What does this pile of dirt mean to this Home Seller?

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Alabama Gulf Coast
Original content by Scott Godzyk NH License 033394

Do you know what a septic system is or even does? In rural areas where there is no pubic sewer, each home most often has it's own septic system. This is a story about a FSBO seller who tried on their own to sell their Manchester NH area homeThey wanted to save money and thought it would be easier than it is. They really did not understand how the septic system or most systems in their home worked. They bought it, lived there and now needed to sell as they are expecting their 4th child.  


They had a couple of offers but they always fell through.They reluctantly accepted a low offer just to move on. The buyer had an inspection (by a friend) not a licensed inspector. The buyer asked for the seller to credit them for fixing and or replacing everything from the roof, furnace and the septic system. 


Mrs. FSBO seller told a fellow mom at school about their issues. The Mom from school referred me to help them. Hearing the story, I really needed to visit the home and review their paperwork so I could see for myself what was going on in order to provide proper advice. The first thing was that the home was only 10 years old. None of these things should have failed. The second thing was i recognized the buyers name as a person who buys, fixes and resells homes. Lastly I noticed the seller still had a week to respond the sellers request or cancel the contract as it was written. 


The first step was having my favorite real estate attorney review their contract. He was appalled at how this seller was taken advantage of and wrote a full release for the seller. Next was we had a proper inspection of the home and septic for the seller to know what we were against. There was no major issues with the home. They pumped and inspected the septic. I included a picture of the test pit in the leach field. Perfectly clear as it should be. NEXT I went over what the home was worth, where offers may come in and what price they would most likely sell the home. I let them know what they should do to ready the home and get ready for buyers to start seeing it. 



Within days we had a full price offer, over $40,000 more than they were selling FSBO and the buyer asked for zero repairs.




IN THE END trying to take a short cut and trying to save money were costing them much more than selling with a full service agent. Getting a higher sales price, having someone else handle the stress means more money and less stress for the seller.  


The PROBLEM is that selling your home on your own is not easy. It takes work. It takes patience and knowledge. It takes doing things right. For what he tried to save cost him money, time and perhaps his marriage. 



There is a difference from agent to agent.  That a Buyer or Seller should not choose just any agent, choose the BEST agent for the job. My philosophy is simple, provide more personal and professional service to guide my clients through each step of the buying or selling process. All Agents are not created equal and every buyer or seller should take the time to hire the BEST not just the biggest. Those that hire me, find a dedication like no other.



To CONTACT Scott Godzyk please call 603.661.2121 or EMAIL: Sctprop@aol.com .


About the Author: Scott Godzyk is the Owner/Broker of the Godzyk Real Estate Services in Manchester NH. Proud to be locally owned and operated with 32 years of experience, Scott is a leading Agent for Listing and Selling Homes in this area.We are Full Time Agents ready to serve all of your Real Estate needs. Servicing Hillsborough, Rockingham, Merrimack and Belknap counties. 




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Comments (1)

Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Good morning 

Thank you for sharing your information with us Cynthia "Cyndi" Cook 

Have a great day.


Dec 02, 2018 07:58 AM