For Sale by Owner Founder Colby Sambrotto HIRED A REALTOR to SELL HIS HOME!
It was a long six months for ForSaleByOwner.com founder Colby Sambrotto. He was trying to sell his expensive New York Apartment for two million in trendy Chelsea.
Mr. Sambrotto certainly knew how to sell a home direct without the use of a professional real estate agent. After all, he WAS the founder of ForSaleByOwner.com which was founded on the belief that home sellers could save thousnds by selling direct. The whole premise of the ForSaleByOwner.com website is to eliminate the Realtor because they are not needed and encouraging home owners to “save” the comission by selling direct. Mr. Sambrotto used online advertising and classified advertisements to market his home. He put into practice everything that he had preached on how to sell your home by owner. After all, it’s easy! You really DON’T NEED a Realtor!
But in the end, Mr. Sambrotto failed. The do-it-yourself guru was unable to attract a buyer for his 2,000 square foot apartment. He accepted defeat and listed his apartment with a local real estate broker, Jesse Butler at the standard rate of 6% commission.
The first thing Mr. Butler did was look at the current market and determine that Mr. Sambrotto was not asking enough for his high-priced apartment. Jesse Butler INCREASED the price of the Sambrotto condo and was able to successfully market and capture that elusive buyer. The condo is now closed for 2.15 million! This will net Mr. Sambrotto MORE than he was originally asking!
Despite Mr. Sambrotto’s failure to successfully market and sell his own home, he is now in the process of launching a new for sale by owner website called USRealty.com. Really, Mr. Sambrotto isn’t this a little hypocritical?
Listing your home on these websites is NOT free. The current fee to list on ForSalebyOwner.com is $80.95 per month, $289 per listing for unlimited photos, and $689 for an enhanced listing. You pay the fee and then you do the work. Not to mention, it is an ineffective way to market and sell your home.
The fee for listing your Murfreesboro TN home, or home anywhere in the surrounding area like Brentwood, Franklin, or Smyrna is FREE until your home successfully closes. In addition to “unlimited photos and an enhanced listing on the MLS” when homeowners list with me I provide:
- Detailed Pricing Analysis to Make Sure Your Home Is PRICED TO SELL (not SALE!)
- Dedicated webpage for their home
- Virtual tours - more than one!
- Digital library
- Real videos posted on YouTube
- Featured Home on SherriWellborn.com which ranks on Page ONE of Google
- Syndicated listings sent to over 300 additional websites
- Posted and updated regularly on Craigslist
- Mobile optimized website for each home through Murfreesboro.Realbird.com
- QR codes for smart phone users
- Marketed to my nationwide networking group of over 200,000 agents nationwide
- Easy access to school and community information for potential buyers
- Custom lighted PVC signs to capture the attention of drive-by buyers
- Assistance in getting your home STAGED to sell
- ... good old fashioned word of mouth!
A great real estate agent is able to successfully market and sell your home resulting in a greater NET to your bottom dollar. In addition, the burden is on the Realtor to do a great job because all of the services are FREE to the seller if their home does not sell.
Who has the best motives and will work harder to sell your home:
- Mr. Sambrotto’s For Sale By Owner websites which take your money up front regardless of whether or not your home sells, or
- A professional Realtor who is willing to market your home at no cost to you unless it is successfully closed?
If you are currently trying to sell your home For Sale By Owner and would like to speak with me to see how I can possibly INCREASE your net and get your home SOLD, please contact me at 615-566-3789.
Follow the lead of Colby Sambrotto.
Hire a professional Realtor to sell your home!