10 December 2012 No Comment
By Peter Ricci
The for-sale-by-owner (FSBO) market is one of untapped potential, like an oil reserve that real estate agents haven?t quite reached yet. After all, these are consumers who are looking to sell their homes, but are not seeking the expertise of agents to do so ? but how, it?s fair to ask, can agents attract FSBO home sellers? In our final story on NAR?s 2012 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, we look at what the survey found about the FSBO market, and what it suggests for real estate agents.
Profile of Home Buyers And Sellers & FSBO Home Sellers
We should be clear that FSBO home sellers do make up a relatively small share of the market, and their market share has declined in recent years. In 2012, FSBO home sellers made up 9 percent of all sales, down from 10 percent in the last Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers and 18 percent in 1997.
But still, ?only? 9 percent of existing-home sales still accounts for a big chunk of people. By 2012?s end, NAR is expecting existing-home sales to reach 4.79 million, and 9 percent of that represents more than 431,000 transactions.
So what are the characteristics of this demographic? NAR found that:
- Thirty-three percent of FSBO home sellers knew the buyer prior to the closing.
- Among the FSBO home sellers who did not know the buyer, though, their reasons varied for why they opted not to choose an agent.
- Forty-three percent said they did not want to pay a commission; 25 percent sold their property to a relative, friend or neighbor; and for 15 percent, the buyer contacted them directly.
- Nearly one-third of FSBO home sellers, NAR found, did no marketing for their property, and 60 percent offered no incentives to prospective homebuyers ? and a correlation may exist because of those stats. The average sale price of a FSBO property was $174,900, compared to $215,000 for an agent-listed residence.
Carlos Garcia, the?broker/vice president of The Keyes Company in Kendall and MBF board member, said that he actually has not encountered many FSBO home sellers in the post-boom housing market in Miami, and he finds that more and more sellers are willing to hire an agent ? although such demand for agent services places pressures on the agent to demonstrate their expertise.
?This means that the agents in the marketplace need to be highly trained by their brokers, have a presence in their market, letters of recommendations from previous clients and have the ability to present themselves in a competitive atmosphere as the?homeowners interview multiple agents to make a proper selection,? Garcia said. ?The agent competing for the listing must show ?value added? to the homeowner, good communication skills, be a good listener to the homeowner expectations,marketing presentation and the experiences the agent has had in their area.?