NAR – For Sale by Owner – "SCARE TACTICS"

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Do not sell your home FSBO – you will be robbed, raped or god forbid – worse. The NAR has been promoting this fear for many years. Titled "NAR (r) Broker Will Swear It – Real Pro 'Agents Share It – FSBO" Here is a direct quote from a "Realtor" Ezine article (please note – the author refers to himself as a "Seasoned Real Estate Broker") Truth "- and I quote -" Sometimes, the "Truth" hurts. Yet, being ripped off, raped, or even worse – hurts a whole lot more. Ask any police officer if they sell their doors to strangers. "Are you serious? value – give me a break There have actually been "screened" clients before bringing them to your house – that said, I firmly believe they were able to determine what they could afford wasting the realtor's precious time I guarantee I can not wait to get my name out – PERIOD!

Our friend, the Seasoned Real Estate Broker, must be "old" school. The new NAR (which recognizes that Realtors do not "screen" their clients) now reads FSBO's homes for 15% less then Realtor assisted existing home sales. FSBO home owners. They have developed a clever little "medium" based formula that demonstrates this and their course of action. The problem with their calculations – they use a MEDIAN price as opposed to AVERAGE price. The median is a "middle number" in a series of numbers. Have you ever looked at the "medium" mark on a test and had it mean anything to you?

The real "TRUTH", as this author so eloquently puts, is that Realtors are absolutely scared silly with the prospect of FSBO's cutting into their revenue stream. "Ripped off, raped, or even worse" to save a 6% – no me neither. That said, I would like to ask you to confirm that all prospective clients have a priori check your property. Realtors "used" to ask for identification.

So according to this author – "Every year, robbed, raped, and murdered" – my god they should be getting danger pay. I can not think of ANY other profession that is subject to potential crime and danger on the job. Did he say "dozens"? Another question – why would anyone "abduct" a real estate agent? Please excuse my tongue and cheek response to this article – I just find it bizarre that has "reborn". On a more serious note – my mother is a 35 year real estate agent – she has NEVER had a "bad" experience with a client. She did however have her home robbed two days after a real estate agent from the city showed her home to two gentlemen in a white van (can you say "red flag"). When they did not have their names – now that is well screened.

The reality of selling your own home boils down to this – and this alone. If you can not make a decent marketing plan, properly price your home and are semi-personable without being overbearing you can sell your own home and save significant dollars. Should you be careful about whom you are letting into your home – of course. Is there any risk – yes – there is always risk. Is there reward – of course – significant. The trick is to mitigate risk by being careful and using your instincts and, as always – be careful who you are.

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Source by Mark Camphaug

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