Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services)

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Fred Griffin
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

   It's a great way to reach FSBO's.  They are surfing the web for tips and advice.  When they cave in and decide to list, you might be front and center.

   The agent who squawked is a dingbat.  Ignore, delete, block.

Dec 18, 2017 08:03 AM
Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT

I always thought the best way to get a FSBO listing is to not seek anything from them, rather offer practical advice & even the forms that are needed. A lot of the time they realize they don't want to do the Realtor's job & you get the listing. Maybe this agent doesn't know that. Still no excuse to ever be nasty.

Dec 18, 2017 08:52 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

You raised your profile and presence for when the FSBO discovers it may be out of their wheelhouse. 
Would I? NO. But I'm a hardcore B. :: batting eyelashes sweetly ::

Dec 18, 2017 07:53 AM
Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

I read your Blog Scott Godzyk - it's very informative and shows the reality of what you would go through on your own, since you are not part of a team with your realtor.  Even for those that bought/sold a home years ago, things have changed, and not always just the paperwork.  It shows that this is a real job with real responsibilities and that you know how transactions progress - I think it might help others, and is a huge boost for yourself.  Anyone being nasty, which is never called for, is just rude.  No reason or excuse to be 'that person' - and I would not even dignify their comments with a reply or response.

Dec 18, 2017 09:43 AM
Ken Jones
Toms River, NJ

Scott Godzyk Who sent the nasty message? I expect it wasn't a FSBO.

I agree with Fred Griffin that FSBOs are looking for info from where ever they can get it. And, I also agree that it's a great way to reach them.

Assuming it was another agent who sent the nasty message, I'd totally ignore it because it only goes to prove that agent is paranoid about FSBOs (instead of being grateful for them and trying to get their business).

Dec 18, 2017 11:11 AM
Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

It is an excellent blog post. It very deftly clarifies to the FSBO seller that selling on your own is a risky endeavor that requires much time and professional knowledge. Your blog post was so good, I bookmarked it.

Dec 18, 2017 10:01 AM
Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I don't see why not... most FSBO's don't succeed so you never know which one ends up calling you to list because they saw your post. When I do posts about FSBO's I take more of an approach about they not to be one.

Dec 18, 2017 09:56 AM
Bob Betel
Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc. - Sweetwater, TN
President, Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc

 Well at least it made me want to read your blog! After I did, I see no problem with it. It shows Just what the seller has to go though and all the troubles that come with it. I bet when many read this, they would decide to get an agent. Time is money and if you have to take off work, it's going to cost you. Excellent blog in my opinion Scott Godzyk 

Dec 18, 2017 08:36 AM
Mike & Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Orlando, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers

Nothing I would want to write about, but if I did....Who cares what other agents think????  

If I did, I would have quit a long time ago.

Do your own thing and the hell with everyone else...


Dec 18, 2017 08:26 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

I would think those are are trying to sell on their own or are thinking about it would find this helpful. Doesn't mean they won't change their mind, or not be successful, and consider calling you to list.

Dec 18, 2017 08:15 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

Nothing wrong with helping the 17% that will be successful selling their home anyway. The real message is the time necessary to be successful the other 83% don't have or won't commit to. Time is money!

Dec 18, 2017 08:10 AM
Christine Kankowski North SD and Temecula
House Match Inc - Poway, CA
Excellent Sales and Property Management

Prior tp beign an agent, I tried to sell a house by owner (since I had a few times prior) This time, it was a tougher time to sell and the home didn't sell easily.  Several agents were rude and stoppped by to tell me they wouldn't show the property.  Another came by, showed the property to a client, etc.   When the home didn't sell, who do you think I picked to list the property?

I think your blog will not only enlighten the home sellers, but also gain some respect for the industry.  


Dec 18, 2017 07:56 AM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

The nasty agent obviously didn't read your blog all the way through.

Dec 18, 2017 07:48 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

I thought your blog was well written.

Just delete any unkind comments.

Dec 18, 2017 09:40 AM
Carol Williams
U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business. - Wenatchee, WA
"Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services"

I think the more generous you are with your knowledge and expertise, the better.  I hope they call you when the going gets tough. 

Dec 18, 2017 09:03 AM
Chuck Mixon
The Keyes Company - Cutler Bay, FL
Cutler Bay Specialist, GRI, CDPE, BPOR

Wow. All I can say is that some people like to change their own oil and cut their grass, just like some like to sell on there own house. They may change their mind down the road. As for the agent that say they will not show your house, I would thank them and tell them I will take note, if I change my mind and decide to list, I will make sure not to bother you with a call.

