While I don't live in Page, AZ, I do work there and it is the center of activity for the Lake Powell area. Shopping, doctors, restaurants and entertainment are all based in Page.
For the past several months I've been doing a considerable amount of floor time at our Burton Brokerage real estate office, have acquired a couple of beautiful home listings and have been driving around the residential communities daily.
I've noticed over the past 17 years the amount of For Sale By Owner signs in Page but it was not until a few weeks ago I really started to mull over the WHY behind the daunting amount of them.
One Realtor told me last week "the residents don't think they need us". Another one said "they don't trust us". And finally a broker I respect said "they think they can do it easier without us". Wow.
I've written before on the isolated nature of Page and once again, I think this shows up as a symptom of the geographic isolation. Maybe the FISBO folks just feel like there has not been enough choice in Page or maybe they have had bad Realtor experiences. My bet is tho, that most with a FISBO sign in the yard have talked to someone who has had a bad experience. In a small community a bad experience spreads like wild fire.
I've not marketed to the FISBO community yet as I've been getting my feet wet and finding my bearings. Last night it occured to me what a sad state of affairs this is.
My hope moving forward is that the Lake Powell Real Estate Blog will become not only a place to find real estate information but a trusted community forum. Maybe with trust some of the FISBO's will decide Realtor's are not so bad after all.