to get their homes sold if they use a REALTOR®, rather than trying to sell their home on their own, according to a new survey conducted by HomeGain of 400 home owners nationwide from July 31 to Aug. 10.
Seventy-three percent of the home owners surveyed said they used a REALTOR®. On the other hand, 21 percent of those surveyed said they tried to sell their home themselves.
The survey found that 66 percent of the home owners who used a REALTOR® were able to successfully sell their home compared to 30 percent of for-sale-by-owners.
What’s more, the survey found that 22 percent of the for-sale-by-owners eventually decided to use a REALTOR® to try to sell their home. More than half of those who did were then able to sell their homes too, the survey found.
“The value of a REALTOR® in a real estate transaction is made strikingly apparent in our 2012 FSBO verses REALTOR® survey of home sellers,” says Louis Cammarosano, general manager of HomeGain. “A qualified REALTOR® understands the dynamics of the market and can better assist home sellers in the pricing and preparation of their homes for sale.”
Source: HomeGain


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Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA

Katherine, you bring out a point we need to point out more often. 

Jan 07, 2013 01:03 AM #1
Patricia Aulson
Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes

Thanks for getting this out to ust today.  I enjoyed the read.


Patricia Aulson/ Seacoast NH & ME REALTOR

Jan 07, 2013 01:14 AM #2
Dan Hopper
Dan Hopper - Individual Proprietor - Westminster, CO
Denver Realtor / Author / Advocate/Short Sale

It would be interesting to know what the percentage of FSBOs that DID sell their home without listing it with a real estate broker, used a real estate broker that brought the buyer to their door, and had a successful closing.  I have done this a few times over the years, myself.

Jan 07, 2013 01:35 AM #3
Shannon Milligan, Richmond VA Real Estate Agent/Associate Broker
RVA Home Team - Richmond, VA
RVA Home Team - Winning with Integrity.

Statistic don't lie! It can be very frustrating when you know what to do to help someone and they don't want to listen!

Jan 07, 2013 02:05 AM #4
Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Even when a FSBO does land a Buyer, they often get lost in the paperwork and the requirements, and they don't make it to Closing!

Jan 07, 2013 11:16 PM #5
Katherine Barclay
Century 21 Ocean - Melbourne, FL
That Realtor Gal

Exactally Fred! The general public often does not realize how much work a REALTOR does. If it was super easy everyone would be doing it...right? ;)

Jan 08, 2013 01:47 AM #6
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