Is it better to sell my home with a Realtor or For Sale by Owner?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Experience Real Estate Group, LLC BK3223497

I get asked this question frequently. Usually the reasons people give for wanting to go FSBO (for sale by owner) include:

  Wanting to save money on the commission real estate agents charge.

  Having a bad experience with a real estate agent in the past.

  Never having used an agent before and not knowing why they need one.

  Having confidence they can sell it as easily on their own.

  Not being in a rush to sell, and figuring they can always hire an agent later if it doesn’t work out.


Some of these reasons are based on good evidence, while others are not. I’m currently writing a guide to help sellers decide whether selling by owner is right for them or not.

What reasons have you heard people give when they decide to sell on their own? Let me know!


Comments (2)

Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

You dont get an eggroll with either one...One is a lunch special and the other is fine dining...

Dec 07, 2013 11:29 PM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Good morning A.J.  Yeah I see FSBO signs around town and without doubt shortly I see a real estate sign in it's place.  I suppose the sellers find out real quick it's not going to show if it's not in the MLS, it's dangerous letting strangers in your home and finally they don't have a clue what they are doing and called a REALTOR.

Dec 07, 2013 11:32 PM