It's not too late to influence Congress — Act now!

Don’t learn this lesson the hard way

Translate this page
A smiling man in a suit with glasses holding a leather folder standing in front of a partially viewed for sale sign in a home's front yard

06/03/2016 | Author: Ward Lowe

My neighbors wanted to sell their house last year, no later than August. They spent most of the spring getting ready—painting the kitchen, cleaning out the cluttered garage, and updating hardware in the bathrooms.

Then they advertised it for sale in May without using a REALTOR®.

I asked the husband why they were selling the house on their own. He talked about the high demand for homes in our neighborhood; many houses were selling for close to asking price as soon as they went on the market. He figured that attracting buyers wouldn’t be difficult, and he wasn’t worried about handling the paperwork—especially if doing it on his own would save a few dollars.

By September, they took it off the market. While there was interest, arranging showings was difficult around the kids’ and parents’ schedules, and one deal fell through because of a missed deadline.

Last week, my neighbors put their house on the market again, hoping to move by August. I noticed a few differences from last year: the asking price is higher, there’s a REALTOR®’s sign in their front yard, and this morning the sign changed from for sale to sale pending.

Categories: Sellers
Tags: homesellers, seller tips, fsbo

advertise with us

Legal disclaimer

The material provided here is for informational purposes only and is not intended and should not be considered as legal advice for your particular matter. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem. Applicability of the legal principles discussed in this material may differ substantially in individual situations.

While the Texas Association of REALTORS® has used reasonable efforts in collecting and preparing materials included here, due to the rapidly changing nature of the real estate marketplace and the law, and our reliance on information provided by outside sources, the Texas Association of REALTORS® makes no representation, warranty, or guarantee of the accuracy or reliability of any information provided here or elsewhere on Any legal or other information found here, on, or at other sites to which we link, should be verified before it is relied upon.

Advice for Consumers

How Texas REALTORS® are helping homeowners

You found dozens of homes listed online that you love. Now what?

Why thousands of REALTORS® will be at the state Capitol Tuesday


More advice for consumers