There is no doubt that it is easier to sell your house when using the services of a local real estate professional. The agent will provide:
There is no doubt that these services are valuable to any family that decides to sell. The only question is – how valuable? One of the main reasons For Sale By Owners (FSBOs) don’t use a real estate agent is because they believe these services are not worth the fee an agent charges. But, what if those services didn’t cost the seller a penny?
A study by Collateral Analytics, however, reveals that FSBOs don’t actually save anything and, in some cases, may be costing themselves more by not listing with an agent.
In the study, they analyzed home sales in a variety of markets in 2016 and the first half of 2017. The data showed that:
Why would FSBOs net less money on their own than if they used an agent?
The study makes several suggestions:
Three conclusions from the study:
If you are thinking of selling, FSBOing may end up costing you money instead of saving you money.