Real Estate Conversations with Brenda: For Sale By Owners: You've Got Options

For Sale By Owners: You've Got Options

I wrote a post a couple of weeks ago outlining the advantages of having an ACRE(r) by your side to help you sell your home A Bargain Ain't Always a Bargain-For Sale by Owners in and around San Antonio, TX-I Offer You Choices!

This week Charita Cadenhead knocks another post out of the park to let you, the consumer know about choices you truly haven't had as a seller or a For Sale by Owner in the past.

On the one hand, you can turn to a flat fee MLS service that offers you nothing in the way of guidance, counseling or advocacy, but does get some exposure to your home to other Realtors(r) in your area....or....

You get to purchase the whole package deal, with a traditional commission model,  something that you are trying to avoid to possibly save money. 

Because of this you get to choose the least, worst idea.  With an Accredited Consultant in Real Estate, we can offer you choices based upon your needs, your current knowledge and yep, even your wallet that can give you the options you deserve and need while trying to sell your home. 

What are those options?  Well, here in San Antonio TX, you can call me, Brenda Mullen as your local Accredited Consultant in Real Estate(r)...and if you're not here, you can check out the Accredited Consultant in Real Estate locator to find one in your area.  But I know one thing for certain, if you are in Birmingham, Alabama, call Charita Cadenhead for all of your home selling needs!

For Sale By Owners:  You've Got Options

Since the beginning of Bham WIiRE's existence, our motto has been "You've Got Options" and now, I am glad to say that you have even more options.

ACRE LogoI've recently become an Accredited Consutant in Real Estate® (ACRE®).  As such, you've got more choices than you've ever had before as it relates to the approach that you use to sell your home and how you pay for the services that you received from an ACRE®.

We've always understood that you're just trying to save money in real estate agent commissions and I understand that many agents have resented you for that.  At the risk of being an outcast in my industry, I must say that I've always understood the need and desire of For Sale by Owners to save on commission.  Who doesn't want to save money?  I can't think of a soul.

The real dilemma for you has been "the all or nothing" approach offered by Realtors® and real estate agents alike.  You know what I mean:  the approach whereby the real estate agent is fully in charge of every aspect of the process and you pay a designated commission upon the sale of the home.

For many years, if you were unsuccessful at selling your homes, you may have ultimately listed with an agent and given that one and only "all or nothing option".

As an ACRE, I can offer you more choices in ways that are important to you be allowing you to choose from a menu of services.  And the best part about that is that you get to pay for only the services that you desire.  Now before you get too excited, trust me when I say that I am not talking about taking a single penny from you just for sticking your listing in the MLS.  There are enough companies that offer that service and not much, if anything, else.

Make no mistake, I am a Realtor® and I take that very seriously.  My experience and training has prepared me to:

  1. be an advocate for you,
  2. offer you sound counsel and guidance, 
  3. offer you the representation unmatched by an untrained person attempting to sell their home and most importantly
  4. manage and troubleshoot the pitfalls known widely throughout the world that is real estate.

I've been trained to do far more than that and as a practicing Realtor®, my experience counts for far more than you think.  Sure you'll save money, given your options, but that is not synonymous with discounting. There are many that won't grasp the concept of consulting services including real estate agents.  But think about it, those are the same people who didn't believe that FSBO websites would proliferate the way that they have.  Those are the people who are all to comfortable with the "way that things have always  been done."  And it's quite possible that those are the people who fear change and the unknown.

One thing I know about you already, as a For Sale by Owner, and that is without having met you, I know that you don't fear the unknown.  Heck if you did, you wouldn't be trying to sell your own home.   Am I right?

Thirty minutes of your time.  That's all I ask.  Contact me today at 205-321-1200 and let's talk about those options that you never knew you had.

We're everywhere.  There's an ACRE® near you.

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Comment balloon 7 commentsBrenda Mullen • September 21 2011 09:19AM


Hi Brenda...Thanks for the Re-Blog. giving Consumers Choices is what a true professional does now a days. Time have changed and Consumers know it. Best to Change with the times and offer Choices to your Clients...before somebody else does.

Posted by Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant (RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

Thanks for the reblog Brenda.  Appreciate it. Consumers owe it to themselves to investigate this option offered by ACRE®s.

Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) almost 9 years ago

Hi Fred-I know you are an ACRE(r) too is it's in your Title :) lol!  Giving sellers, to include FSBOs is really the wave of the future.  Why should they have to rely on flat fee with no guidance or full package with full price if all they need are a few things?  That is not to say that traditional commission isn't still on the table, but the sellers will get transparency and realize what they are buying at the end of the day AND they get advocacy!  What could be better?!

Hi Charita.but of course...gotta get the word out that you are an ACRE(r) too!  Terrific post and deserves to be shared :)!

Posted by Brenda Mullen, Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!! (RE/MAX Access) almost 9 years ago

This is interesting, never heard of it before.  I'm not quite on the same page but worth reading, thanks!

Posted by Cathy Criado, Making Real Estate Profitable (Criado Realty ) almost 9 years ago

Hi Cathy-You should check it out.  It's just another benefit you can add for your clients.  It's not about discounting your services, rather the opposite, it's about offering choice and transparency to sellers. 

Posted by Brenda Mullen, Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!! (RE/MAX Access) almost 9 years ago

Thanks, Brenda,

I never heard of ACRE before.. Something new for me...

I think it is a good idea to educate our customers.

Have a great day!

Posted by Tatyana Makarov, Your Greater Hartford Area Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 9 years ago

Brenda unfortunately many times For Sale By Owners (FSBO's) are not willing to look at the options, until they have wasted valuable time trying to sell their house on their own.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) almost 9 years ago

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