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Napa For Sale by Owner Signs may be an Endangered Species

9-4-fsboThey may be getting rarer, but you still see some Napa “For Sale by Owner” signs from time to time. Sometimes they signify an owner who, truth be told, simply doesn’t mind letting it be known that he or she isn’t in much of a hurry to sell the place. This can be true if it’s an extraordinary example of its architectural style, or beautifully landscaped and maintained, or in other ways, from curb to chimney-top, obviously a prime piece of local property. This is a For Sale by Owner anomaly though; you don’t see many of them.

A far greater number of them (‘FSBOs,’ for short) are average, run-of-the-mill homes—or even clearly neglected ones (in the latter case, the For Sale by Owner designation invites passersby to assume the sign really means “Fire Sale!!!”).

But for the everyday-looking Napa For Sale by Owner properties, that sign out front has to make you wonder. Currently, 88% of homes are sold through a real estate agent or broker—a percentage that’s been steadily rising for more than a decade. What would impel the owner to take a route that the vast majority of sellers avoid?

There’s often a history behind the sign: a major experience that prompted the go-it-alone venture. That story usually falls into one of two general categories—and they’re polar opposites!

HAPPY STORY!

This camp had a pleasure cruise the last time they sold their home. Their agent put together a listing, and BANG! That was it! Showings by the end of the week, and SOLD in days! For the full asking price! A dream closing with no unexpected details, gifts to and from the excited buyers, and nice notes still exchanged at the holidays…

The Happy Story takeaway: selling a house is so simple, why in the world would you gift a commission to a third party? It’s so easy, why not save thousands of dollars? Up goes the ‘For Sale by Owner’ sign…

UNHAPPY STORY!

These folks found themselves all but victimized by a previous home sale. Everything went haywire from the get-go. They may have started on the wrong foot, assuming that every licensed agent is equally qualified and offers the same level of service. From there, it was all downhill. Bad communication, missed appointments, showings to loud-mouthed prospects who made it clear they were not about to pay anything like that asking price. Maybe a change of agents, but the eventual sale, after those lengthy missteps (and perhaps a technical hitch or two at closing) resulted in a disappointing sale price.

The Unhappy Story takeaway: I bet I can do this better, myself! Up goes the Napa For Sale by Owner sign…

The current national statistics seem to indicate that the FSBO sign itself is a lot more likely to engender an Unhappy Story result. A typical For Sale by Owner home, if it sold at all, yielded just 80% of what agent-assisted sales brought. Not to mention the hassle of foregoing all the technical and marketing help a good agent brings. The first key to your own Happy Story is to find the right agent—one with a history of Happy Story endings.

This takeaway: call me!


