Myths about Buying Santa Cruz County Real Estate for Sale by Owner

Posted by Lauren Spencer on Sunday, December 19th, 2010 at 11:01pm.

Myths about Buying Santa Cruz County Real Estate for Sale by Owner

There are a few misconceptions about buying Santa Cruz County real estate for sale by owner (FSBO). 

Sellers aren’t Serious

Some buyers think that the seller isn’t serious about selling the house, that they’re just testing the market.  While this is true in some cases, most sellers are serious and will accept an offer that is close to the asking price.

There’s Something Wrong with the Home

Sometimes Santa Cruz County real estate for sale by owner sits on the market for a while.  Generally, it isn’t because there’s something terribly wrong with the house. 

It may be because the owner isn’t open to negotiations on the sale price.  More often, it’s because the owner doesn’t have the experience marketing and showing homes to potential buyers that a real estate agent does.  A typical owner isn’t likely to have the time to properly market the house.  If there aren’t enough buyers looking at the house, it’s going to be harder to get a good purchase offer.

Real Estate Agents can't Help

Some buyers believe that real estate agents can't help them negotiate the purchase of a FSBO.  That's not true.  If you find a FSBO you're interested in, whether you find it because you drive by it or see it in an advertisement, let your Santa Cruz County real estate agent know.  Real estate agents can represent your best interests when purchasing FSBOs, just like they do when purchasing homes listed with a real estate agency.

If you're interested in buying a home, whether or not it's a FSBO, I'd like to help you.  Call me today at 831.662.6522 or email me at Lauren@LaurenSpencer.com. For additional information please visit my website at www.MySantaCruzRealEstate.com.

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About Lauren Spencer

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Lauren Spencer is your local real estate expert, specializing in Santa Cruz real estate and surrounding communities—this is where she lives, works, and plays too. Let her know your questions about the community and county and she'll be happy to fill you in on all you want to know! Lauren Spencer has consistently been voted best local REALTOR in Santa Cruz and is always happy to offer her advice and expertise. Call her at: 800.226.4717.

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