Should I Try For Sale By Owner?

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty - Cenla Partners Louisiana 0000073964

Should I try for sale by owner, or as someone asked me, "Don't you think that is best?" More than 60% of lawsuits involving real estate transactions involve for sale by owners.

Why would you think that would be? There are several reasons I can think of.

1) No property condition disclosures;

2) No comprehensive contract;

3) No knowledge of process;

4) No knowledge of loan types and ability to talk with lenders in a productive manner;

5) No idea what to do if the house doesn't appraise for contract value;

6) No knowledge of how to handle issues when they arise (and at least 95% have issues from minor to major).

I am sure there are more.

About 90% of for sale by owners list with agents to get their houses sold. A house is your largest investment. Leave it to the licensed professionals. We take 12 continuing education hours every year to keep us abreast of changes. Those of us who have been in the business for several years may have taken additional training.  Those initials behind our names mean just that.  For example, National Association of REALTORS (NAR) has multiple designation courses; i.e., SRS (Seller Residential Specialist); ABR® (Accredited Buyer Representative®); GRI (Graduate REALTOR Institute); CRS (Certified Residential Specialist).  

We sell multiple houses every year. I would even be leery of buying a for sale by owner house for the same reasons cited above.


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Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

Most FSBO sellers eventually realize there is a lot more to selling and buying a house than sticking a sign in the yard and going to closing to pick up a check. 

Sep 12, 2017 05:25 PM #1
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

There are many reasons people should use agents to get their home sold. Sometimes, a FSBO can successfully sell their own home at a good price with no issues, but most of the time, it's really beneficial for them to use a listing agent.

Jan 30, 2018 04:51 PM #2
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