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Seller-Realtor Value Proposition

Good market or bad there is one constantly nagging question that is consistently asked by home sellers (and buyers) and that is “why do we need to use a REALTOR®? I thought that this week would be a great time to truly explore the value proposition that working with a highly skilled professional can bring to the transaction no matter what side of the aisle you are on. The number one argument is that of commission. Be it 4%, 6% or (you pick the number) it is often said that these cost cannot be justified. That the skill sets required to negotiate a purchase or sale do not warrant the cost. So it is this premise that I will first address. It is a fact that a home listed and properly marketed by a licensed real estate professional will in fact sell for 24% more on average than that of a home that is for sale by owner (FISBO). This fact alone would argue the point. It has been proven that the average seller would have a net profit that is at least 18% greater from his sale if he engages the…

NAR and CAR Respond

First let me say that last week’s article caused a flurry of responses asking for more information. So if you will indulge me, I will expand on the topic. And, add a couple of divergent opinions in an attempt to draw even more of you into the debate. First, on February 11, 2011 in response to the White House’s floating the idea of dissolving Freddie and Fannie over the next few years, the California Association of Realtors (CAR) had the following response. “The elimination of government involvement would raise borrowing cost for home buyers. And, severely restrict a safe and affordable flow of financing, further impeding the still fragile housing market recovery”. “A reduced government presence in the mortgage market will raise the cost of homeownership and make mortgages less available,” according to CAR President Beth Peerce. She goes on to say “Congress needs to understand that during economic downturns, the housing market needs government involvement to ensure capital stability”. CAR …