Some homeowners consider trying to sell their home on their own, known in the industry as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO). We think there are several reasons this might not be a good idea for the vast majority of sellers.
Here are five of our reasons:
1. There Are Too Many People to Negotiate With
Here is a list of some of the people with whom you must be prepared to negotiate if you decide to For Sale By Owner.
The buyer who wants the best deal possible
The buyer’s agent who solely represents the best interest of the buyer
The buyer’s attorney (in some parts of the country)
The home inspection companies which work for the buyer and will almost always find some problems with the house
The appraiser if there is a question of value
Your bank in the case of a short sale
2. Exposure to Prospective Purchasers
Recent studies have shown that 92% of buyers search online for a home. That is in comparison to only 28% looking at print newspaper ads. Most real estate agents have an internet strategy to promote the sale of your home. Do you?
3. Results Come from the Internet
Where do buyers find the home they actually purchased?
43% on the internet
9% from a yard sign
1% from newspapers
The days of selling your house by just putting up a sign and putting it in the paper are long gone. Having a strong internet strategy is crucial.
The paperwork involved in selling and buying a home has increased dramatically as industry disclosures and regulations have become mandatory. This is one of the reasons that the percentage of people For Sale By Owner has dropped from 19% to 9% over the last 20+ years.
5. You Net More Money when Using an Agent
Many homeowners believe that they will save the real estate commission by selling on their own. Realize that the main reason buyers look at FSBOs is because they also believe they can save the real commission. The seller and buyer can’t both save the commission.
Studies have shown that the typical house sold by the homeowner sells for $184,000 while the typical house sold by an agent sells for $230,000. This doesn’t mean that an agent can get $46,000 more for your home as studies have shown that people are more likely to FSBO in markets with lower price points. However, it does show that selling on your own might not make sense.
About Ellen Dell'Alba - Team Leader of the Platinum Group:
Ellen is one of the most diverse realtors among the Keller Williams Realty Agency in Monmouth & Ocean Counties. Being with the company for several years, she continues to make considerable strides in becoming the best realtor she can be. Ellen is a listing specialist, along with having certifications in ABR (Accredited Buyers Representative) and BOLD. Her strategy in helping her clients buy or sell a home is fairly simple: "I do whatever it takes to make my clients 110% satisfied, and that is my personal guarantee!"
Ellen attributes her impressive 80% property sales rate to her relentless drive and work ethic. Working around busy schedules, offering multiple open houses, hosting Broker Lunches, as well as spending a considerable amount of time and money in advertising are just some of the ways Ell en makes sure her client's listings get maximum exposure.
Ellen's view when it comes to home buying is: A home is not a home because of its room dimensions or the color of the walls. It is about how you feel when you walk through the front door, and the way you can instantly envision your life unfolding there.
Ellen resides in Ocean County, NJ with her husband and five children.
"I appreciate the opportunity to earn your business and look forward making your experience buying or selling a pleasant one. Invite me in and let me show you what your home is worth and how I can get you top dollar!" - Ellen Dell'Alba
Real estate market data for Jackson, NJ provided by Ellen Dy
"We were looking for a realtor in the area as we were moving from another state. A relative from another state referred us to Ellen after interviewing her over the phone. Our experience was fantastic. We went from wanting to buy to needing to rent and she did not treat us any different. She was readily available numerous times with flexible hours willing to make sure we found exactly what we were looking for! She was very vocal and gave us a lot of guidance as we did not know the area well. She put interest in finding us a decent place not overlooking any small detail or hidden problems in the home. Once we found the place, Ellen negotiated well and we got exactly what we asked for! She answered all of our late night texts and was very honest answering all of our questions! She was very hands on and hardworking! We will be calling her when it's time to buy!"