FSBR – For Sale By Realtor


Call it karma, or ironic or just really funny; but I love when real life reinforces a truth that I hold self-evident: you need a professional to represent you when there’s a lot on the line.

What’s the recent real life reinforcement that prompted this post?? The story in the Wall Street Journal about Colby Sambrotto: the founder of forsalebyowner.com. You know… the guy who predicated his business on Do It Yourself Home Sales but had to hire a Realtor who knew what the heck he was doing so Sambrotto could get his Manhattan apartment sold?

There’s a ton of expertise that goes into marketing and listing a home – it’s not just location, location, location that will make the sale.

I could go on at length about this guy and his inability to practice what he so easily preached (sometimes I wish I had my own talk show so I could devote an entire opening monologue to these types of stories!).

At the end of the day, whether you’re in the market for a $2.5 million co-op on Manhattan’s Westside or a doublewide in Anytown, USA…you can’t go wrong with an experienced agent and a mortgage banker who knows their market and how to facilitate the home buying or selling process.

Wonder what Sambrotto’s up to now? Perhaps he’s building his own home! Who needs a contractor or an architect or an engineer or a carpenter or an electrician or a plumber or a roofer anyway?

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