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Lisa Fishback, Home Seller in Bourbonnais, IL

Do you list "For Sale By Owner" on your site?

Asked by Lisa Fishback, Bourbonnais, IL Tue Mar 17, 2009

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Lisa, You can create a Blog to advertise your property for sale. At this time only agents may post listings on Trulia but perhaps that will change.
You should check these out.. ....
You can always find a service that offers this..

Best of luck, Dunes
"Realtors have no stake in FSBO, excepta as a source of prospecting"
4 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Mar 18, 2009
Tim, Fsbo is a choice and it is a choice that has worked for some people. Because it is a choice, (Just like the choice of using a agent) then having an opinion or argument against it is fine. The throwing around of % and supposed statements of fact needs to be supported with something. Where do you get this 90%? From what study, done by who, when?

Agents seem to complain about unsupported data and blanket negative statements against using agents yet have no problem blowing thru a thread slamming FSBO without supplying the source of all the ever changing % tossed around.

FSBO isn't working now, but the good ol regular agent process of selling is doing just fine?

Follow the lesson plan................

Fair is Fair, Dunes
2 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 17, 2009
Tim, I'm familiar with your 2008 NAR Survey not Study results...The statistics you use are also in the article about the Survey from the NAR site.....…

It also tells how the statistics you use as fact are based on a questionaire mailed to 133,000 Homebuyers and Sellers. There were 10,053 "usable" responses making an adjusted response rate of 7.9%. It is from this that you get your facts?

Everyone has a survey.....…
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 17, 2009

Good info from Lynn and Bill. Trulia only accepts listings with agent/broker representation. However, as mentioned by Lynn, an owner may create an ad in the blog section, and even upload photos and post links. The blog attached to the link below may be of some interest to you as well. Good luck.…
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Lynn is on the mark....

Consider using
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Listings here on Trulia posted via real estate agents. If you secure a listing agent can be posted here on Trulia, you might be able to create a blog.

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If you get a tooth ache, do you fix your own tooth or you seek an advise of professional?
Why would you try to sell your own home, and not seek the advise of professional?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 25, 2013
zillow allows you to showcase fsbo's, but why? too, you get minimum exposure and hope to get lucky that someone happens upon your house. Then, a buyer will show up and want to take back half the theorhetical savings you have not using an agent to list the home. Just noticed this is an old post, hope it all worked out for you.
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no i list for sale by Johnson real estate, LLC
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Hello Lisa,
Yes you can get your home listed on Trulia and even and still remain a FSBO. Check out the link!

Good luck!
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Mar 18, 2009
Trulia does not list FSBO. It is a business decision by Trulia. The model this site follows is to aggregate information from Realtor sites. The info comes from companies that signed up early as another platform to expose thier lisitngs. Now Trulia has expanded by adding sold infomration from one of the public record tax compilation services.
Realtors have no stake in FSBO, excepta as a source of prospecting because they numerically don't sell as well as property represented by professionals.
Anyway Trulia is not the place to advertise your desire to sell without representation.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Mar 18, 2009
Jed Lane, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Lisa, I'm sure you don't care about this and I apologize for your question turning into a forumn for these agents to try and show off their wit. However, it would be too easy fo rme to not answer them so I hope you'll forgive me.

Justin and "Dunes" - First, the statistics come from the 2008 NAR Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers. It states that 13% of all home sellers in 2008 sold their home without the help of a realtor and without being on the MLS. However, it also states that over 45% of those FSBO's knew the buyer and their intent to purchase their home BEFORE they even decided to sell the home. That means that only 65% of that original 13% were actually true FSBO's. And if you do the math, that means that over 91% of all homes sold (that required to be marketed anyway) were done so with the help of a realtor and on the MLS.

Next, you should never answer a question about how to market a home and what sites to use to a consumer who is in a market that you know absolutely nothing about. This consumer lives in Kankakee County. It is a small and mostly rural county with a very limited number of people who even know what Craigslist and most of those other sites you posted even are. Their odds would be better helped by placing a classified ad in the Kankakee Daily Journal than they would be using any of those web sites.

There's a reason over 90% of people that need their home to be marketed do so with the help of a Realtor. Because less than 10% have any success with the methods you have described.

THis is my last post on this as I don't think Lisa wants her question to be used as a forum for an arguement. Feel free to contact me directly should you have any further discussions you would like to have on the issue.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 17, 2009
Tim were are you getting your numbers? There are alot of great sites that cater to FSBO's, saving both the buyer and seller money in the process;,,, and to mention a few. I will agree with you about having your property listed on, but why not use a flat fee listing service for a fraction of the cost it would cost you to hire a Realtor.
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I'm sorry, but I must disagree. Those sites do very little if anything for you. There's a reason why and are the biggest and most searched sites on the internet for homes. And yes, just like Trulia, you have to be listed with a Realtor to be on those sites. I've never heard anyone say that they found their home on or any of these other sites that are hardly heard of by anyone or searched by anyone.

Over 90% of all homes sold are sold as a reasult of being on the MLS. The only sites people are looking on other than the MLS are the sites that you'll either have to pay a lot of upfront money to be on or the ones you can only be on if you're listed with a Realtor. As hard as the market is right now, this isn't the time to try and sell by owner. Yes, I do say that because I'm a realtor, but I also say it because it just isn't working right now. If I can be of any help to you please let me know.

Tim Ireland
RE/MAX All Properties
(815) 215-4018
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