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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

Say what you have to say & then just cut them loose. I mention to them that due to current licensure/agency rules, I won't be able to help them with any situations that come up. I have to be hired to do that.

Jul 29, 2017 07:13 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

"LOL, okay. Good luck."

And if they have the guts to contact me when they've hit a snag...

"Bummer. Here's a list of local attorneys to contact. Maybe one will do a free consultation. But I'm not sure. Good luck."

Jul 29, 2017 09:46 AM
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

If you've discussed the issues in involved in selling as a FSBO and they still insiste, all you can do is wish them luck. They'll learn soon enough.

Jul 29, 2017 07:14 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

I love Dave Halpern's answer!  Some people can't be convinced that they are wrong until they fall on their face!

Jul 29, 2017 09:32 AM
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Good. Luck. With. That. 

Jul 29, 2017 08:30 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

I say nothing until they make the second call.

Friends and relatives often devalue our service and overvalue the relationship. ...... because the believe we can't say 'NO."

Jul 29, 2017 07:57 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

I do not have a response any longer except that I know they'll be leaving money on the table after all is said and done. That's virtually guaranteed, however, I always wish them the best of luck!

Jul 29, 2017 07:12 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I wish them good luck.

Jul 29, 2017 07:10 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

As Lyn Sims wrote.

Jul 29, 2017 11:34 AM
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

Best of luck to you!

Jul 29, 2017 08:17 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Let them go, they will learn the hard way.

Jul 29, 2017 07:40 AM
Raj Taj
RE/MAX - Lake Bluff, IL
Drive By Blessings!

I'll buy them condoms, they're likely to get screwed.

Jul 29, 2017 07:18 AM
Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

"Call me if it doesn't sell so I can get it sold for you"


Jul 29, 2017 07:04 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Bob Crane - happened with me, too.

I helped as much as I could - and within 3 months he realized he cannot do it. I listed and sold it myself.

Jul 29, 2017 11:09 PM
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I give them the same spiel I would give any FSBO seller. I will not argue or put their decision down.

Jul 29, 2017 06:17 PM
Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

   Best wishes to you.   No, I can't give you copies of the contract.  No, I can't answer your legal questions.  Here are the names of some good real estate attorneys...

Jul 29, 2017 05:04 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Good luck! And typically the end up coming back and say - I didn't know it was so much work or so hard......can you help me?

Jul 29, 2017 01:47 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Bob Crane Wish them luck! Later, they will realize FSBO route was a mistake.

Jul 29, 2017 11:04 AM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

I had this discussion with one of my agents this week.  She is frustrated that a close friend is asking for her guidance on how she should price her home, but wants to go the FSBO route.  She let her friend know that selling homes is her profession and she would be happy to help her provided she hire her.  However, just as she wouldn't ask her attorney friend for legal advice gratis, she is disappointed that her friend thinks she should "help" her sell her home without payment.

Jul 29, 2017 10:28 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Bob Crane Don't call me when you need comps or forms. Call me when it doesn't sell. In all honesty, I would wish them good luck.

Jul 29, 2017 09:45 AM
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

I remind them of the legal ramifications and the need for a professional to help guide them through the process.

Jul 29, 2017 08:58 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I don't think I would think of them as a friend. Sounds harsh but I guess I am a little self serving.

Jul 29, 2017 08:29 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

I never dealt with relatives.... always referred them.... friends would listen to me...

Jul 29, 2017 07:52 AM
Steven Nickens
Elite Pacific Properties Maui - Wailea, HI
R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii

Bob, I would still give them my listing presentation so they could see my list of services that they would be missing out on. Other than that, wish them well.

Jul 29, 2017 07:44 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

I wish them luck and if it doesn't work out, I'm here to assist them.  

Jul 29, 2017 07:25 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good luck! Some are successful in getting a sale, but the time lapse and lost opportunities are never considered!

Jul 29, 2017 07:24 AM
Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate
Kelly Right Real Estate - Hood River, OR
Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs

Sellers go FSBO because they do not perceive the value of the commission being charged.  It is about the money. The industry needs to be open to providing alternative solutions to meet their needs.  Flat Fee Listings, Hourly Fee For Services, and Real Estate Consulting offer the seller additional choices to meet their needs while saving their equity.  

Aug 11, 2017 09:04 PM
Denise Copeland
Mirsky Realty Group - Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Jupiter Abacoa Sales & Beach Front Luxury Homes

I just ignore them. They obviously know better than me... It's like sending them to the school of hard knocks. I've had it happen to me, and when they call in the middle of the night totally frustrated I tell them I'd love to help but I'm busy writing a contract for a client of mine.

Aug 04, 2017 08:55 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Tell them - you get what you pay for, and leave it at that.

Jul 31, 2017 08:45 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Ask them what title company they are using and their eyes get big, what!

Jul 30, 2017 09:36 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

Lyn Sims nailed this one!

Jul 30, 2017 06:42 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Wish them good luck.

Jul 30, 2017 06:30 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I will talk to them about the possible issues, but it's their call.

Jul 30, 2017 06:19 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

It has happened to me and there is just nothing you can do except let them know you are there to help if they decide they need a Realtor Bob Crane .

Jul 29, 2017 05:57 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Let them know you'll be there to help pick up the pieces when it doesn't work.

Jul 29, 2017 05:28 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

OK, good luck.  Put your atty on speed dial.

Jul 29, 2017 05:24 PM
Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

With the facts - homes sell for more money, even after commission, when they are sold by Realtors. I also remind them that they are not trained negotiators and that they will need to allow strangers into their homes without validating their licenses.

Jul 29, 2017 01:50 PM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

That most buyers have already engaged a Buyer Agent to Represent them !

Jul 29, 2017 01:08 PM
Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT

If they're in a market where properties are easily sold without agents help & that's what they want to do then I'd give them the thumbs up & say you know where to find me if you have any questions or you need a hand. 

Jul 29, 2017 01:02 PM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

All the best!

Jul 29, 2017 11:37 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

"Let me know if you have any questions, I'll be happy to help you" and "good luck".

Jul 29, 2017 10:08 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

They did FSBO and mls with a lockbox for $350.00

Good for them.

Jul 29, 2017 10:00 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

If asked, I have relative sharing. If not asked, I am available if they snag

Jul 29, 2017 09:30 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Just offer to help handle it for them if things don't work out like they hope, and ask them if they are paying a commission to any agent that brings them a buyer. Many owners are very capable of selling their property without an agent and without encountering any legal problems.

Jul 29, 2017 07:44 AM