Dec 18, 2017 08:33 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Write want you want, what you beliece in, and what you think helps the public. There will always be naysayers.

Dec 18, 2017 08:21 AM
Susie Kay
Ultima Real Estate - Plano, TX
North Dallas Specialist

Scott Godzyk you can blog whatever topic you want.  I don't think there's a limit on what to blog.

Dec 18, 2017 02:59 PM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

You can write blogs just about anything you would like to talk about.  

Dec 18, 2017 02:23 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Item #10, "Scott Godzyk to list your home!"

I don't think it's a bad thing to do.  Like Fred Griffin said, why not market to them.  If they decide to list they will already know your name (but you'll probably have to hit them up with mailers too and catch them on the right day).

Dec 18, 2017 10:52 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Yes. Nothing wrong with helping fsbo's. The agent that wrote the nasty letter is a good example of why many sellers can't stand agents and prefer fsbo method.

Dec 18, 2017 09:11 AM
Steve Penner
Royal LePage / Moneyledgers Software - Winnipeg, MB
REALTOR / Owner of Moneyledgers

the blog post seemed clear to me... lots of good reasons to hire an agent!

Dec 18, 2017 07:59 AM
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

Your blog basically says, "Hey, there is a LOT involved in this process, do you know that? Do you know what to do? Wouldn't it be better to have a professional take this off your hands?"

Nothing at all wrong with that.

Dec 18, 2017 01:45 PM
Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC - Rockledge, FL
... a small office, delivering big service!

Why not? There is tons of information out there already plus it shows a helpful attitude as well as being knowledgeable.  To avoid FSBOs is shortsighted!

Dec 18, 2017 11:37 AM
JoAnn Moore
The Mortgage Market of Delaware - Georgetown, DE
Home Loans in Delaware

So sorry you received a nasty comment. I think it makes sense to help FSBO sellers as many of them end up having to list with an agent and they woul dmuch more inclined to list with someone that has helped them.

Dec 18, 2017 10:58 AM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

I've had FSBO sellers tell me they want to go it alone and come back to me to sell it after they did not suceed. What I do NOT do is give advice while they are trying to do it themselves and, yes, that has happened. There is a liability issue. As to writing a BLOG to FSBOs on what they should consider, well, that's another story. I presume this is information you would give anyone.

Dec 18, 2017 10:49 AM
Corinne Guest
Barrington Realty Company - Barrington, IL
The Choice of Professionals for Luxury Home Buying

Of course we should. 

Anyone that takes offense likely has some underlying issue and decided to take it out on you, for no good reason.

Dec 18, 2017 10:32 AM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate

Well, I'm not reading the link but you are entitled to your opinion & you have the right to publish it here.

If you don't agree .... ignore it or state your opinion like an adult in the comments.

Dec 18, 2017 10:28 AM
Alan May
Coldwell Banker Residential - Evanston, IL
Helping you find your way home.

I think it's a great idea to help FSBO's.  That way, if you've been helpful, and they find that they're unable to sell, they might consider you as their listing agent.

The "nasty messager" on your blog has clearly been burned.

Dec 18, 2017 09:01 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Why not? It is good advice.  And there are always those who think that withholding information will bring them more business.  A

Dec 18, 2017 08:51 AM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

I think it's your blog and you can write whatever you want.  

Dec 18, 2017 02:12 PM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists

That's exactly what you are saying Scott. I understood it perfectly!

Dec 18, 2017 01:38 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,
RE/MAX Professionals. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

I only know of one Fsbo who is succesful and he pays a generous SOC to buyers agents Scott Godzyk 

Dec 18, 2017 01:12 PM
Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

I will go and check out your blog and comment on it.

Dec 18, 2017 01:07 PM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Interesting !

Dec 18, 2017 12:03 PM
Custom Sign Center
Custom Sign Center - Columbus, OH
RE Panels, Riders, Magnets, Banners & Frames

If you're not posting to a FSBO readership you're loosing out on clients. Most FSBO's are future signed contracts. Don't let the haters get you down.

Dec 18, 2017 11:45 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Scott Godzyk We know you will be top of mind when they learn there is a lot to marketing a property and they decide to list.

Dec 18, 2017 11:01 AM
Chris Locke
Acton, CA

ignore the fool with the nasty message,  Keep offering quality content and value.

Dec 18, 2017 10:26 AM
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Wait. What? 

What happened to Freedom of Speech?  

