Can you sell your house without a real estate agent? Of course you can!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Richard Weisser Realty

Can you sell your house without a real estate agent? Of course you can by Richard WeisserI am not one of those real estate brokers that will tell you that you can’t sell your own home.

Of course you can!

I am not a mechanic. I often work on my own vehicles.

I am not a trained chef. But I’m a pretty good cook and I prepare a lot of the meals that we eat at home.

I am not a physician. But I often diagnose my condition and determine if there is an available therapy without the intervention of medical professionals.

As a matter of fact, I am one of those people that likes to do everything myself.

However, I will take my car to the shop if I determine it is not worth the time or effort for me to fix it or if I feel that I don’t have the appropriate tools at my disposal.

I will eat at a restaurant if it is convenient and it saves me the trouble of clean up.

I will go to a doctor or hospital if I think that I need treatment that is beyond my level of skill.

Real estate brokerage is a service. If you feel like it would be a beneficial service you can shop price and level of service and determine if the benefit of hiring a licensed, professional broker outweighs the cost of doing so.

It’s a business decision, nothing more, nothing less.


But it’s my business, and it’s what I do!


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  2. Praful Thakkar 11/16/2014 01:14 PM
  3. Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty 11/16/2014 09:44 PM
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Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

And you do your business very well. Beyond my level of skill? is what a consumer should be asking himself.

Nov 16, 2014 04:03 AM #15
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Richard - perfect example.  I can do certain things ok but a professional in that area can give me results beyond my own expectations.  That is true with a Realtor.

Nov 16, 2014 04:41 AM #16
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Yes, you're right - of course they COULD, but should they?  

Nov 16, 2014 06:08 AM #17
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


I would answer you with "it depends!"

It depends of the real estate savvy of the seller and the skill of the potential broker.

Nov 16, 2014 06:54 AM #18
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


As long as the value is there, it can be a good business decision.

Nov 16, 2014 06:54 AM #19
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional

I wrote this post for the industry and not for sellers. We, in the business, need to fully understand that we need to justify the cost of our service against the benefits to the real estate service consumer.

It is not a given that every seller benefit from every real estate professional in every case.

Nov 16, 2014 06:57 AM #20
Jeanne Dufort
Coldwell Banker Lake Country - Madison, GA
Madison and Lake Oconee GA

Excellent post - we all have choices, after all.

Nov 16, 2014 09:15 AM #21
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Folks think they know a  lot more than they really know due to all the information on the web.  I think the NAR ads do not educate folks on the value of hiring a profesional to assist them.  

Nov 16, 2014 10:49 AM #22
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Richard Weisser - one thing is for sure, Doctors cannot do surgery on themselves (just kidding!).

We are in a service industry and we should be paid for what we do! And if the consumers think they don't want to, well, have fun! They can - however, it won't be as good as what a PRO would do - most of the time.

Nov 16, 2014 01:09 PM #23
Catherine Ulrey
Keller Williams Capital City - Salem, OR
Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist

Great points!  I just took my vacumm cleaner to the shop, because I didn't know how to tune it up.  It works like its brand new again.  We go to professionals for  a reason!

Nov 16, 2014 01:20 PM #24
Tom Bailey
Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc. - Oak Island, NC

Well done Richard. You are right some can do it and some can not. We have here  a large second home market. Most settlers  usually find that second homes are very hard to sell from a distance.

Nov 16, 2014 07:40 PM #25
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Richard,

I just came over from Patricia's post highlighting your post. I'm still not sure why it is not featured! Well done...I firmly believe "I do what I do best and hire the rest!"

Nov 16, 2014 08:54 PM #26
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

The key in all of these situations is simply knowing your limitations and comfort level.

Nov 16, 2014 09:39 PM #27
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Richard Weisser what a great post.... someone missed this one when selecting features.... the bottom line here is yes, they can sell but many will get a sale price of less than if they had listed with an agent and many will get themselves in th middle of a legal battle ....and all they needed to do was pay a "modest commission" to avoid all problems....

Nov 16, 2014 09:50 PM #28
Deb Espinoza
Stage Presence Homes, San Diego Real Estate - Ramona, CA
GRI, Broker, SRS,ABR ePro, SFR, CNE

well said!  as one of my favorite Bible verses says "everything is permissible but not everything is beneficial" 

Nov 16, 2014 11:59 PM #29
Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

Hi Richard, what a great blog with lots of analogies about our service.

Nov 17, 2014 03:39 AM #30
Claude Labbe
Real Living | At Home - Washington, DC
Realty for Your Busy Life

Spot on.  I'm giving a talk this week on "Outsourcing", which you now give me the change to link to again.

Lots of those things I can do on my own too, but I'll draw the line on surgery.  That, I won't even try.

Nov 17, 2014 11:33 AM #31
Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA


You do more than I would.  But I think a lot of people think in the current market that anyone could sell their own home.  Not true.  there are so many elements of a sale that we know that a home owners does not know.  We have the expertise necessary to take a sale to concludion.  Not everyone can do that.

Nov 17, 2014 11:41 AM #32
Jenna Dixon
DRA Homes | Cobb County Real Estate - Marietta, GA
Empowers You With a Better Real Estate Experience

Richard, i agree, it depends.  Like you, I am a do it yourselfer.  I don't like to pay for services that I don't need.  That being said, you won't find me crawling around on the roof of my two storey house cleaning the gutters.  Somet hings are worth the money to offset the risk.

If only I had a ranch...

Nov 17, 2014 09:53 PM #33
Dana Hollish Hill
Hollish Hill Group, KW Capital Properties - Bethesda, MD
Lead Associate Broker

Love it! That is exactly right. It's a business decision. Sometimes people make the right decision and sometimes they do not. It's good to know they have a choice. 

Nov 18, 2014 10:51 PM #34
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