A FSBO perspective; A Lake Wallenpaupack realtors’ opinion

FSBO: “For Sale By Owner!” — it can seem like a good idea when you first mull over the prospects for selling your house.  A  FSBO listing promises to allow a homeowner to sell without even consulting local real estate agents and depending on a home’s final sale price, the commission presumably saved looks to be substantial, wouldn’t you think?

While certainly the idea of doing it yourself does sound attractive, understand that statistics prove it’s not only more efficient to work with a real estate agent — it also frequently nets sellers more at the bottom line. And, there are logical reasons why it works out that way. They are the same reasons why – according to only one in ten homes are successfully sold as FSBOs.

First off, while it may seem easy to arbitrarily pick a price and just “see what happens”, without a timely professional assessment of your local market, it’s pretty unlikely to be ‘right priced’. Serious buyers are smart and do lots of online homework now and will certainly make current market comparisons to see whether a FSBO is a fair bargain being offered by a serious seller.  If the answer is wrong, buyers move on.

I guarantee you, realtors’ are more than a convenience; we are risk managers who relieve you  from the paperwork tangle can be decisive in preventing technical logjams. There are other technical issues, too: experienced buyers know that a FSBO-seller also has a lower likelihood of being familiar with protective disclosures or even area ordinances that can affect a sale.Busy real estate offices use today’s electronic signature platforms, scanners, printers and faxes to rapidly churn out legally binding documents that keep you moving forward toward closing day while vigilantly keeping you on legal target.

Then there’s the negotiation process. More than just working out a price, your agent can deal with all the details a prospective buyer sometimes throws into the mix. By sparing you the emotional cost every time you are asked to handle repairs or any number of other details, the odds rise that a transaction will stay on track and on time.

So, long story short,  there’s really no need to reinvent the wheel. A simple solution: call me for a pressure-free consultation.  I’d be delighted to come by to go over your options. 


Let’s consider the pros & cons with listing your home during the winter months

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Selling your home in Winter

If you are an Northeast PA homeowner struggling with the decision about whether listing your home for sale during the winter months is good or bad, there are arguments for either choice.
Let’s start with the “pros”:
One of the best things I like about listing your home for sale in the winter months is that the holidays work to your advantage. Nothing says “home” better than a house that is well (and tastefully!) decorated for the holidays. By making sure the decorations accent the house rather than overpower it, you still funnel attention where it belongs: on your house!
Another plus that comes with listing your home in town during the winter months is the logistical reasons that keep the proportion of non-serious “shoppers” from occupying your time. I find that the majority of those who are looking for homes during the winter months are disproportionally intent on actually buying a home.
On the other hand, some of those same logistical forces serve as counterarguments against listing your home during the winter. They are the same reasons many real estate agents tell their clients to wait until the spring to list. It’s true that there are fewer daylight hours for home viewings…not to mention spates of bad weather, and the greater chance that holiday travel will interfere with both buyer and seller schedules.
All in all, I think the arguments cancel each other out: I don’t advise you to allow the time of year to prevent you from listing your home in any season. If you are otherwise ready to sell your home this month or next, I say — make the most of the season! Who knows – it has happened more than once that the right buyer is out there right now. I have marketing plans for area homes that work every month of the year — if you are ready to sell, I’d be delighted to help you launch your sale this holiday season!

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