We Realtors® aren’t shy about laying out the case for why home sellers and buyers overwhelmingly choose to conduct their home sales through St. Cloud real estate agents. By themselves, the positive reasons are persuasive enough: our services that are proven, reliable, and sanctioned by Minnesota’s licensing officials. Since just about everybody has friends or relatives who have completed their own house sale through a licensed St. Cloud real estate agent, that powerful positive word of mouth completes the picture.
But there is also a mountain of evidence why the alternative—the ‘For Sale by Owner’ route—is so rarely chosen. It doesn’t take a lot of compelling histories of FSBO failure attempts to dissuade would-be do-it-yourselfers. Homeowners who delve into all that a home sale entails soon read about some of the real-world reasons why so many ultimately turn to professionals:
FSBOs attract scams. Without a real estate professional’s security apparatus and experience to intercede, FSBO sellers become tempting targets for fraudulent appraisal and loan documentation schemes, fake 3rd-party purchases, and a range of sophisticated gambits. With only their own resources to prevent misrepresentation, FSBO sellers’ personal information can be easy prey for phishing scam artists.
Failure to price correctly. That’s vital because missing the mark can mean failure to make the most of “golden time”—the first days a home is listed for sale. The longer a home lingers on the market, the lower its perceived value.
Lack of exposure. Spreading the word is fundamental to any sale. With a full coterie of advertising and public relations channels in daily use, St. Cloud real estate agents automatically bring marketing clout that’s all but impossible to match.
Failure to close. The technical requirements that bring a sale to the closing table take experience and skill to observe and finalize. They range from skillfully conducting original negotiations, structuring the timelines and contingencies of the sales contract, dealing with inspections and objections—to the entire range of closing documentation details.
Then there’s the likelihood that throughout the entire process, any buyers are likely to have an experienced St. Cloud real estate agent by their side protecting their interests! It’s little wonder why 8 out of 9 FSBO attempts fail—and why so many FSBO sellers sooner or later wind up recruiting their own licensed agent. If you are thinking of putting your own St. Cloud home on the market, I hope you cut to the chase by giving me a call!
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My objective is simple; to do for you what I would wish someone in the same position to do for me which means always acting in your best interests in order to achieve the goals that you have set for yourself. I have been in the real estate business for over 20 years and began when I started in the construction of homes. I have built homes from the ground up (pouring footings to setting the last finishing nail) which is a huge benefit for you as I can share that knowledge about home construction with you. I have successfully negotiated hundreds of contracts and fully understand the process as well as every line of a contract that you will be signing your name to. We are the only entity that can work with legally binding contracts w hile not holding a law degree and as such we have very specific fiduciary responsibilities to our clients and I take them very seriously. My goal is to make the process not only informative and educational thereby removing the fear or anxiety that some experience but also to make the process both exciting and fun and I strive for 5 stars in every transaction. The bottom line is if you're not happy, then neither will I be!