I am not sure you intended your message to be sharp, but it comes across that way. Particularly, the comment where you put "experience" in quotes might easily be interpreted as condescending.
I have certainly shared my viewpoint on this board, and Ruth, herself, has acknowledged that many (if not most) FSBOâ€™s would be better served by a qualified Realtor. One of the greatest assets a Realtor brings to the table is objectivity and the ability to advise a seller based upon the collective views of many buyers. Notwithstanding my convictions, I still respect the right of every homeowner to make choices and decisions as they see appropriate for them.
Ultimately, whether acceptance or rejection of an offer with a contingency will depend upon the individual seller, buyer and market. No one on this board is making a firm recommendation to Ruth about what she should or should not do. Rather, there is a discussion of general benefits and drawbacks presented for Ruth, as well as other buyers and sellers to consider. I consider myself experienced and diligent, and I have learned many things from my colleagues on Trulia, most of whom are from out of state. The right decision for any seller considering any contract will depend on many details beyond this board.
I donâ€™t believe that Ruth, nor the average consumer, is expecting this forum to be the end all to any and every real estate need or decision. Trulia does provide a source for consumers to gain better understanding. As a matter of fact, I recommend that my clients read Trulia, and encourage them to ask questions. (To my knowledge, I havenâ€™t seen any of them, but I still suggest it.) I am confident enough in both my advice to my clients, as well as the overall integrity, experience and wisdom represented by so many of the RE Pros, that I welcome Trulian input. I find that sometimes customers need to hear the same message repetitively before accepting it. Example: Overpricing generally leads to a lower sales price. When my customers hear the same message repeated on Trulia, as I deliver, it validates, reinforces, and boosts consumer confidence in their decisions.
My financial investment decisions are made with consult of an advisor, but that does not mean that I donâ€™t seek out information on my own. I research info about jewelry before a substantial purchase, but only buy from my trusted jeweler. I research info about medical issues quite in depth as the primary caretaker for my Mother, but I donâ€™t diagnose or treat her. The three examples I provided represent a desire to be an informed consumer. In each of my examples, I use knowledge that I gain from outside sources to have meaningful discussions with trusted advisors, and make decisions.
I suspect that even if Ruth hired a full service agent, she would remain hands on, and that she would still post questions and answers on Trulia. And, many of those would be the same questions she asks now.
There are those few FSBOs out there that are capable of effecting a sale as successful as if they had hired a Realtor. There are those FSBOs who effect a sale, but perhaps with end results that pale compared to what they might have accomplished with a Realtor. Worse, some of them donâ€™t know what they left on the table. Either way, it is a homeownerâ€™s right, and we all need to respect that right.
BTW Ruth........Holidays would have little impact on my recommendation to entertain a contingent offer or not. The quality of the offer on the sale property itself, the likelihood of the buyer to sell their property, and the competitive landscape for alternate buyers for my seller would be the relevant points to consider.