How bad could it be if I List with a newbie?

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

A close friend calls and asks why I did not warn him? I knew what he meant as the previous month he must have asked me 100 questions about selling his home. His wife though, hired her childhood friend who just passed her real estate exam to list their home. 


How hard could it be? Homes are selling themseleves these days.. right?


They are learning how hard it can be.


They are Buying a house too. They need to sell this home to buy a new home. They also do not want to sell until they find a home to buy. A delicate balancing act but one i handle near every day. But they signed the listing with the newbie before they found a home. Now the broker is making them sell. Does not sound right to me....


Then lets look at their asking price. I sold another home on their street. I would list it for $430,000. They listed it for $379,900. Why I ask? Because that is what she told him it was worth.


As my friend added details how bad their sale is going, I did feel bad. The home is under priced and that set him into a spiral. They are being pressured to show the home although they do not have one to move to. The simple solution is to ask for a full release from their contract. Will they, it may be up to his wife. They met the friends broker on day 1 but that broker has not answer any of their calls or emails the last couple of weeks. Yet he told me, I answered my phone even though i know they let me down by listing with her friend. He knows they let themselves down too by "trying to help" a new agent with their first sale.



IN SUMMARY it does matter who you list with. Think about how many parts of your life you would hire someone with zero experience? Doctor? Lawyer? Auto repairman? Teacher?




THE BOTTOM LINE  is selling a house is BUSINESS and sellers should do what is best for them. That includes hiring THE BEST LISTING AGENT and not just a friend.



THE MORAL OF THE STORY is that in the end, the most important thing in Real Estate for me is provide GREAT SERVICE. I want to stand out from the crowd. My philosophy is simple. To provide more personal and professional service to guide my clients through each step of the selling and buying process.


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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 35 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. 





Comments (7)

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

I am always surprised why someone will list with someone else. I recently got told, as good as I was, they felt they had more rapport with the agent they were going to list with instead, an agent in my market I have never heard of. Not sure what that meant really, but I just keep making my calls and listing homes.

May 14, 2021 07:48 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

At the end of the day Scott Godzyk we all have to start somewhere.  We were all a newbie when we got started in the business. In my mind, it depends on the newbie and the training and support offered by the broker/age.  

There are some newbies that can handle a listing better than a seasoned veteran.  

Clearly, in the example of your friend, they are paying the price of an inexperienced agent with a broker that seems to have gone missing. 

May 14, 2021 09:20 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate




Mr. Crappy Says

Be Careful Who We Hire

To List Our Home!






May 14, 2021 09:28 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Scott I remember being a brand new agent but the difference was I had a strong background previously and a client list to boot PLUS I had the best broker in town mentoring me.  So yes there are times when listing with a new agent can make sense.  Personally in this crazy hot market we have right now, I don't think that's such a great idea and your post points it out well.

May 14, 2021 10:44 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Scott - thatg is tragic.  They should terminate or they will leave so much on the table.

May 14, 2021 05:31 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Scott- I love what Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist said. Everyone begins as a matter what job you're in. But what matters is the training and the guidance they receive from their Broker. People want to help their friends or family but not at the expense of losing the investment you have in your home. 

May 14, 2021 06:55 PM
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,
We were all newbies once but this is no market for a newbie to be working a listing or sale alone. They MUST have strong backup to guide them through the process.  Otherwise, I consider it a violation of the section of the Code of Ethics pertaining to competence.

May 15, 2021 07:18 AM