A RECIPE to guarantee you wrecked your own house sale

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

I am seeing a pattern. It starts that Manchester NH area Home Sellers are seeing home selling quick. They want to join the party and sell their home. BUT there is a but. They think they can do it better. They think it is easy. They think they can save money by doing it themselves. They also think they can sell it higher than any one else.


There is a rash of new listings priced so high, never mind waiting for Christmas to sell, they may be waiting for ever.....


Take the home seller who told every agent that came to interview that their house was worth more, why? Because it as there's. Although no homes have sold that high in the neighborhood. That the fact is all homes in the neighborhood are the same age and same size. When agents give her the real value, she decided to sell on her own for a good $40,000 over priced. 


Next up was the gentleman who said "he did not need any Realtors, he can sell himself." He looked online and priced his home base don a real estate web site. He put a sign in his yard and waited for the buyers to come. None came. He then went online and paid every real estate web site he could find to market his home. He waited and still, no buyers came? He called me, asked me to come by. Asked what he was doing wrong. It was easy to see. After telling him what was wrong, he said he would try his way until fall was over. NOW in NH, that is when winter arrives and the market slows. One bad choice after another.


Lastly was the lady who did not need any Realtor. However she called every one she could find, asked all of them how they would sell her home. Then sent them on their way saying she was going to sell herself. After a couple of weeks in, and still no sale, she continued her plan to call more agents and then is when i was called. Upon arriving I saw the pile of business cards. I started asking questions after her questions did not make sense if she was really going to list. She asked why i was asking. My reply was i need that info to help you sell your home. She fessed up immediately she was not listing but staying FSBO. I asked to see the home while i was there though. 


She seemed puzzled why. She showed me all the things she did based on what the other agents tips were. It was like a bad real estate reality show. She did so many things that had no affect on value but cost a pretty penny. I thanked her and left telling her if she was ready to get some help in selling to call me.


The goal of sharing these stories is to let would be sellers know, there is no short cut in selling your home. There is no quick fix to replace hard work, knowledge and marketing. It is not as easy as it looks. A good listing agent should more than cover the commission with a sale at the best possible price n quickest amount of time. Dont waste time with trial and error. Use a a tried and true way to sell your home.



 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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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Scott - poor and even bad real estate ingredients do not result in a satisfying meal.

Aug 15, 2019 06:17 AM #1
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Seeing some of that here, too, Scott. And too many sellers wanting to overprice their homes, which even in a hot market won't sell at too high a price.

Aug 15, 2019 06:29 AM #2
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Scott. Very few can successfully sell themselves. Most fail miserably and for too little. Enjoy your day!

Aug 15, 2019 06:36 AM #3
Anna Banana Kruchten - Phoenix Homes Sales
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ

Scott something must be in the water in your area! The sellers are getting the "I can do it myself and make $100K more disease". Why?  Because it is so easy!! I run into this type on occassion and there isn't much I can say sometimes to help them see reality. Oh well.

Aug 15, 2019 10:50 AM #4
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Scott- what sellers don"T realize is that the real work comes when you get an offer. but they may not realize that since at the rate they're going the offer may be far down the road. 

Aug 15, 2019 11:07 AM #5
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Several years ago, I went on a listing appointment, and was bombarded with all the usual questions about marketing the home, etc.  And, then at the end of it all, the seller went on to disparage all real estate professionals in general, and announced he only needed my evaluation, he was going to sell it himself.  I later found out from one of his neighbors, that after he sold, the buyer came after him for fraud for failing to disclose several defects in the home.

Aug 15, 2019 11:32 PM #6
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

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

Aug 15, 2019 11:33 PM #7
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Scott.

It may take a long time, they will either give up and stay where they are, or call an agent in the end and list it.  Patience in the end, will win out

Aug 16, 2019 01:22 AM #8
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Listing a home to actually SELL is not as easy as it looks.  Unfortunately, it sounds like a lot of would-be sellers in your area are learning this the hard way.

Aug 17, 2019 08:00 AM #9
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