DEAR BOB: I recently read your explanation on how to choose an outstanding real estate agent. What is your opinion of FSBO (for sale by owner) home sales? I have almost always sold my own properties with good results. Are there any things I should be cautioned about in today's active real estate market? – Barbara F. DEAR BARBARA: Before you decide to sell your home alone without a professional real estate agent, please interview at least three successful realty agents who sell homes in your vicinity. Purchase Bob Bruss reports online. You will learn (1) their opinions of your home's market value based on their CMA (comparative market analysis) reports, (2) how their evaluation was determined based on recent comparable home sales prices, and (3) all the disclosure paperwork involved in home sales today to avoid lawsuits by buyers. Most FSBO sellers give up after 30 to 60 days. Chances are you will then list your home for sale with one of the professional agents you interviewed be...
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