Can we call you for free advice or free work? If so, let me know. I'd like to hire you.
I would guess that most agents would be willing to find out if a For Sale by Owner is willing to work with a realtor. I like to see FSBO's and actually have been in most of the FSBO's in my area. By doing this ahead of time, I already know if the seller is willing to work with a realtor, and I already have an idea if this home would be a fit for my buyers. This also helps me in getting a more accurate idea of what the market is doing when I help a client list their home to sell in that area.
Having said that, I will show a FSBO if the customer is willing to sign a buyer agency agreement with me that guarantees that I will get paid either by the buyer or the seller. 90% of the time, the commission can be negoitated into the sales price. But when all is said and done, I am in no financial position to work for "free" on any kind of transaction. I will work for LESS if I just sold someone's house (discount rate) but not for free. This is particularly true in the case of a FSBO - becuase generally speaking, these transactions make me do double the work since there is no agent working on the other side of the deal, I have to do more to hold things together.
As work working with For Sale By Owner Sellers - Yes! I offer assistance which is limited. Selling Real Estate may look very easy to many property owners. However, once they get started they begin to understand real quick how much work goes into the marketing of their property. And because they do not do it very often they quickly become overwhelmed. So, I offer some limited help upfront and attempt to establish a relationship that could blossom down the road. I tell them this up front too.
I hope this helps!
If I am with buyers and do not have an exclusive buyer agency agreement, I will phone a FSBO on their behalf if it seem that the property might fit while we are looking at properties.
Deborah Madey - Broker
Peninsula Realty Group, Inc.