“Yes, Of Course I Want You to Sign with a Realtor”

“Yes, Of Course I Want You to Sign with a Realtor”



We are not signed on with a realtor and found this house on our own. Do you think it might be good to have the realtor of this house sell ours as well? She would definitely have motivation because the sale of our house would mean the sale of both houses...or do you think we should have our own realtor?


Any advice you can offer would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you


I cringe when someone tells me they found a home on their own and might consider doing a transaction without representation. There are so many transactions that I see that don’t have Realtor representation and the odds of closing are greatly reduced, so why take a chance?


Fortunately these folks asked my advice before they decided to proceed on their own. I handled a Realtor referral and home inspector referral.


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Comment balloon 27 commentsJoe Petrowsky • December 05 2015 04:36AM


I'm so glad they asked you.  Now, they understand why it's so important to have their own representation.

Posted by Women of Westchester Working Together, Women helping Women get ahead (Women of Westchester Working Together) about 4 years ago

Hi Joe.  So many people make the mistake of not having a professional represent them.  Just dumb.

Posted by Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor (Re/Max Professional Associates) about 4 years ago

Seems like every day we are reminded how little many people actually know about buying and selling real estate. Glad they asked, and that you were able to provide them with some referrals.

Posted by Jeff Pearl, Full Service Full Time Realtor (RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA) about 4 years ago

Good morning Joe.  Long before I got into this business if I bought a home I always had a agent.  Would not even attempt to purchase any property without an agent.  

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) about 4 years ago

You always provide good advice to your clients. They are fortunate to be working with you.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) about 4 years ago

Good advice, Joe.  Hopefully they will take it and have two successful transactions.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) about 4 years ago

 Consumers/Buyers/Sellers don't know what they don't know...good advice.

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) about 4 years ago

Good morning Joe. They say a lawyer who represents himself has a fool for a client. Enough said. Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) about 4 years ago

Joe: As you know, both the buyer and seller need their own representation. Why some folks try to go it alone is a head scratcher.

Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055) about 4 years ago

Good morning Joe. How very simple and true. Always seek competent advise.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) about 4 years ago

Good morning Joe Petrowsky,

I've never understood the thinking of a buyer trying to go it alone!! Especially in these times of so many changes!! Good advice..it was the best thing for these buyers. You always do the right thing for your clients.

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) about 4 years ago

Joe... thank you for being in our "camp," so to speak. I've been referreed clients more than once by lenders who had someone whose purchase fell apart because they thought they could get it done without representation.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) about 4 years ago

I'm glad they asked you as well. It really is a smart choice to have a professional assist in such a huge transaction.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty) about 4 years ago

Calling the name on the sign offers no protection and if it close will definitely be more expensive

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) about 4 years ago

Joe Petrowsky Everybody benefits if the pros are involved. The biggest problem when no agent is between the parties is that personalities get in the way.

Bill Roberts

Posted by Bill Roberts, "Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner (Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate) about 4 years ago


Cringe does not begin to describe it.  Barbara Todaro wrote a great post titled "Should All Buyers Wear Helmets?:  It says so much, just like you did here.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) about 4 years ago

Hey Joe, I have seen too many homes stay on the market way too long because sellers have been misguided.  They want to fix up their houses and stage a bit but have no idea what will make the most impact for their sale - and the lack of results are pretty telling!

Posted by Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes (Fresh Eyes For Your Home) about 4 years ago

Good Afternoon, Joe Petrowsky sometimes, it's frightening enough working through a buyer's agent....I can't imagine being a lay person and working a deal alone!!!

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) about 4 years ago

I'm glad to hear that you were able to help your clients by providing them with excellent referrals. Obviously, they trust you and look to you for guidance. And you gave them the answers they needed to hear. How many others never ask and proceed - it's like driving through a red light on a major intersection knowing the probability is very high risk with serious consequences.

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) about 4 years ago

I think it depends what the client means by saying the agent will "definitely have motivation." Well on second thought, I suspect either way it's interpreted is insulting.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) about 4 years ago

Joe, I'm sure your clients appreciate your advice or they wouldn't have asked you.  Good for them.

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) about 4 years ago

Joe good thing they asked you in time.  Transactions without Realtor representation are roller-coaster rides.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) about 4 years ago


In buying or selling a home . . . . using the services of a real estate professional is a smart idea.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) about 4 years ago

Working with professionals is always the best way to go!

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) about 4 years ago

This is very good reading for prospective home buyers. It costs no more to have a buyer agent who will protect your interests.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) about 4 years ago

You gave them excellent advice, Joe. It sounds like they will follow it, too. 

Posted by Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO (Cedaredge Land Company) about 4 years ago

If they found the home on their own, did they find you the same way Joe Petrowsky 

Posted by DEANNA EARLY - - ( NMLS # 268590 ), Highest Ranked Mortgage Loan Originator Virginia (American National Bank & Trust) about 4 years ago