For Sale By Owner Facts (FSBO)

Are you OK with selling your home for less?

According to the National Association of REALTORS: 

FSBO properties sell for less than the selling price of other homes: This is the number 1 reason sellers choose to partner with a top real estate agent. Last year, FSBO homes sold at a median of $200,000. That’s significantly lower than the median of agent-assisted homes at $280,000 even after $8,000 in commission fees for the latter is taken into account.

There are currently approx. 16,000 properties listed on the MLS in Metro Vancouver including dozens of homes very similar to your own home. This is your competition!!.

Every month hundreds of listings expire on the MLS without having seen one single serious buyer.

Every month the vast majority of Craigslist postings are turned over to Realtors. The avg. FSBO time span on the market is 61 days before hiring a Realtor.

Every day there are dozens of similar homes coming onto the market competing for the same buyer.  

Buyers do not trust sellers as much as they trust Realtors. Realtors must always put their clients first, be loyal, act truthfully, confidentially, ethically, etc.

Buyers usually want the purchase price reduced by the commission the seller saves as a FSBO.

In addition, buyers want the regular discount they would ask for as if it was not a FSBO.

FSBOs reduce the sales price at least once before finally engaging a Realtor.

In the rather rare event that a FSBO eventually sells his property he discounts the already reduced price again.

The vast majority, 92%, of buyers are represented by a Realtor.

FSBOs are usually up against a professionally trained Realtor who ONLY represents his client, the buyer. Similar to a lawyer, who would only represent you, the seller.

Very few Realtors like me spend a lot of dollars on promoting sellers properties, In fact, we do have one of the biggest free marketing action plans and a huge social media presence compared to most Realtors in Vancouver. Therefore, we sell higher and faster. Please click here to view our marketing action plan.

Bernie is a local market and marketing expert and works with a global network of professionals throughout the industry. All his properties are extensively marketed not only locally but are globally seen by thousands of potential buyers a day.


If you were involved in a lawsuit equaling the value of your home would you represent yourself in a court of law without a specialized lawyer? BC Realtors have to attend the University of BC and therefore, are highly educated professionals. In addition, a BC Realtor license is only renewed every two years when periodic and mandatory update courses such as legal, ethical and key regulatory requirements, such as agency, contracts and disclosures, etc. have been successfully completed.

Please note:

92% of all properties are sold by professional MLS Realtors.
4% sell mostly to friends / relatives.
4% sell to strangers.

Source: National Association of Realtors.

FSBO - Is this really a good idea?

  • Are you an 
  • intuitive pricer, 
  • objective designer, 
  • creative marketer, 
  • astute communicator, 
  • legal expert, 
  • top-notch negotiator?. 

You’ll need to wear a lot of hats to sell your home and you’ll need to wear them well.

Are you ready to navigate a ton of legal land mines? There are hundreds of laws governing real estate, Unintentionally, breaking a law or overstepping the contract and your buyer can sue you for all kinds of things.

Are you confident about the disclosure laws?

Have you got 200 extra hours to spend on selling your home?

........... and the list goes on. 

In fact there are over 184 things a good Realtor does for his clients.


We had the pleasure to work with Bernie when we were looking for a condo in Downtown Vancouver. From start to finish Bernie was very responsive, kind, and a constant professional. We are still amazed how knowledgeable he is when it comes to the Vancouver real estate market and the economy. We are looking forward to the opportunity to work with him again and we will highly recommend him to everyone, .

Bill and Jane S.

Helping FSBO - For Sale By Owner - Sell Higher & Faster

We usually sell 20+ % higher & faster than FSBO (For Sale By Owner) and most Realtors in Vancouver. Source: NAR - National Association of Realtors. Reason being, we do have one of the Biggest 45+ Tool High Impact Marketing Action Programs in Vancouver. In addition, we are connected to an international network of 10,000+ investors, buyers and brokers . Please refer to our Full High Impact Marketing Programs.

Experience combined with extensive marketing actions always sell higher and faster.

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