Real estate: What’s the success rate of selling your own home without an agent – Oakland Press

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Q: I am the personal representative of my dad’s estate that is going through probate. I have a question about the seller’s disclosure statement. I lived in the house when I was a kid/teenager. I moved out when I turned 18, 40-plus years ago. I have never been on the title to the property. Do I still need to fill out a seller’s disclosure statement because I lived in the house?

A: Normally when a property is to be transferred (sold) because of an order by a probate court in the administration of an estate; the seller/executor/personal representative is exempt from filling out a seller’s disclosure statement except when they have lived in the property, as an adult, even if they had no ownership in it. As per the Michigan Association of Realtors legal counsel, an adult who has no ownership in the property and only lived in the home as a child/teenager or college student is exempt from filling out a seller’s disclosure statement. As always, consult an attorney when dealing with legal matters, especially an estate.

Q: We are going to be selling our home this year. My son-in-law says we should try selling it ourselves. I’m not comfortable doing that. Are there any statistics that show what the success rate is with for sale by owners?

A: That’s a good question. FSBOs (for sale by owner) sales accounted for 7% of home sales in 2023. The typical FSBO home sold for $310,000 compared to $405,000 for agent-assisted home sales, according to the National Association of Realtors. This sales price differential between for sale by owner and agent-assisted home sales has been going on for years. Sure, you can go in thinking that you will be saving a 5% to 6% negotiable commission, but on the other end, you are losing over 23% in sales price.

Market update

March’s market update for Macomb County and Oakland County’s housing market (house and condo sales) is as follows: In Macomb County, the average sales price was up by more than 6% and Oakland County’s average sales price was up by more than 5%. Macomb County’s on-market inventory was down by more than 30% and Oakland County’s on-market inventory was down by more than 28%. Macomb County’s average days on market was 33 days and Oakland County’s average days on market was 34 days. Closed sales in Macomb County were down by almost 26% and closed sales in Oakland County were down by almost 15%. The closed sales continue to be down as a direct result of the continued low inventory. Demand still remains high. (All comparisons are month to month, year to year.)

By the long-standing historical definition from the National Association of Realtors, which has been in existence since 1908, a buyer’s market is when there is a seven-month supply or more of inventory on the market. A balanced market between buyers and sellers is when there is a six-month supply of inventory. A seller’s market is when there is a five-month or less supply of inventory. Inventory has continued to stay low. In March, the state of Michigan inventory was at 1.6 months of supply. Both Macomb and Oakland county’s inventories were at 1.2 months. As you can see, by definition, it is not a buyer’s market.

Steve Meyers is a real estate agent/Realtor at RE/MAX First in Shelby Twp. and is a member of the RE/MAX Hall of Fame. He can be contacted with questions at 586-997-5480 or [email protected] You also can visit his website:

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