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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties, The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730 (Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070)

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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

Sometimes we have to be people and not the job!   I've given a hand up to many with zero expectations.  Always on my mind is the saying "There but for the Grace of God go I"

Nov 18, 2015 11:31 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Widow woman frail..no family or friends...I would lend a hand plus

Nov 18, 2015 11:21 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

yes because he probably won't sell it on his own and I want to stand out as the agent who puts clients' interests first and is willing to be generous even to non-clients like the FSBO. 

Nov 18, 2015 11:01 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I've done that in the past, and I've benefited from it 10 fold....

Nov 18, 2015 10:48 PM
Gary Coles (International Referrals)
Venture Realty International - Las Vegas, NV
Latin America Real Estate

If the client was a  veteran or widow in serious financial trouble, I would help.

In response to the E&O concern, it would be easy to do a simple contract for real estate consulting services and charge $1 if you were truly concerned.

Nov 19, 2015 01:50 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Answer questions? Yes, but no in an actionable way.

Expose those whom I depend on to one who devalues my service....NO.

It's a TWO WAY STREET. If the FSBO is receptive to collaboration, things can work well. BUT, there needs to be a benefit, I value, for my effort.

Nov 18, 2015 10:59 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

If they were going to buy their next home with me, I'd provide help. Otherwise, if there was no chance they would ever list, I'd be spending my time where I'd be making money, as that's what I'm in business to do. That being said, in very special circumstances--an elderly person, a vet, etc.--I would certainly help out as I could without generating a ton of liability. But a basic FSBO where all they want is to avoid a commission, no.

Nov 19, 2015 09:31 PM
Amy Lopez
Clarksville Property Solutions LLC - Clarksville, TN
Clarksville Property Solutions Founder

I think a limited amount of help isn't going to hurt and may get you a client in the future.

Nov 19, 2015 11:05 AM
Jack Lewitz
Exit Strategy Realty - Evanston, IL

I am going to help a client of mine do a Deed in Lieu of foreclosure without compensation so I guess the answer is yes

Nov 19, 2015 11:01 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


On occasion we have, and we have been rewarded by their referrals.  A

Nov 19, 2015 08:10 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Not as of yet, but I could see it happening with the right people and the right reasons.

Nov 19, 2015 06:53 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Depends on the level of help.  If they want something major and they need to buy a house, I get a signed contract from them to buy their next house with me.


Now if I went on a listing appointment and they still went FSBO, that's a different ball game.  They just says "I like you, but don't want to pay you."

Nov 19, 2015 06:32 AM
Fred Hafdelin
Weichert Realtors - Mountain Lakes, NJ

A run of the mill I can sell it myself FSBO but I need some free advise/help no. A distressed person (widow, veteran etc.) of course I would help them.

Nov 19, 2015 05:33 AM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

And be liable for the services I provide for free? No. Because I have no control yet can be blamed if things go wrong. Even providing your vendor list could backfire. Somewhere in the real estate laws it talks about "implied agency" and this could be the case.

Nov 19, 2015 05:26 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Burlington, MA
Metro Boston Homes For Sale

Debbie Reynolds I did - once for a very close friend of mine. Eventually, after 3 months he listed with me.

Good news is - there was a buyer who was looking at the home daily - and approached me once I listed.

He specifically mentioned to me (and my friend at a later date), he did not want to deal with FSBO!

Nov 19, 2015 05:23 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Debbie Reynolds If someone cannot pay for your services, they also more than likely cannot pay for their closing costs and any other costs that may come up along the way. It's a nice altruistic gesture, but I believe there can be more to it unless you are willing to go all the way.

Nov 19, 2015 03:22 AM
David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential

I help widows and others who are in a real financial bind without charging them. I would prefer to list it and not charge that help them as a FSBO.

Nov 19, 2015 01:12 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I have not run into this situation, and depending on the circumstances, maybe.

Nov 19, 2015 12:24 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

No; this practice merely solidifies the belief by those people that they don't need our services.

Nov 19, 2015 12:08 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I have provided sellers disclosures; however I would use caution on answering questions.

Nov 18, 2015 11:47 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

No, this would take away time from taking care of clients I have fiduciary relationships with. It could also be an E&O issue potentially. I would consider a fixed fee basis like creating a CMA, but at a price.

Nov 18, 2015 11:13 PM
Renee Paray
Coldwell Banker Realty - Blue Bell, PA

On a limited basis. I have done this a couple of times and one time they were on the phone with me everytime they had a showing, communication, etc... I guess it depends on the person. I was originally asked to recommend a landscaper, 

Nov 18, 2015 10:57 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

If I'm not their agent, no. In CA, I've just opened myself up to all the risk & no reward...(and no E&O coverage without a signed contract/agency disclosure).

Nov 18, 2015 10:55 PM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

It depends on the situation

Nov 21, 2015 02:01 PM
Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

I help all I can everyday ....I have had these call me for advice and it pays off in the long run!

Nov 21, 2015 11:01 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

I've done it and often gotten paid for my efforts in the end when they gave up doing it themselves.  Still prospecting FSBO's is not something that I do.

Nov 20, 2015 12:37 AM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Debbie. I answer many mortgage questions for them, most of the time nothing comes of it.

Nov 19, 2015 05:55 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 Good morning Debbie. I do know some agents this area that will sell a house for free as long as they get the other side of the transaction.

Nov 19, 2015 05:19 PM
John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Debbie, once I assisted a FSBO hoping I would get the listing if it did not sale.

Nov 19, 2015 01:00 PM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

If I had a Buyer that wanted to see a FSBO home,  I would ask the seller if I coud show the home.  Then I would offer no commission from the seller, as long as the buyer paid the commission for the Buyers agent (Myself).

Nov 19, 2015 12:41 PM
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

There probably is...I can be very generous. :)

Nov 19, 2015 10:32 AM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Debbie - I have provided information to certain people, but not sure if they were FSBO, or just curious.

I would probably not provide all my services to a FSBO for free.

Nov 19, 2015 10:18 AM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I'm pretty soft hearted and I know there might be a reason or two, I would help someone sell their home as a for sale by owner. 

Nov 19, 2015 08:11 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Sure, why not?

Always good to build good will, and they will probably hire you eventually.

Nov 19, 2015 05:11 AM
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

If they were neighbors I would help out with the hope that they will get too frustrated and give me the listing!

Nov 19, 2015 04:42 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Sure.  If it's someone that I like and they are honest with me, I'd be glad to help them - up to a point.

Nov 19, 2015 02:44 AM
Michael Thacker - Re/Max Real Estate Center - Louisville
Re/Max Real Estate Center - The Thacker Group - Louisville, KY
Your best friend who just happens to be a Realtor

I like what Susan Emo shared. 

Nov 19, 2015 02:38 AM
John Meussner
Mortgages in AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, IN, MD, MN, MT, NC, NJ, NV, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI - Fair Oaks, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Fair Oaks, CA 484-680-4852

If I were an agent there are probably a few circumstances where I'd consider it.  

Nov 19, 2015 02:22 AM
Val Evans
Scottsdale, AZ

Funny how many people hide behind the "E&O" curtain, but yet none have ever heard of anyone filing a claim. Just sayin'

Nov 19, 2015 12:20 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Any circumstances?  Sure.   Not likely to give as much information as I would to a client though.   Timing comes into play as well as commitment.

Nov 19, 2015 12:01 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Only if the goal is get their listing..... 

Nov 19, 2015 12:01 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Coldwell Banker Realty

Haven't - but wouldn't rule it out. 

Nov 18, 2015 11:42 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I have answered their questions and have provided advice many times.

Nov 18, 2015 11:32 PM