Is FSBO the Way to Go When Selling Your Huntsville AL Real Estate?

By: Huntsville Real Estate Expert Mike Manosky On February 21, 2012

Considering selling a home ‘by owner’ has been a fairly consistent desire in the Huntsville AL real estate market over the past few decades. Everyone wants to save a buck and some think they can save a lot of money by selling their homes by themselves.  But would you really save money by doing it yourself?

To start off with it should be said that there are indeed people who can sell their homes for sale by owner (FSBO), and even save a few dollars doing it. Those are the people who have five important skills:

  1. They know how to market and advertise theirHuntsville AL real estate both online and offline without spending a fortune.
  2. They are excellent sales people.
  3. They know how to pre-qualify buyers to be sure they’re actually able to afford the home.
  4. They’re great at negotiating.
  5. They know how to execute real estate contracts and all the other associated legal work necessary to sell a home.

Additionally, they need to have plenty of time to:

  • Market and advertise their home.  A lot of time can be spent writing ads, creating flyers, taking photos, and loading everything to a wide variety of real estate websites.
  • Show their home to potential buyers at times that are best for the buyer.
  • Negotiate with buyers.
  • Execute the real estate contract.

If you do not have those five skills or the extra time needed to perform all the necessary tasks, selling your Huntsville AL real estate by owner probably isn’t a good idea for you.

Instead, you can hire a real estate agent to do it all for you.  A professional real estate agent is more than just someone who puts their name on a sign on your front lawn.

  • They are the person who is your first line of defense when it comes to dealing with buyers. They know how to be sure the person coming to look at your house really has the qualifications to actually make a purchase, not just some Sunday shopper.
  • They also have the marketing know-how and the advertising power of a real estate company behind them.
  • They have vast connections and relationships with professionals such as home inspectors, title offices and mortgage companies.  They work with these people many times a month year in and year out.
  • They’re skilled negotiators.
  • They understand what legal work has to be done and how to keep it on track.

Obviously, a professional real estate agent saves you time, but they also save you money.  Statistics show that homes sell for more money when sold by an agent, especially in today’s real estate market.  How can that be?  People who buy a FSBO know you’re saving money on commission and expect you to pass those savings on to them.

If you’d like more information on how a real estate agent can help save you time and money by selling your home, give me a call today at 256-508-0211 Direct or 800-803-0053 Toll Free or email me at


Having lived in the Huntsville AL area for most of his life, Mike Manosky understands exactly what makes this community special.  In fact, those who know him well will tell you he carries the same traditional values and focus on the future as Huntsville.

Mike brings with him a keen eye for the details of buying or selling a Huntsville AL home and seemingly boundless determination and energy, which is why his clients benefit from his unique brand of real estate service. Rooted in Tradition, Focused on the Future – Mike Manosky will help make the most of your Huntsville AL real estate experience. Give him a call today, 256-508-0211 Direct or 800-803-0053 Toll Free, and discover the difference he can make during your family’s move.



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