I don't dislike FSBO's , I don't pay any attention to them, never lost a buyer to one. They tend to be overpriced for the market (everyones house is SO SO very special).
We wish you the best, but we are focused to sell the MLS listing next door to your home.
However, for those that feel comfortable handling all the details involved... from marketing, to showing to closing, I say "more power to them". It's not a job for the timid or inexperienced.
And it has nothing to do with whether I would make any money on it, as the potential of linking up with a seller on a national website is slim.
You do have a point, though. There is a lot of negative vibe. It really never fails, though, when our neighbors and friends try it, a lot of them will spend a lot of time asking us for comps, information and a lot of 'what do I do next' questions. We refer to them as our 'pajama clients'. The ones who call us at 11 p.m. and often 9 on Sunday mornings..
Also, a lot of people keep using the word 'realtors' like every real estate sales person is a Realtor. Using 'real estate agent' would be more accurates.
I can't speak for others, but my partner and I have no problems with FSBO's. But prior to showing them to our clients, we do work out an agreed upon commission basis either by the buyer or the seller. After all, this is our business and livelihood. For this service, we provide assistance in comparable pricing, inspection and finance assistance as well as drafting a beneficial contract and advice through out the process.
A buyer, can certainlt purchase a FSBO on their own and hire their own attorney, inxpectors, etc. Often at prices less than the commissions of a Realtor. And they can certainly end up purchasing a home for less than it would have nbeen with a Realtor. However, every study I've ever seen (including independent studies) show that buyers average paying more for a FSBO than when buying a home reperesented by a Realtor.