What can be worse than buying a FSBO? It is a FSBUM

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Godzyk Real Estate Services NH License 033394

Have you ever heard of a FSBUM? That would be For Sale by Uncle Mike. Who is Uncle Mike? Well he is the Uncle of this gentleman who wanted to save some money while selling his home. Uncle Mike sold a couple of homes during his life and said "Who needs a Realtor anyway?"


I came across this home quite by accident. A lady whose home I sold walked into me at Dunkin Donuts. She remembered me from selling her parents home a couple of years back. Well she is married to the fella who is having Uncle Mike help them sell their home. What could the problem be you ask?


Besides that is not selling, Uncle Mike is not a licensed agent here in the Manchester NH area. He also is not very good at marketing. His online ad stated "If you can get by the decorating of this home, you can get your self a steal."


Needless to say she decorated the home and her friend brought this to her attention. She is insulted, she is fed up and ready to sell her home the right way.


Could I come by and meet her husband and see the home? I sure could but she needed to call me when the hubby was free. The hubby called later in the day and wants me to meet the Uncle too. 


Should I go?


With lots of warning signs this could be a difficult sale, I am going. Selling homes is what i do. All sales are not easy and although this could be tough, i have t make my best preservation and see if it is a home i can sell.


Perhaps the MOST IMPORTANT message is to share with every consumer that 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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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Oh my, doesn't Uncle Mike have a stager wife? Lol. Love Joseph Domino 480-390-6011 's response.  Perfect. 

Mar 16, 2019 12:15 PM #6
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Good luck Scott Godzyk this sounds like a winner. You may lose some hair on this one.

Mar 16, 2019 02:34 PM #7
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I have heard of plenty of sellers who felt that they should chose an inexperienced (little did they realize), unproductive (little did they realize), incapable (well, nearly so) relative to represent them. Uncle Mike takes it to a new level!

Mar 16, 2019 02:35 PM #8
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Some people have to learn by stepping in it.  Just because we are related does not mean that relative, unlicensed, is the right person for the job. 

Congratulations on your Featured post, Scott Godzyk 

Mar 16, 2019 03:02 PM #9
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Scott- well you know that we will all be waiting to read about your meeting with Uncle Mike!!!! Well deserved feature. 

Mar 16, 2019 04:39 PM #10
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

How did it go? I can't wait to hear the outcome.

Mar 17, 2019 03:07 AM #11
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Scott.

It looks like we are all waiting for the answer, did you get the listing?

Mar 17, 2019 03:21 AM #12
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Scott Godzyk ,

We are definitely sitting on pins and needles. We need to get the scoop.....did you get the listing and tell us about meeting Uncle Mike!

Mar 17, 2019 05:15 AM #13
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I've come up against a few "Uncle Mikes" in my life as a Realtor.  I once went on a listing appointment where an "Uncle Mike" was also present.  He sat there during the presentation, and then at the end went on a tirade about how Realtors don't earn their money.  I listened until he ran out of steam, and then began asking how he planned to market, handle the paperwork and the disclosures.  It was during a time here in Sacramento when we had a ring of "investors" out of the Bay Area, who would swoop in buy up FSBO properties, and then turn around and sue the sellers for fraud because they hadn't disclosed defects, etc.  Mentioning this, helped me obtain the listing!

Mar 17, 2019 07:23 AM #14
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

CONGRATULATIONS Scott, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Mar 17, 2019 07:24 AM #15
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Now who could resist this offer, Scott?  "If you can get by the decorating of this home, you can get your self a steal."

Mar 17, 2019 07:55 AM #16
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Scott,
I know this is going to make another great blog story. We'll be waiting. 

Mar 17, 2019 09:03 AM #17
Dave Rosenmarkle
Highland Realty - Arlington, VA
31 years of providing fully satisfying service!

I'd go. Maybe she still has some donuts left.  Maybe the uncle will be a no-show, embarrassed because he hasn't sold the property.

Mar 17, 2019 11:47 AM #18
Bruce Kunz
C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100 - Howell, NJ
REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale

Thanks for sharing Scott Godzyk and GOOD Luck!! While I have no doubt you can win the listing, I, too, will be very interested in the progress of this.


Mar 17, 2019 03:19 PM #19
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

OK... We're all now waiting for Paul Harvey to come in with "The rest of the story."

Can hardly wait to hear what happened when you met the sellers and Uncle Mike.

Mar 17, 2019 08:00 PM #20
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

I am with Marte Cliff  we need Paul Havery and the rest of the story! 

Funny Stuff!  FSBUM I am loving it!!

Mar 19, 2019 12:27 AM #21
Sham Reddy
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Great advice!

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.

Mar 19, 2019 03:58 AM #22
Krista Jenkins, REALTOR®
Egenbacher Real Estate - Lubbock, TX
Residential sales and retail & office leasing

FSBUM...hysterical!!! We all know THAT guy. Heck, we even know THAT agent.

Mar 19, 2019 02:44 PM #23
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

I would go too!! What a challenge!! And you can get another blog post out of it!  Very clever title!

Mar 20, 2019 10:04 AM #24
Kevin Mackessy
Blue Olive Properties, LLC - Highlands Ranch, CO
Dedicated. Qualified. Local.

For Sale By uncle Mike, that is a good one.  It is good that this seems to be a rare occurrence, at least in my findings.  

Mar 20, 2019 01:05 PM #25
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