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FSBO Dangers!

I got a call to do a market on a home.


The owner had been trying to sell by themselves.

First off, they were over priced.

But the real issues are the problem they had.


The owner showed the home to a couple.  When the couple walked in they went different ways.

Well you can almost guess.

The seller found all his medication gone and a few other items.


He had no name, no description of the car.


For Sale By Owner's need to be very very careful.

Professional help is best!


Comment balloon 13 commentsWilliam Feela • February 28 2018 04:20AM


Morning William.

Well that's learning the hard way. Bet it won't happen again.  

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty AR LLC) 9 months ago

That is one issue I always raise with people who think they can sell their own home... security. They let people walk through who have not been vetted. It's one of my issues with open houses as well. I've found that 99.9% of my clients ask I don't have open houses just for this reason.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage | Charlotte, NC) 9 months ago

Good morning William. These are not easy times. Not everybody viewing a home is there to buy a home. Lessons learned. Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) 9 months ago

Good morning William. You have pointed out something very real. FSBO's are sitting targets and vulnerable beyond their capacity to grasp.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 9 months ago

Hi William,

Yes, preparing for showings is just one area FSBOs need to be educated in.

Posted by Carol Williams, "Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services" (U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business.) 9 months ago

They must not have heard this before or thought it coldn't happen to them.

Posted by Vern Eaton, Realtor 651-674-7449 9 months ago

Oh man, that's a big one right now. FSBO's really frustrate me. They have no clue. D

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 9 months ago

This is a very good story to share.

Have an outstanding week.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) 9 months ago

FSBO's have always been an easy target for predators. The sellers want to believe that everyone is genuinely interested in their house.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) 9 months ago

We also have to be leary of these type of guests. It is not only the FSBO William Feela 

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Northwest.) 9 months ago

We are living in very different times.  While these dangers have always been there, they seem to have multiplied several times in recent years.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 9 months ago

I hate that that happened to someone.  Yes, they should have called a real estate professional.

Posted by 1 ~Judi & Don Barrett & Chassy Eastep - Integrity, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) 9 months ago

That's actually how I got my first listing 29 years ago. FSBO had a showing. A woman and her "pregnant" daughter. As the owner started to show the two women the home the daughter asked if she could use the bathroom. Mom kept the seller busy while the daughter stole several items. 

Posted by Larry Riggs, GRI, SRS Your Frederick County Specialist (Century 21 Redwood) 6 months ago