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  1. Photo of 667 Stoneman Court, Benicia, CA 94510 (MLS # 21813491)
    41
    5 beds,  4 full, 1 half baths
    4,380 sqft   lot 10,433 sqft
    Listing provided by Marcus Hartinger, Coldwell Banker Solano Pacific
    MLS 21813491
  2. Photo of 7956 Oman Road, Redwood Valley, CA 95470 (MLS # 21813495)
    35
    4 beds,  3 full baths
    3,200 sqft   lot 1.02 ac
    Walk Score® 0
    Listing provided by David Ryan, Windermere Platinum Real Estate Services
    MLS 21813495
  3. Photo of 101 Gold Hill Way, Vallejo, CA 94589 (MLS # 21811375)
    12
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,144 sqft   lot 8,276 sqft
    Walk Score® 17
    Listing provided by Tezra Rogers, Pacific Bay Estates
    MLS 21811375
  4. Photo of Fairfield, CA 94533 (MLS # 21813490)
    11
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,128 sqft   lot 6,969 sqft
    Walk Score® 43
    Listing provided by Joshua Anello, Coldwell Banker Kappel Gateway Realty
    MLS 21813490
  5. Photo of 1693 Belvedere Way, Wheatland, CA 95961 (MLS # 21813492)
    9
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    2,045 sqft   lot 8,276 sqft
    Walk Score® 5
    Listing provided by Angelica Smith, Amplify
    MLS 21813492
  6. Photo of 631 Grandberg Court, Santa Rosa, CA 95407 (MLS # 21813465)
    32
    1 bed,  1 full bath
    570 sqft   lot 11,700 sqft
    Walk Score® 59
    Listing provided by Arlee Geary, Century 21 Alliance
    MLS 21813465
  7. Photo of 1315 Sanderling Island, Point Richmond, CA 94801 (MLS # 21801252)
    24
    2 beds,  2 full baths
    1,855 sqft   lot 5,519 sqft
    Walk Score® 15
    Listing provided by Susan Koide, Bradley Real Estate-San Rafael
    MLS 21801252
  8. Photo of 845 Griffith Drive, Dixon, CA 95620 (MLS # 21812984)
    49
    3 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    2,678 sqft   lot 8,211 sqft
    Walk Score® 19
    Listing provided by Sheilah Tucker, Coldwell Banker Kappel Gateway Realty
    MLS 21812984
  9. Photo of 600 Lawndale Road, Kenwood, CA 95452 (MLS # 21813393)
    46
    5 beds,  5 full, 1 half baths
    7,500 sqft   lot 5.00 ac
    Walk Score® 3
    Listing provided by Randall Waller, W Real Estate
    MLS 21813393
  10. 3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,103 sqft   lot 6,469 sqft
    Walk Score® 51
    Listing provided by Rebekka Johnston, W Real Estate
    MLS 21812239
  11. Photo of 1812 Larkin Way, Sacramento, CA 95818 (MLS # 21813484)
    16
    2 beds,  1 full bath
    936 sqft   lot 3,920 sqft
    Walk Score® 74
    Listing provided by Mark Mazotti, Purplebricks Realty, Inc.
    MLS 21813484
  12. Photo of 582 Summerset Drive, Rio Vista, CA 94571 (MLS # 21812966)
    9
    3 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    2,065 sqft   lot 6,499 sqft
    Walk Score® 0
    Listing provided by Naomi Walker, Richards Real Estate
    MLS 21812966
  13. Photo of 1040 Rimrock Drive, Napa, CA 94558 (MLS # 21813455)
    36
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    2,232 sqft   lot 9,605 sqft
    Walk Score® 6
    Listing provided by Sangeeta Kishnani, BHHS Drysdale Properties
    MLS 21813455
  14. Photo of 4190 Sun Drive, Lakeport, CA 95453 (MLS # 21813482)
    43
    4 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    2,678 sqft   lot 3.42 ac
    Walk Score® 1
    Listing provided by Elizabeth Davis, Coldwell Banker T&C Properties
    MLS 21813482
  15. Photo of 2693 Bradford Way, West Sacramento, CA 95691 (MLS # 21813483)
    19
    2 beds,  1 full, 1 half baths
    1,147 sqft   lot 3,311 sqft
    Walk Score® 23
    Listing provided by Mark Mazotti, Purplebricks Realty, Inc.
    MLS 21813483
  16. Photo of 1711 Autumn Meadow Drive, Fairfield, CA 94534 (MLS # 21813481)
    19
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,462 sqft   lot 4,604 sqft
    Walk Score® 9
    Listing provided by Jimmy Castro, RE/MAX Gold Elite
    MLS 21813481
  17. Photo of 908 Diamante Drive, Rio Vista, CA 94571 (MLS # 21813479)
    19
    2 beds,  2 full baths
    1,439 sqft   lot 4,273 sqft
    Walk Score® 0
    Listing provided by Andria Haisley, Shafer Real Estate
    MLS 21813479
  18. Photo of 8380 Peninsula Drive, Kelseyville, CA 95451 (MLS # 21813457)
    36
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    2,737 sqft   lot 41,382 sqft
    Walk Score® 0
    Listing provided by Elizabeth Davis, Coldwell Banker T&C Properties
    MLS 21813457
  19. Photo of 29 Forest Drive, Napa, CA 94558 (MLS # 21805210)
    44
    4 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    4,282 sqft   lot 6.00 ac
    Walk Score® 3
    Listing provided by Elizabeth Olcott, Keller Williams Napa Valley
    MLS 21805210
  20. Photo of 1013 Shire Court, Fairfield, CA 94533 (MLS # 21813222)
    49
    5 beds,  3 full baths
    2,603 sqft   lot 28,157 sqft
    Walk Score® 13
    Listing provided by Loy Jackson, Coldwell Banker Kappel Gateway Realty
    MLS 21813222
  21. Photo of 6441 Meadow Creek Lane, Santa Rosa, CA 95409 (MLS # 21812355)
    26
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,686 sqft   lot 8,712 sqft
    Walk Score® 19
    Listing provided by Nancy Devoto, McBride Realty
    MLS 21812355
  22. Photo of 28463 El Camino, Winters, CA 95694 (MLS # 21813179)
    37
    3 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    2,018 sqft   lot 7.46 ac
    Walk Score® 0
    Listing provided by William Keller, Coldwell Banker B of V-Napa
    MLS 21813179
  23. Photo of 3211 Broken Twig Lane, Santa Rosa, CA 95404 (MLS # 21813006)
    35
    2 beds,  2 full baths
    1,984 sqft   lot 9,583 sqft
    Walk Score® 8
    Listing provided by Allison Pharis, Vanguard Properties
    MLS 21813006
  24. Photo of 1 Willow Lane, Sausalito, CA 94965 (MLS # 21811478)
    22
    2 beds,  2 full baths
    1,622 sqft   lot 1,054 sqft
    Walk Score® 75
    Listing provided by Susan Churchill, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21811478
  25. Photo of 503 Pixie Trail, Mill Valley, CA 94941 (MLS # 21813470)
    25
    Open House
    3 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    2,225 sqft   lot 10,390 sqft
    Walk Score® 21
    Listing provided by Rick Stern, Zephyr Real Estate
    MLS 21813470
  26. 4 beds,  3 full baths
    2,437 sqft   lot 7,510 sqft
    Walk Score® 27
    Listing provided by Raina Duran, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21813474
  27. 4 beds,  3 full baths
    2,036 sqft   lot 6,660 sqft
    Walk Score® 27
    Listing provided by Raina Duran, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21813478
  28. Photo of 1300 Niestrath Road, Cazadero, CA 95421 (MLS # 21813406)
    30
    1 bed,  1 full, 1 half baths
    1,152 sqft   lot 40.00 ac
    Walk Score® 0
    Listing provided by Helena Gustavsson Giesea, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Sonoma County Properties
    MLS 21813406
  29. Photo of 1670 E Street, Napa, CA 94559 (MLS # 21813477)
    15
    Open House
    2 beds,  1 full bath
    1,950 sqft   lot 8,276 sqft
    Walk Score® 67
    Listing provided by David Hidalgo, Century 21 M & M Assoc
    MLS 21813477
  30. Photo of 1431 Minnesota Street, Fairfield, CA 94533 (MLS # 21812532)
    37
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,216 sqft   lot 5,227 sqft
    Walk Score® 73
    Listing provided by Rose Marie Rice-Deadrich, Coldwell Banker Kappel Gateway Realty
    MLS 21812532
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