We Realtors® aren’t shy about laying out the case for why home sellers and buyers overwhelmingly choose to conduct their home sales through St. Cloud real estate agents. By themselves, the positive reasons are persuasive enough: our services that are proven, reliable, and sanctioned by Minnesota’s licensing officials. Since just about everybody has friends or relatives who have completed their own house sale through a licensed St. Cloud real estate agent, that powerful positive word of mouth completes the picture.
But there is also a mountain of evidence why the alternative—the ‘For Sale by Owner’ route—is so rarely chosen. It doesn’t take a lot of compelling histories of FSBO failure attempts to dissuade would-be do-it-yourselfers. Homeowners who delve into all that a home sale entails soon read about some of the real-world reasons why so many ultimately turn to professionals:
FSBOs attract scams. Without a real estate professional’s security apparatus and experience to intercede, FSBO sellers become tempting targets for fraudulent appraisal and loan documentation schemes, fake 3rd-party purchases, and a range of sophisticated gambits. With only their own resources to prevent misrepresentation, FSBO sellers’ personal information can be easy prey for phishing scam artists.
Failure to price correctly. That’s vital because missing the mark can mean failure to make the most of “golden time”—the first days a home is listed for sale. The longer a home lingers on the market, the lower its perceived value.
Lack of exposure. Spreading the word is fundamental to any sale. With a full coterie of advertising and public relations channels in daily use, St. Cloud real estate agents automatically bring marketing clout that’s all but impossible to match.
Failure to close. The technical requirements that bring a sale to the closing table take experience and skill to observe and finalize. They range from skillfully conducting original negotiations, structuring the timelines and contingencies of the sales contract, dealing with inspections and objections—to the entire range of closing documentation details.
Then there’s the likelihood that throughout the entire process, any buyers are likely to have an experienced St. Cloud real estate agent by their side protecting their interests! It’s little wonder why 8 out of 9 FSBO attempts fail—and why so many FSBO sellers sooner or later wind up recruiting their own licensed agent. If you are thinking of putting your own St. Cloud home on the market, I hope you cut to the chase by giving me a call!
Providing a superior level of informed, professional real estate services to buyers and sellers throughout Central Minnesota. We have agents specializing in residential, commercial, multifamily, new construction, existing, investment properties, foreclosures/REO, and short sales with offices located in:
Team Behrendt has been a #1 team for over 40 years, our career sales have exceed over $315 million dollars and over 4000 closings. We have been ranked in the Top 100 agents out of over 58,000 Prudential Real Estate Agents. As of January 2014 Bob & Jane joined Premier Real Estate Services, a top ranked real estate company in the growing St. Cloud market
Bob and Jane's marketing is hands on, up to date and full service from start to finish. We operate out of 2 offices, St. Cloud and Sauk Rapids. Currently all of our properties can be viewed online, which allows you to view full details and take virt ual tours of the properties
We specialize in residential and waterfront properties, acreage and hobby farms, apartment buildings and complexes, commercial properties and investments.
Our Team consists of Bob & Jane Behrendt, BJ Behrendt and Tom Isaacson. Whether you are thinking about buying or selling, let our expertise guide you through the process.
When it comes to selling your St. Cloud home, some would have it that
"I meet Bob and Jane thru a friend and when Bob came over I explained I only had a few months money saved aside so hope the house would sell fast. They were able to find a buyer within that time table. I would recommend them to all. Bob and Jane are a great team and they sold my home fast and helped me thru each step."