Will you work for FREE?

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

Have a seat and please listen to my tale of woe. I had a seller call and ask me to interview to sell their home. I was to meet them along with 4 other agents. It was a nice newer home in a desired neighborhood. That was from the outside. When i walked inside, the house was a disaster at best. Everything was worn, broken or smelled like an ash tray.

 

It was ok though. I more than anyone can sure sell homes needing work. I was easily able to come up what the home was worth as is. How much the repairs may be and what the home may sell for all fixed up. The seller had no money to fix and they wanted to sell it as is quickly.

 

Then came the deal killer. They did not want to pay a commission. Wait, What? .... BUT they wanted all the services an agent would normally give. They wanted a bpo from me in writing. They wanted me to come up with one of those great marketing plans that sells my listings so quickly. AND.. could i give them a list of buyers i may have? The answer was no. The hard truth is they can not expect an agent to work for free. Cant they? Well yes they said....

 

Despite letting them know what i could offer. Despite them liking all I offer over what other agents said they offer. Despite them knowing they need help. Did not want to pay a commission. Then I asked them how much they will ask for their home. They gave me a price way under what I think it I can sell it for. I asked how they got it and they said, "A discount agent told them if they sell on their own, that they can expect to get less for their home, so they should ask that amount." But they will save 7/8th of the commission. The answer was shocking when i showed them how i came up with my value. How much my commission is and how much more they would get, even paying a commission.  They looked, they asked of the numbers were right.... Then They could not sign fast enough. They listed their home. In 2 days I had 4 offers and their home went under contract at the higher price well over what the dicount agent quoted.

 

The lesson and my infamous message is do not hire just anyone to list you home. Do not just hire the biggest company or agent. Take time to hire the BEST agent. The way I do business is to offer some of the best possible personal and professional service. To stand by them through each step of the buying and selling process. Let me show you the right agent CAN make a difference. 

 

 

 

 

 

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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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Sellers should definitely take time to hire the BEST Agent and that would be Scott Godzyk in Manchester, NH! 

Sep 10, 2019 06:30 AM #1
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Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
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Great advice on hiring the best agent.  I hope you have a successful week!

Sep 10, 2019 06:40 AM #2
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Michael Jacobs
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Good morning, Scott - TANSTAAFL There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch. It's an economics lesson I learned a long time ago and it's still true.   

Sep 10, 2019 06:54 AM #3
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Hi Scott Godzyk, there's no such thing as FREE, everything has a price tag, especially selling a home.  

Sep 10, 2019 08:55 AM #4
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Scott- it never ceases to amaze me when people expect anyone to work for free. What could they possibly be thinking!!!!

Sep 10, 2019 09:07 AM #5
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I told Chris Ann the other night, I could feature everything Scott writes!
You are so much more even tempered than I. I would have been 'Bye Boy' at the first mention of me having no value. But you handled it like a boss and won.
Namaste! And Cheers!!!

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with a boom and a shakalaka!

 

Sep 10, 2019 09:29 AM #6
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Carol Williams
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Scott,
Sometimes I wonder where people get their hair-brained ideas.  

Sep 10, 2019 10:45 AM #7
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Oh Scott people believe what they want to believe. And that discount agent sure took these folks for a wild ride. Thankfully you stopped the ride and helped them out - and fast.

Sep 10, 2019 02:25 PM #8
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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I remember going on a listing appointment several years ago.  The "seller" asked all sorts of questions, etc.  And, then, went on a tirade about how agents didn't earn their keep, etc.  He essentially just want to pick my mind about marketing and market value, and then sell it himself.  He put his sign out in front.  Sold to a predatory buyer, who sued the pants off of him for failure to disclose!

Sep 10, 2019 04:37 PM #9
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
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Thank you fo rthe comment and kind words Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP 

Sep 10, 2019 06:24 PM #10
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
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Thank you Kristin Johnston - REALTOR® , so far it has been a crazy week and it is only day 2

Sep 10, 2019 06:24 PM #11
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
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Well said Michael Jacobs and i am going to borrow those initials

Sep 10, 2019 06:25 PM #12
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

Exactly Beth Atalay a lesson that can be used in all parts of life, business and politics

Sep 10, 2019 06:26 PM #13
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
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There is no shortage of bad advice online Kathy Streib 

Sep 10, 2019 06:26 PM #14
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
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I wasn't always this way Candice A. Donofrio , patience is a learned trait i guess. Tonight I did say that to a guy and i will write about that soon.

Sep 10, 2019 06:28 PM #15
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
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Most of the time my answer is online Carol Williams  . But bad advice seems to be increasing and my abilities to answer it, are increasing too

Sep 10, 2019 06:30 PM #16
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
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Thats for sure Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886 , selling a house that needs work is an art. not every buyer will like it, most will hate it, some will over much less for it. But knowing how to list, market and find buyers can get the seller more money in the end

Sep 10, 2019 06:31 PM #17
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
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Some times fate and karma win Myrl Jeffcoat 

Sep 10, 2019 06:32 PM #18
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The only way I ever work for free is I feel I’m getting something of equal value to the money I would make

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