1. As a for-sale-by-owner can I pay a commission to an agent for finding the buyer, and if so, should I?

    Our reader today exemplifies the plight of the for-sale-by-owner. While I applaud those who venture out to reduce expenses, rather than earn more, real estate remains a bit like the wild west even today. There are no enforceable standards of practice in an industry where your competitors are also your best customers. Interestingly enough, I can make the same statement to any consumer utilizing the services of a real estate agent.

    May 11, 2020
  2. We will be selling our home this spring. We want to find the perfect real estate agent. Is this an unrealistic expectation?

    Reader Question: My husband and I will be selling our third home soon. We want to find the perfect real estate agent. In all of our past buying and selling transactions, we have experienced some degree of angst somewhere in the process. After three purchases and two sales, we want everything to go smoothly from […]

    March 27, 2017
  3. We expect each agent will have a strong listing presentation. Do you have any specific recommendations about gimmicks or questionable practices?

    Reader Question: We are going to be listing our home soon to take advantage of the spring market. We will be taking your recommendation and interviewing multiple agents, and we expect they will each have a strong listing presentation. Do you have any specific comments for us that may help us spot gimmicks or questionable […]

    March 6, 2017
  4. How do we sell a church?

    Reader Question: We want to sell a church. I am a member of an aging church group on the east coast with a declining number of active families and participants. The absence of new young families in our faith moving into the area and the passing of fellow congregants have taken a toll. From about 400 […]

    August 30, 2016
  5. Are online reviews of real estate agents credible?

    Reader Question: We will be selling our home and casually checking out real estate agents. One of our observations is that some agents seem to have many online reviews while others have very few or none. How important are these recommendations and why don’t all agents use them? Jason D. Monty’s Answer: Positive reviews from […]

    August 23, 2016
  6. I am going to sell my home. One agent has a low fee, the other has established chemistry. Which real estate agent should I choose?

      Reader Question: I am going to sell my home. One Realtor has an awesome marketing plan and a lower commission, but there was no chemistry. Another Realtor whose commission is higher, and marketing is not as vast, but good; established some chemistry. Which real estate agent do I choose? Ashley B. Monty’s Answer: Based […]

    August 25, 2015