I read an article last night in the wall street journal that really got me thinking. The article was about the founder and former CEO of forsalebyowner.com. In 2011, he listed his own 2,000 square foot, 2 bedroom, New York home for sale on his own web site as well as advertised it in various classified ads. After 6 months of sitting on the market, he sought the help of a licensed real estate agent. The agent told him that he actually had the home priced too low and was also targeting the wrong type of buyers. Soon after listing the property, they received multiple offers and ended up closing for $150,000 more than the original asking price.

Now granted, the real estate market in New York is quite different than here in south Louisiana. Yet, so many times I have watched fsbo’s struggle for months and end up losing more than they ever would have by simply paying a realtor commission. This seems no different than going to court without an attorney. Very risky. Time is lost, money is lost, & stress is high. I’m not saying that no one should sell by owner, but I do recommend at least this; consult with at least one successful Realtor. Weigh out your options and consider their advice.
If the FSBO Guru used an agent…. Shouldn’t you?


Kristie Scivicque
Kristie & Co.
Keller Williams Realty Premier Partners
Denham Springs, La

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