For Sale By Owner Mistakes - Your Home Won’t Sell If It Can’t Be Shown

Reblogger Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Real Estate Agent with Vision Quest Realty WV0026375

Amanda Davidson's article on For Sale by Owner (FSBO) is why I do not like calling them. I have called FSBO's and thank goodness I haven't had one like the one Amanda speaks about in this article. FSBO's, if you’re selling your home without an agent be prepared for calls, welcome those calls, and be ready to arrange showings.



Original content by Amanda S. Davidson 0225221517

For Sale By Owner Mistakes - Your Home Won’t Sell If It Can’t Be Shown

Yesterday clients of mine who are targeting a specific neighborhood with very low turnover and no inventory contacted me and asked if I’d be willing to reach out to a home that’s a for sale by owner. We’ve driven past the home before, checked it out online but, they have passed on it for weeks because it’s overpriced and a FSBO. Average days on the market in this neighborhood are 3 and it’s been on for 90+ days.

For Sale By Owner Mistakes

I never mind reaching out to a FSBO. They’re not part of my business plan in terms of contacting them to try to get a listing. If I call it’s because a buyer of mine has expressed interest in a tour. Fortunately, we don’t see a ton of them in this area but, the few that I’ve ended up in a transaction with have always needed guidance on next steps, providing forms they don’t have, or even meeting an appraiser. You name it, I’ve had to do what an agent representing them would typically do but, like many of us in the business if it’s for the benefit of my client that’s what I’ll do.


I’ve seen a lot but, not one time have I had a FSBO not want to show their home. Typically the minute I say I have a buyer and would like to bring them for a tour their guard goes down and they are happy to answer questions and arrange for us to come.


When I called the FSBO yesterday I got yelled at for a few minutes. It started with that fact I called on a Sunday and then for calling at all. This owner was irate that I had disturbed her and said my clients can see everything they need to online. Real estate is 7 days a week and if you opt to list your own home you need to be aware you're committing to that. The insults were flying and I just sat and listened in shock. How can someone expect to sell a home without allowing potential buyers to come to see it?

For Sale By Owner Mistakes

After this homeowner had unloaded on me I asked if she had toured the home before she bought it. I’m not sure why I decided to tempt fate and ask, I had nothing to lose at that point. There was a long pause and possibly steam coming out of her ears on the other end but, she admitted that yes she had toured it…not once but, TWICE!


I explained they’d simply like to be able to do the same thing she did and that while the 10 photos she has online give a sample of what the home looks like they don’t do enough to make my clients comfortable to make an offer sight unseen. She went round and round about how busy she is, she doesn’t have time to entertain calls from agents like me much less show the home, and she doesn’t want strangers in her home. Even stating that she knows it’s a seller’s market and buyers should know they need to just make an offer when this is the only house for sale in the neighborhood.

For Sale By Owner Mistakes


At that point, I had already offered for us to come at her convenience so I told her if she changed her mind to please call me and then made the call to my clients to let them know what had happened. I suggested they try calling to see if it’s just the fact that I’m an agent that set her off but, at that point they were done. They have zero interest in pursuing this house because they know in the off chance a deal is put together it will be a nightmare to get to closing at best and at worst the seller will wreck the deal.


I don’t know what happened to her in the past to cause her to feel this way but, even if she despises “low life’s" like me she is never going to sell her house if no one can see it. Even if she had an agent, not allowing showings will prohibit a sale. Bottom line, nothing else is going to matter if the door isn’t opened for showings.

I don’t care how strong of a seller’s market we’re in, buyers want to see your product in person. They want to touch it, see if it feels like 
home and walk through every inch of it. If you’re selling your home without an agent be prepared for calls, welcome those calls, and be ready to arrange showings. That’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to selling a home. If you can’t execute those few steps you can kiss the thought of a sale goodbye.



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Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
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Good morning Rebecca -  that is something you really can't make up.  A seller from hell.

Apr 08, 2019 06:55 AM #1
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Rebecca, for sharing this excellent reblog selection.

Apr 08, 2019 06:57 AM #2
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Great choice for a reblog!  I always enjoy the tips from Amanda S. Davidson and I am certain that her clients appreciate her expertise!

Apr 08, 2019 07:41 AM #3
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Excellent choice for a reblog, Rebecca. I read Amanda's post earlier today and commented on it.

Apr 08, 2019 08:01 AM #4
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Rebecca you pick a great reblog on FSBO by Amanda S. Davidson.  Interesting read.


Apr 08, 2019 08:25 AM #5
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

Rebecca, I know exactly how Amanda felt. Her many other clients will give her the appreciation she deserves!

Apr 08, 2019 08:47 AM #6
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Rebecca, thank you for sharing this. Fortunately, this is the first time I've ever had this happen but, it really did make me wonder what she was thinking. She missed out on very serious buyers and something tells me it's not the first time she has. 

Apr 08, 2019 09:32 AM #7
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Thanks for the comments and hope everyone stops by Amanda's post to leave a comment.

Apr 08, 2019 03:14 PM #8
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Love this post, Rebecca! A great one to re-blog. I read it yesterday but, it does remind me again of having to fire a seller client who refused to show their home. I brought the termination document over and said, "I'm sorry, I can't sell your house from the street!" That's about as close as a buyer could ever get to the inside of their home!

Apr 09, 2019 09:02 PM #9
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