Truly this is the perception many people have of our jobs. If they only knew the work Realtors do for free when clients run them around for weeks and then don't buy or just wait the market out.
The only silver lining is that I can take my kids to Disney tomorrow through Sunday and I don't have to ask permission.
My work here in cyberspace, for clients and for my agents is done here - at least until Monday at 6:00 AM!
The main reason most people list their house as a For Sale By Owner (FSBO) is because they don't want to pay the broker a real estate commission. But what is entailed in this commission? Realtors provide a wide variety of services to their customers beyond selling the property. Typically a Realtor will list the property in the MLS and several other web sites on the Internet, place an ad in the newspaper or home magazine, send out for sale postcards and e-mails, design a property features flyer, hold an open house, put a for sale sign in the front yard, work with pre-qualified buyers, and negotiate the deal.
Time is of the essence and time means money. A Realtor will help in other ways as well. They can provide a free market analysis on the home which includes comparable homes already sold and homes currently on the market. A homeowner typically prices their home based on what they think their home should be worth. This pricing is based on very little accurate data.
A Realtor will take professional photographs and post them in the MLS. A Realtor will complete all of the necessary state required real estate forms. As a FSBO, do you know what is required and how to get these forms? A Realtor will add the listing to their web site, set up appointments to show the property, answer buyers questions, arrange for home inspections, help resolve issues prior to closing, attend final walk-throughs and lastly, attend the closing. All of these tasks can help sell your home at a higher price and therefore, helping to cut the costs of listing the home yourself.