No, neither Trulia nor any service like it, whose popularity and profits are
dependent upon Realtors' cooperation, support ... and paid advertising,
is doing a disservice for not allowing FSBOs to freely take advantage of
the tools we professionals pay for to help make our living.
Special Kudos to Ron Thomas, Connie Clifton Mitchell and Joe "The Shoe"
for their comments below.
I will add ONE item with you that I share with all the FSBOs who come to me
and ask me to stop what I'm doing to give them free advice:
If you can't or won't pay for 2 agents - listing and selling - and feel comfortable
doing the showings, advertising, handling the paperwork, etc, at least advertise
on FSBO sites and your yard sign that you will pay a competitive commission rate
to any buyer's agent who brings you a ready, willing and able buyer and then
sign the agreement stating so before the agent brings their client to your home.
Working as a buyers' agent on a FSBO is fraught with extra work/liabilities for the