Dec 19, 2017 10:05 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

The attack of the "Prima Donnas"!  Ignore them - or squash them Scott Godzyk !

Dec 19, 2017 05:32 AM
Anthony Kirlew
Fiscally Sound - Gilbert, AZ
Helping You Make Fiscally Sound Choices

Some people don't understand marketing.... sounds like whoever had a problem with it is in that category.

I am sure you can find quality FSBO advice on other mainstream real estate sites as well. Education is a part of being a professional, and your post will let FSBO's know that it's really not something to be left to an amatuer. Hopefully, they will have questions for you and pick up the phone.

Dec 18, 2017 03:31 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

I never listen to naysayers, Scott! Great blog and YES, give them what they want and when they realize it's just too tough to go it alone, they'll be phoning YOU!

It's always better to offer assistance rather than be a Negative Ninny - You catch a whole lot more flies with honey than vinegar!

Dec 18, 2017 03:28 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

yes, I would do that....and I have, in the past, assisted FSBO's with guidance for marketing their own home....I ended up with the listing!!! happened twice....

Dec 18, 2017 12:27 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Tell the nasty messenger it is none of their business.

Dec 18, 2017 12:12 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

I would never send a nasty note to someone encouraging FSBOs to give it a go.

If I were to write a blogs focused on FSBOs, it would not contain the magic sauce. As your blogs title suggests, a FSBO may need to rely on 'magic' to get the job done.

HOWEVER, I do not shy away from advising there are ways to sell profitably WITHOUT the MLS.


Dec 18, 2017 11:52 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

There are many ways to market some better than others. Learn as you go

Dec 18, 2017 09:47 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

There is a light at the end of the tunnel most times!

Dec 18, 2017 08:05 AM
Ricardo Mello
Manhattan Miami Real Estate - Manhattan, NY
Manhattan & Miami Real Estate Broker

 Agree with Fred Griffin!

Jun 23, 2018 12:40 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

I find no reason why not!

And you don't win all....

Jan 06, 2018 08:26 PM
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I thought you had enough points to let these FSBO sellers know a professional is a better route to take.

Dec 21, 2017 08:19 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

If people do not have anything nice to say they should be bar from here.

Dec 20, 2017 12:09 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel


Dec 19, 2017 06:13 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

Hello evryone, I have to say i am overwelmed by all the postive comments, messages and emails. Thank you for taking the time to comment and answer my question. 

Dec 19, 2017 12:00 PM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

I wrote a few many years ago but won't any longer - doesn't work in my area and not worth my time

Dec 19, 2017 07:10 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Very shortsighted of the commenter, Scott.  I should go check out your post and re-blog it.

Dec 19, 2017 05:50 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Come from Contribution.   Being helpful will eventually lead to abundance.

Dec 18, 2017 09:34 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

sometimes you just have to ignore people or delete comments or messages.

Dec 18, 2017 09:01 PM
Mike Rock
Complete Design - Granite Bay, CA
Granite Bay Luxury New Construction...For Less

the answers on the blog here, are like other aspects of life... all over the board. you are fine in your post

Dec 18, 2017 08:59 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

YOu do what you need to do. I am suprised you get a reader who does not agree with you.

Dec 18, 2017 06:40 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Many times those tips will helo the FSBo and many times it will scare the beegebers out of them

Dec 18, 2017 05:54 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

90% of FSBO's hire a Realtor, so hell yes and tell Mr./Mrs. Nasty to stick it where God split them.

Dec 18, 2017 05:33 PM
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I think you can write about whatever you wish. You are writing to the public with a title like that and they will get your hidden message.

Dec 18, 2017 05:17 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Los Angeles CA

I'm surprised that you even paid attention on the ''nasty'' message. You can not please everyone, do what is the best for your business. 

Dec 18, 2017 05:06 PM
Fahlman Property Group
Realty ONE Group Preview - Marysville, WA
Real Estate Team Serving Snohomish County

Never fear the critics. You are providing advice and in return you will be blessed.

Dec 18, 2017 04:52 PM
John Meussner
Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, - Walnut Creek, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852

One of the best kept secrets is that an agents best way to get FSBO listings is to HELP THEM without trying to list them.  Most will list eventually, it's a statistical fact.  Showing your expertise is a great way to make sure when they list, they list with you.

Dec 18, 2017 03:37 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Yes, an agent should! It's well-known that FSBO's eventually list and this sort of helpful post might put you at the top of their list

Dec 18, 2017 12:28 PM