For Sale By Owner many times means frustration for homesellers. 7

True, you do not have to list your Buffalo area home with a Real Estate Professional. You can do it by yourself, there are homes that do sell.

But do you want to?

Here are some things to think about before you list your Buffalo home by yourself:

  • 70% to 80% of for sale by owners end up listing with a real estate agent after the house fails to sell
  • Many For Sale By Owner homes in the Buffalo area are not priced correctly costing them a significant amount of time and money
  • Not everyone can price their home competitively. Do you know what your Buffalo home is worth compared to others that are on the local Real Estate market? Do you know what homes are over-priced and why? More importantly are you basing your price on their asking price?
  • Do you have a way to pre-qualify potential buyers?
  • Many qualified buyers avoid For Sale By Owners because they do not understand the process and want guidance from a professional. Are you willing to work with those professionals? How are you going to compensate them?
  • Do you know the disclosures you need to give potential buyers? The contracts that are used? Do you have an attorney chosen?
  • Do you know about Buyer Assistance programs available to many Buffalo home buyers?
  • You will have strangers walking through your home, how safe can you feel?

  • How will you conduct Open Houses? When is the best time to do so? What are the best ways to advertise your Buffalo Open house?
  • Many people are “tire kickers”, how are you going to screen them?
  • There is more to marketing your Buffalo home for sale then placing a sign out front. How are you going to take advantage of new technology giving home buyers the ability to shop from their home? What websites are useful, how do consumers search?
  • How are you going to handle showings?

As you can see there is a lot to think about when selling your Buffalo home by yourself. It is a lot of work to sell your home by yourself, so much so that dealing with phone calls, open houses, appointments for showing your home, and the complicated paperwork many home owners decide to list with a professional. Want to find out how we can assist you in selling your Buffalo home? Call us today at (716) 650-0051.

Thinking of selling your Erie County home? Interested in finding out the current market value of your single family home, condo or investment property? Then call at (716) 650-0051 to discuss what is happening in today’s Western New York Real Estate Market. We would be happy to give you a personalized Comparative Market Analysis for your home or assist you to purchase a home. View additional WNY Market Area Statistics here.

What about one of these homes?


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About Colleen Kulikowski, Associate Real Estate Broker (716) 650-0051

Colleen Kulikowski is an Associate Real Estate Broker with J. Philip Real Estate specializing in Western New York residential homes who doesn’t follow trends; she blazes new trails and is able to recognize industry trends and implement them to her client’s best interest. Colleen has created a unique following with one of the top local internet positions in the country generating thousands of leads for her team. Real Estate is a second career for Kulikowski who’s first career was in Information Technology and Data Warehousing working for such companies as Radio City Music Hall, Nabisco Foods and as a consultant in the Financial and Insurance industries. A strong background in technology and management provides her with keen analytical and sharp negotiating skills.

7 thoughts on “For Sale By Owner many times means frustration for homesellers.

  • Tifany Harlan

    Awesome post. May sellers that are trying to sell their own homes should pay attention. You have a great resource here!

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