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We're Showing our Clients a "For Sale By Owner"

 We got an email from one of our buyers saying he wanted to see a house at this address this weekend. We For sale by ownersearched the address on MLS...the house was not for sale..and there was nothing close to that address on the market.

  Thinking there was some address confusion we called the Buyer...he found on the "Z" is a "For Sale By Owner" listing. We have a Buyer Agency contract with the Buyer....and called the Seller. The Seller was happy to honor our contract and commission.  They were not working with an attorney and didn't know that the Seller pays for the title and transfer tax....we told them we could suggest a lawyer if they wished and have a title company that we use regularly that would be happy to help them.

handshake  The conversation with an appointment to see their home and the Sellers feeling that Real Estate agents really weren't "the Bad Guys" but professionals that were there to assist both parties in different ways to accomplish their goal of buying and selling. 

    We'll see if this is our Buyer's dream house...If not...we scored one for "professinalism" with a Seller....and that too is important to us, and to the integrity of the real estate profession.

     If you or anyone you know is looking for Realtors with integrity who get the job done....Call the Hansons...we are honored to be of service.

Sally K. & David L. Hanson, ABR, CDPE, CSS, e-Pro,ILHM, REDS

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Comment balloon 18 commentsSally K. & David L. Hanson • October 23 2015 03:44AM


Good morning Sally and David. It pays to be nice in the long run! Good luck. Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker (Wayne M Martin) over 2 years ago

Nice way to handle it all. Good luck with these clients, and if this is not the one for them, hopefully the seller will realize our value...

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) over 2 years ago

Happy Friday Sally & David. You never know, if your buyer decides it is not the home for them, the seller may end up calling you to list the property down the road.

Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055) over 2 years ago

Good morning Sally and David,

If it doesn't work you might have a new listing in the future by being as professiona as you two are.

When out showing homes or talking to expired homes I take a different route to see if there are any FSBO's writing down the address to see if they might be a fit.

Make yourself a great day.


Posted by Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) over 2 years ago

Good morning Sally and David. I hope your clients will love the house. 

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) over 2 years ago

Well done - when we do the right thing, and rise to a higher level of service, it helps to cast us all in a better light.

Posted by Jeanne Feenick, Basking Ridge, Warren, Bridgewater Market Expert (NextHome Premier) over 2 years ago

Doing the right thing is always the right thing to do. Great job, and hope your buyers find a home that they truly can call "home".

Michael Thacker

Realtor - Louisville KY

Posted by Michael Thacker - Re/Max Real Estate Center - Louisville, Your best friend who just happens to be a Realtor (Re/Max Real Estate Center - The Thacker Group) over 2 years ago

Good morning Sally and David. What a terrific story. I think you did yourselves proud.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 2 years ago

Good Morning Sally,

I actually had a similar story, only the FSBO was on Craig's List. I dreaded the call, but the owner was accommodating. Of course, this was the one my buyers wanted and even though it was a FSBO, the owner was clueless, greedy, didn't know contract law, and by the time it was all over, I was exasperated! The buyers are still there (9 years later) and whenever I see them, I'm reminded about how they wouldn't have their house, if it wasn't for me and they realized right from the start, they couldn't have bought it on their own with that Seller with the smile on his face on day #1 who turned into a monster. 

Good luck and best wishes. If anyone can succeed, it's you!!!

Posted by Patricia Feager, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) over 2 years ago

Great way to handle this Sally and Dave-loved this post I agree with Jeanne Feenick you raised the bar for all of us in  the Real Estate Profession- Thank you and good luck with seller and buyer!

Posted by Gail Petrowsky, House flipper and life coach (Gail Petrowsky, Inc) over 2 years ago

Good morning Sally. I cringe when someone contacts me for a mortgage and they are buying a home directly without being represented. Over half the time, things never work out.

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) over 2 years ago

No surprises here, you handled it the right way.....hopefully it will work out for your buyers, but either way it was a win/win.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) over 2 years ago

Sally K. & David L. Hanson The Buyer Agency Contract at least give you some security that you will be paid when the 'day is over'. Good Selling!

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (Realty National) over 2 years ago

Sally and David FSBO's tend to be nightmares when there is no Realtor involved.  It is like the blind leading the blind.  If this should turn into a sale everyone will benefit from your involvement and guidance in avoiding mistakes along the way.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 2 years ago

At the very least you were able to be a great ambassador for our industry to those sellers. There's a reason they chose to be FSBO and it's usually because the sellers have a distrust of agents or they're just cheap. 

Posted by Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty (Zion Realty) over 2 years ago

Better read Chris Ann Cleland 's post about her experiences with the FSBO and the appraiser 

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) over 2 years ago

Carla Muss-Jacobs....we haev no horror to fear...we know the values it is quite close to home....

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (Keller Williams 414-525-0563) over 2 years ago

Hi Sally and David.  If this FSBO is smart, they will contact you about listing their home if your buyer doesn't by it.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) over 2 years ago