Do I have to List my house with my neighbor?

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

Can you imagine someone telling you that you have to list with them or else? What happens if I do not? What is the "or else" mean? Well, we are going to find out. Let me tell you a story how I traveled just East of Manchester NH to the town of Auburn.


We sold about a dozen new construction homes there some years back. The would be home seller was referred to me by a co-worker who i sold their home and helped them buy a new home. She said that she remembered my name from way back. I was invited to view the home and let her know what the value is. She was very comfortable with me and said she appreciated all my advice. She wants to list but needs to close mid summer as she is relocating South. 


That was not a problem. We could time the sale exactly how she needed. After I left one of the neighbors who is in real estate must have seen me, as they stopped by. The seller in a panic called me saying that "this agent said that they list all the homes in this neighborhood." The seller was shaken, but stayed firm. No one will threaten her. 


She called me to let me know. She asked what to do. Now yes the agent lives in that area, but that does not give them the right to list all homes. It certainly does not give them the right to pressure anyone to list with them. I have sold homes in that area for 34 years. It is less than 10 minutes there taking the scenic route. I would put my knowledge and experience against them any day. 


The seller took it into her own hands. She called the managing broker already. She also said she "blasted" this person when they came back asking why she called their brokerage. The neighbors are all talking about it and sharing stories. 


IN SUMMARY, listing and selling a home should be a good experience. It is not the time for short cuts or discounted schemes. Choosing who will do a great job is a must. Using a neighbor, friend or relative because "you feel bad" is not a plan one should take.


IN THE END: Real Estate is more than just selling homes. We support our clients. Please support your local agent like me. 


I leave you with my infamous thoughts, 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.


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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 34 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 (46)

Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Thank you Steve Higgins and why i was asking who does that?

May 23, 2020 05:58 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Not how anyone i know would want to get business Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD 

May 23, 2020 05:59 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate we have one like that just North of me. They names their company the same name as the large subdivision. It was appalling but people fall for it

May 23, 2020 06:00 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

That is what i asked myself too Kathy Streib 

May 23, 2020 06:00 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Every agent has gotten listings they thought a relative would have instead. But everything is not cut and dry and if a neighbor, agent expects something as absolute. Well, good luck with that notion. Keep listings, working on those listings and don't get bogged down with ruffled feathers. You can not please everyone.

May 23, 2020 07:44 AM
Adam Feinberg
Elegran - Manhattan, NY
NYC Condo, Co-op, and Townhouse Advisor

An agent needs to earn the listing, no matter how much experience they have.

May 23, 2020 09:42 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

That's an overly agressive "neighborhood" agent there, Scott.  I remember a certain neighborhood in my community, which had an agent who "claimed" it as her farm area.  However, not everyone there appreciated or liked her soliticiation efforts.  I listed a home there, and she had the audacity to call my broker, and complain that I had infringed on her area.  She didn't last but a few years in the business.  But, quite frankly, I was surprised she lasted as long as she did!

May 23, 2020 10:20 AM
Adam Feinberg
Elegran - Manhattan, NY
NYC Condo, Co-op, and Townhouse Advisor

I had my upstairs neighbor approach me yesterday- and while they have stated they would like to work with me- I don't assume that it's a done deal until we have walked through the process and I know they are comfortable signing the listing contract and my commission amount- which hasn't even been discussed yet. It's a process- and just because I am the owners neighbor, I never assume that it's my listing nor do I forcefully push owners that they must list with me.


