Should You Hire a Broker, or For-Sale-By-Owner?

809 7th St Anacortes, WA - (360) 941-3734

Selling a home is not a simple as sticking a sign in the yard and placing an ad on Craigslist. Many For Sale by Owner (FSBO) sellers don’t realize the amount of work, expertise and time it takes to sell a home. More often than not, FSBO sellers eventually turn to a real estate agent to sell their home.

Statistically, home owners who hire a real estate agent net more money for their home than they do when selling the home themselves.

When selling your own home, you are responsible for all the marketing costs for flyers, signs, online listings and other potentially unforeseen expenses. These costs can add up to hundreds of dollars depending on how much marketing you are willing to do.

Sellers often forget that selling their own home is time consuming – and as the saying goes, “time is money.” Selling your own home requires long hours of research and marketing efforts, not to mention hiring a professional to write a contract for you to avoid any liability.

Although it is possible, in our experience, sellers who want to save the sales commission rarely do so. Most home buyers use a real estate agent. The few who don’t are bargain hunter buyers seeking FSBO homes, expecting to save money. Buying for less is their main goal and this is typically reflected in low offers.

Opportunistic speculators and investors usually offer less for a FSBO home. Without an agent to represent the owner’s interests, sellers may end up accepting an offer below the value of their home.

Real estate professionals are knowledgeable about the local market and know the highest price a home is likely to bring. A real estate professional can advise the seller on the right price for their home to get the most money.

A real estate agent has experience, expertise and a large network of personal and professional contacts with other agents with the local area and beyond. Client, agent and agency relationships will boost the marketing of your home and expose it to the largest number of potential buyers.

In contract negotiations, a real estate agent not only is trained to negotiate with your best interest in mind, but is also in a better position than an emotionally involved seller. The result will be a more profitable contract for the seller.

Showing and marketing a home is a full time job and many FSBO sellers just don’t have the time. Are you really ready to put your life on hold for showings at all hours? Do you even know if the person interested is a “real” buyer? More importantly, will you be comfortable with showing your home to anyone who knocks on your door? If you answer “no,” you might want to reconsider selling your home without an agent. It will not only be time consuming and stressful but it can also lead to a potential dangerous situation.

Feel free to contact Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC. for a complimentary, no obligation, real estate market analysis of your home. We are the #1 seller of pre-owned properties in Skagit County and know the importance of getting you top dollar for your home!

We are available daily at (360) 941-3734 or via email at


Kenny Sides

Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC broker Kenneth Sides has received his e-PRO® certification from the National Association of REALTORS®. e-PRO® certified real estate brokers apply advanced technologies and social media marketing techniques to business plans to better assist clients by increasing reach and trust with clients.

Team Groesbeck proudly believes in continuing our education so we can assist our clients as best as possible with all of their real estate needs,” said Jean Groesbeck, Managing Broker of Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC, Licensed under Coldwell Banker Bain. “As members of the National Association of REALTORS®, we value the importance of its role in our industry and take pride in Kenneth and our team’s involvement within the organization.”

The National Association of REALTORS® provides a facility for professional development, research and exchange of information among its members and to the public and government for the purpose of preserving the free enterprise system and the right to own real property.

With more than 25 years in the real estate business, Sides has prior experience as a builder, developer and real estate investor. A specialized buyer’s broker, Sides provides individualized attention to each client to assist with their buying process and ensures each transaction is implemented seamlessly. Contact Kenny directly via email at or (360) 982-3400

Home of the Week: Farm-Style Living not far from the City

17711 McLean Rd Mount Vernon, WA 98273

The Front Porch of this Cute Farm-Style Home

There are so many wonderful things to say about this cozy and peaceful Mt. Vernon home! This great property is absolutely huge, sitting on approximately 1.3 acres of fertile land. With a barn in the huge backyard, mature fruit and nut trees plus blueberry bushes, this home is already on its way to becoming an amazing find— and that’s just the yard!

A sky view of this phenomenal property.

Inside, 17711 McLean Rd Mount Vernon, WA 98273 is equipped with an updated farm style kitchen along with an enormous pantry and ample storage space. The five-burner stove and stainless steel appliances give this 1956 home a modern feel. This house has four bedrooms and two baths plus a large den and a bonus room that could be used as an additional bedroom or office. The basement is partially finished and could easily be converted into another section of the house. The two car garage and covered porch are added bonuses to a property that already has so much to offer.

Get that country feel while living just minutes to I-5 and downtown Mount Vernon. This house is a must see! Don’t miss the opportunity to see this one of a kind home!

Just one of the spacious living areas in this Mount Vernon home.

Buying a home does not have to be an overwhelming experience. Team Jean Groesbeck can help you find your perfect home without the stress or hassle. Let us show you the difference that our 5 Star Real Estate Services can make in buying or selling a home.

Contact  us TODAY  if you would like a private showing of this acreage home in Mount Vernon WA or if you would like to see another wonderful home for sale in the Skagit County area. or 360-941-3734

809 7th Street Anacortes, WA - (360)941-3734