Are You A For Sale by Owner?
If so, you are indeed a brave soul. Surely, by now you realize your endeavor to sell your own home was not just taking on one job but a whole heap of them! You have been (or will soon be) a handyman, inspector, price analyst, copy writer, marketer, staging professional, receptionist, host/hostess, sales person, mortgage consultant and bookkeeper all in one!
For Sale By Owners certainly deserve credit for giving it a good try, but if you didn't succeed, you can still pat yourself on the back because you are not alone. Statistics show For Sale By Owner sales are dropping, despite ever-expanding access to internet listings.
Hiring a Realtor saves both time and money
According to the 2014 National Association of Realtors' "Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers" across the US, the typical FSBO home sold for $210,000, compared to an average $249,000 for a salesperson-assisted home sale.
Who are you letting in your home?
These days, life is full of all-too-easy conveniences with them comes a new set of worries. As Realtors, we always confirm the identity of who we are working with. If they don‘t share with me, we don't work with them, PERIOD. Many FSBOs don‘t think of these issues when they open their door to any stranger who calls them claiming interest in buying their home. Though it's true that not all home shoppers are folks to be wary of, but then how can one tell who is and who isn't?
Filtering out the dreamers and time wasters
Buyers are not always buyers; sometimes they are wishfully thinking without any consideration for you or your time. FSBO's are easy prey for these Wishful Thinkers, because they don't ask the right questions. As a professional, we don't put people in our cars (nor do most other good Realtors) until they have proven themselves to be qualified, ready, willing and able to purchase a home. Even then, we would only show them homes that we think they would realistically consider.
It takes a whole company to do this job...
As any experienced FSBO will attest, it's not an easy job to sell your own home. After keeping accurate track of the time (away from doing the things you want to do) and the amount of money it takes to get the home ready to market it, plus taking into account any false starts and anxious days on end waiting for a decision, a FSBO would be better off delegating the job to those who do it full time. Putting your home into “the system” is cost effective and safer.