The one exception to my non-assuming position is on a foreclosure in the building. As board President of a small building, I have put in thousands of hours as an unpaid volunteer- on this issue alone, since foreclosures in NYC are so wrapped up in the courts. After 11 years, we should be finalizing ownership of the apartment in the next few weeks. I was the sole point person for all of these years. This is the one time and likely only time I feel entitled to a listing. I have saved the owners tens of thousands of dollars with my finance background, and willingness to research issues to minimize legal bills, etc. My position is that I not only saved each owner a large chunk of cash, but I put in my time unpaid offering expert level advice, and no one else was willing to step up and help me. The cost of all of that- well I expect once we own the apartment, that I will be the listing agent. If not, then, they don't have to list with me...but why should I continue to serve on the board at any point in the future? I also gave up lots of other earning opportunities to rectify this situation. It's not like we have other people willing to step up, and even the couple of people that do, they have been looking for me to pick up the bulk of the work.  It's also in my own best interests since no one is more motivated to sell this apartment than I am- to be able to move on with my life after 11 years of non-sense. Earlier this month I sold an apartment in the building- setting a new record for high sales price for a 2 bed in the building, highest price per sq ft in the building, and highest price for a non-gut renovated sponsor sale in the neighborhood. So it's not as if I haven't earned the opportunity- either as an agent that is an expert in the neighborhood and building, but also because I have brought so much value to the building as a board member- having single handly turned the health of the building around.

May 23, 2020 11:22 AM
Lindsay Reagan, Realtor
Bowen Realty - Wellington, FL about aggressive AND ENTITLED!  The sad part is that if the "neighborhood expert" who SOLD ALL the houses in that community had been doing their job, the seller probably would have called them 1st.

May 23, 2020 11:53 AM
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

I listed a home last year, and the seller had an agent (who was also a very good friend) living next door.  She didn't want to list w/that agent due to her reputation and didn't want to mix business into the friendship.  That agent  was so upset--she broke off the friendship.  Not professional in my opinion!  I've had that happen to me and ...just shrug it off.

May 24, 2020 07:20 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Scott Godzyk ,

Real estate is a relationship business and clearly this seller does not have a relationship with her neighbor who "sells all the homes in the area". There is plenty of business to go around and no agent is going to sell "ALL" the homes in a community.

May 24, 2020 04:30 PM
Shirley Coomer
Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living - Phoenix, AZ
Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, Phoenix Az

It is amazing why some folks choose to list with someone.  1) They are new 2) They are related 3) I want to help them out 4) I go to church with them 5) They are my neighbor.....   We all know not all agents are created equally, or market correctly, or are great negotiators.  Sometimes I think when we do a great job for our sellers, we make it look so easy (because we do the right things) they think anyone can do a great job!

May 25, 2020 07:06 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Exactly my thought Jeff Dowler, CRS 

May 25, 2020 04:16 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Some sure think that Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400. Usually i see it the most in condo complexes. 

May 25, 2020 04:18 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

That was a good thing Marte Cliff that they kind of got what they had coming. Thanks for the comment

May 25, 2020 04:18 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Thank you for the comment Laura Cerrano 

May 25, 2020 04:19 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Scott - sounds as if this person may now be known as "the agent who previously listed "all" the homes in the neighborhood. . .".  Extra emphasis on the word previously.  

May 26, 2020 08:48 AM
Erik Hiss
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty - Worthington, OH
You can trust me for all your real estate needs!

Great story. I don't have one of those in my neighborhood nor am I that agent either. I provide the highest level of service I can and am very knowledgable...if a seller believes they can get a better deal somewhere else then so be it. If they choose me then great. God will provide.

May 27, 2020 06:47 AM
Bruce Hicks
Best Homes Hawaii - Honolulu, HI
Your Best Hawaii Realtor!

Scott -  A customer once told me that she is with AMWAY and an Amway upline would list for 50% off the commission.  Bottom line, I matched the AMWAY person and then Sat on the high priced listing for 6 months before dropping it.  She had refused to come down.

May 27, 2020 06:26 PM
Janice Zaltman
United Realty Group - Boca Raton, FL
Energy Efficient And Eco-Friendly Homes in Florida

I hear and see this all the time. Going to list with the next door neighbor or she will be mad at me. Or in another case, having me come in and give them all the information which they then gave to the realtor who lives down the street.  There is a realtor on pretty much every corner here. They can get agressive if you go against them.


May 31, 2020 09:50 AM