What is a Limited Service Listing?

Reblogger Lesley Wilson-VanGoethem
Real Estate Agent with Innovative Realty Solutions Group BK3248318

This is such a great blog about the struggles of  home-selling...

many think all we (Realtors) do is open a door,not realizing all the hours we spend getting the potential buyers vetted by lenders, research of comparable comps ,etc  etc...


Original content by Scott Godzyk NH License 033394

Do you like Fun houses? How about the rolling barrel at the end that can spin you upside down never letting you out as a clown laughs at you? Well that is what a  Manchester NH area Home Owner described it as when they tried a Limited Service Listing. They paid a flat fee up front where the agent put their home in the MLS and directed all calls to the seller. They then said they celebrated all the savings. Days turned turned to weeks and no calls. They then got their first calls, a Buyer who wanted to come Right over. They both left work early. They got the home ready and met them at the door, the buyer spent an hour their, they loved the home, said they wanted it, joined them for lunch where they said in a few years they will be ready for home like this. 



In the next couple of months they got similar calls and lots of people looking to rent their home. They dropped the price and dropped the price and still nothing. a few months later, no sale and out a grand.


They were talking to a neighbor down the street that asked how their home sale was going. The neighbor told them I sold them their home and contact me.


Here I am, i enter the picture and print their MLS listing.  I asked them about how they set their price, they looked for what is for sale and added some because their home is better than the neighbors. I asked them if their limited service agent had gone over pricing, staging the home for showings, what info to put in MLS and what not to as well as what is happening in the market. They replied no as that would be $250 extra paid up front per call or visit.  


They finally came to the realization they have gone about selling their home incorrectly. I went over everything I would in a normal initial listing meeting. They sat with their jaws open. The sellers mother in law walks in started with the "I told you so's" Here is a few of her great one liner's.


1. You wouldn't go to a Limited Service Accountant for your businesses taxes who told you to post them online waiting for them to do themselves.

2. You wouldn't go to a limited service Doctor who posted how to perform your own operation.

3. You wouldn't let your daughter go to a limited Service school that posted a sign to teach yourself. 

4. You would not hire a limited service plumber to fix your water leak.

5. You probably would hire a limited service Lawyer when my daughter divorces you for being a cheapskate.



It just got better from their as i fought to hold back laughter and tears.



The hard truth is that it is NOT that easy to sell your own home. Today's Real Estate market an dhow mortgages are given are challenging for professionals and can be a mine field for those trying it on their own.





If you really want to sell your home, DO IT THE RIGHT WAY FROM THE START. 



Modeling credit to my daughter in the fun house. 



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The BEST way to be prepared for Selling or Buying a home is by hiring a "GOOD" Agent. One that will guide you through each step of the Buying or Selling process. To the consumers who were successful, they found the secret which I would like to share with you. 





 1. LEARN THIS ONE FACT: One should know that All Agents are not created equal and every buyer or seller should take the time to hire the BEST not just the biggest Agent or Company. It is important to Hire the BEST Agent. In NH that could be me.   

2. CHOOSE THE RIGHT AGENT: As a Buyer OR Seller in this market you need every advantage you can to get your home sold. It starts with choosing the right agent. a. Ask for a Full time agent whose sole job is to sell homes. b. Ask for a Full service agent who will guide you through each step of the selling process. Discount brokers often equal discount services. c. Ask for a Local agent who knows your neighborhood and is readily available when you need them is a must. Out of town agents can leave you high and dry in your time of need. d. Ask for a well experienced Listing Agent can give you the advantages you need when selling your home. Not all agents are created equal. Choose only the best.  

 3. HOME BUYERS SHOULD START BY:  Getting a FREE PRE-QUALIFICATION with a local and trusted lender. They will look at your credit and financial picture and let you know what type of mortgage you may qualify for and what your interest rate and monthly payment may be.   

4. HOME SELLERS SHOULD START BYGetting a FREE MARKET ANALYSIS. Learn what your property is worth in today's market along with how ling it may take to sell. If you are ready to sell now, learn what you should ask for it. How much offers may come in at and what the approximate selling price should be. NH Home owners should contact me now.   



IN SUMMARY the key to having a successful purchase or sale can increase simply choosing a better agent. The secret is that All Agents are not created equal and every buyer or seller should take the time to hire the BEST not just the biggest. I leave you with now infamous philosophy, which is simple, to provide more personal and professional service to guide my clients through each step of the buying or selling process.



It does not take magic to turn your "For Sale" sign into a "Sold" sign. it takes a full time Local Agent who specializes in Listing homes like yours.

If you are thinking of buying a Home please contact us. Get a free pre-qualification along with some of the BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE through each step of the Buying Prices.





If you need to sell your home and you owe more than your house is worth, i may be able to help. I specialize in working with home owners to get your home sold. There are many options such as a short sale which may be able to help you.

Please try and avoid out of state or out of town agents and companies that make "out of this world promises". We are local agents with experience who never charge any up front fees.




We are local agents with experience who GET RESULTS!!!


We stand by you through every step in selling your home.


Another reason that makes New Hampshire a great place to Live, Work and Play.


About the Author: Scott Godzyk is the Owner/Broker of the Godzyk Real Estate Services in Manchester NH. With 29 years of experience, Scott is a leading Agent for Listing and Selling Homes in this area. To CONTACT Scott Godzyk please call 603.661.2121 or EMAIL: Sctprop@aol.com . We are Full Time Agents ready to serve all of your Real Estate needs through each step of the buying and Selling process. We are proud to be locally owned and operated.

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Lesley Wilson-VanGoethem
Innovative Realty Solutions Group - Winter Springs, FL
Residential Real Estate Broker Associate

GREAT Blog! Reposting!!!

Feb 20, 2015 12:46 AM #1
John G. Johnston
John G. Johnston & Associates, LLC - Westcliffe, CO
An Exclusive Buyer's Agent ~ Westcliffe, CO

Lesley  Thanks for sharing Scott's blog.  He's a good writer and this one is too funny!  Enjoy your day

Mar 02, 2015 09:35 AM #2
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi Lesley Wilson-VanGoethem ,  Nice choice for a re-blog,  Have a great week.

Mar 08, 2015 01:19 PM #3
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Definitely a great choice for a reblog - I had missed this one myself.

Mar 09, 2015 05:33 AM #4
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