Should I sell my Fort Wayne home for sale by owner? Probably not...

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843

Why do homeowners sell for sale by owner (FSBO)?  We would guess that 9 out of 10 do it to save money on commissions.  The other 1 out of 10 probably thinks they don't need a Realtor to sell their home.


For Sale By Owner Fort WayneWhile we get it and understand where FSBOs are coming from, we think most fail for many different reasons.


Exposure - When you list FSBO, there are very few websites where your home will be seen.  A lot of real estate websites don't allow FSBOs which really limits your exposure.

Most buyers look on sites like and to name a few, and don't even think or know about FSBO sites. 

When you list your home with us, it gets massive exposure on over 300 real estate websites including all of the big ones.  


Qualified Buyers - We've spoken to many FSBOs that have had buyers interested in their home, but when it came time to get that mortgage they simply couldn't.  

We qualify every single buyer that we show a home to before we show it and make sure that only qualified buyers are viewing our listings.


ContractsContracts - Does a FSBO know what a purchase agreement is and how to read all 7 pages of it?  What about an Alternative Dispute Resolution Addendum?  Do you know how to word the inspection response so you are protected?

In a home sale in Indiana, there are an average of 10 different forms that are used.

We know these like the backs of our hands.  


Negotiating - There are so many things to negotiate in a home sale including purchase price, possession, closing costs, earnest money, closing date, place of closing, home warranties, surveys, closing fee, appliances, personal items, inspections, etc.

We handle these things every single day.  


Preparation - HGTV has plenty of shows about how to get your home ready and decorating ideas, but not everything from those shows apply to every market.  

We have saved clients money by helping them with ideas about what they should and shouldn't do before listing.  We also work with an interior designer that came come in and help as well.  


Presentation - Anybody can take a picture, but it does take some training to learn how to shoot a home to present the best light possible.

We hire a highly skilled photographer to take pictures of our listings.  We also use drone photography and video when needed.


Home inspectors in Fort WayneHome inspections - What qualifies for a major defect?  What rights do the buyers have if the inspection finds black mold?  What if there are foundation issues?

We've handled both major and minor inspection issues for both sellers and buyers.  


Price - The history of sold homes is public record.  Anybody can get online and find other sold homes and come up with an idea of what theirs is worth, but are you comparing apples to apples?  

We know the Fort Wayne real estate market.  Almost all of our sellers get 95% or higher of the sales price because we know how to price homes correctly.  


Title insurance - Do FSBOs even know what title insurance is and why it's important?  

We have very strong relationships with a few title companies that always get the job done.


Appraisal - Who orders it?  What is it?  What is the appraiser looking for?  What happens if the appraisal comes in low?

We know exactly what appraisers are looking for.  We've had a small handful of appraisal issues over the years so we know how to handle them.  


With so many issues going against FSBOs you see very few of them in the real estate market here in Fort Wayne.  

A National Association of Realtors survey shows that less than 10% of FSBOs actually sell.  


Why go through all of this hassle yourself?  Let us do the work for you and let our experience help you not have a BAD experience.  

Feel free to give us a call at (260) 704-0843.  We'll even come to your home and give you a free consultation on everything that we have to offer.  


Hope to hear from you soon!  The Christiansen Team Fort Wayne Realtors



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Fort Wayne Realtors Jared and Amanda Christiansen with Century 21 Bradley

Amanda Christiansen is an award winning Realtor with Christiansen Group Realty.


Jared Christiansen is a business partner and in charge of marketing and taking care of things behind the scene.


Enough about us...


Tell us what you want your real estate experience to be, and we will do it YOUR way.


Buying a home in Fort Wayne? Tell us your wants and needs. Let us know how you envision your family living.  Tell us what's important to YOU, and we'll find the community and home that fits.  


Selling your home in Fort Wayne?  Our job is to make you the most money possible in the shortest amount of time. We offer our sellers professional staging, professional photography, and more internet marketing than most. 


We are committed to giving you everything we have to offer.  We are both full time agents and will work around your schedule.  Do nights and weekends work better for you?  NO PROBLEM. We are here to help YOU at YOUR convenience.


Amanda can be reached at 260-704-0843, and Jared can be reached at 260-704-0842, or you can email us at, or




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Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Amanda and Jared Christiansen You have clearly stated very good reasons why most FSBO need a real estate professional to sell their home. Many are just not prepared for all those unqualified buyers, and all the forms and documents needed to make the sale happen. Everyone thinking about doing a FSBO needs to ready this post.

Jan 28, 2016 04:10 AM #1
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

A nice list of things that FSBO's may not be considering when they think they don't need help.

Feb 11, 2016 07:07 AM #2
Brenda Mullen
RE/MAX Access - Schertz, TX
Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!!

Many think they are saving a ton of money only to find out that's usally not the truth at all.  There are so many steps to selling a home that FSBOs don't even know what they don't know.  

Feb 21, 2016 08:22 AM #3
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