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#2668 - 04/26/06 07:26 AM Door knocking FSBO's
Ed Mehnert Offline
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Registered: 04/25/06
Posts: 28
Loc: Elmont
I am getting my FSBO's from the local paper, online paper listings, and anything I see when i am driving. I have used reverse lookup at anywho.com to try to find the addresses of the the owners that only list phone numbers, but my percentages are low. Any suggestions for getting more addresses?

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#2669 - 04/26/06 07:50 AM Re: Door knocking FSBO's
RisingREALTOR Offline
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Registered: 08/17/05
Posts: 704
Loc: Birmingham, Alabama
I noticed that you posted that you pick up FSBOs while you are driving, which I know to be effective, because I do it too. If you are trying to find addresses of absentee owners, the tactic that I use is to call the tax assessor's office and ask them for the address where the tax bill is being sent. This will usually give you the current mailing address of the absentee seller/owner. If, however, all you have is a phone number, I would simply call them and ask for some information about the house to get them talking, get their full name during the conversation, and THEN identify myself as a REALTOR. This helps to prevent the natural sales resistance that many FSBOs project for their own individual reasons. If you have their name, then you should be able to find their address, if you can't get it from them over the phone. However, you want to be considerate of their desire to not be bombarded with marketing materials, which is probably why they are only listing their phone numbers, and respect their wishes. This is where door knocking comes into play. I hope this helps, and Good Luck!
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George W. Jackson, IV
Associate Broker, SFR
Keller Williams Realty
"Providing A Higher Level of Professional Service"

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#2670 - 04/26/06 08:07 AM Re: Door knocking FSBO's
AZLender Offline
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Registered: 02/20/06
Posts: 495
Loc: Mesa, Arizona
I would suggest ringing the doorbell.....just a thought.

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#2671 - 04/26/06 08:22 AM Re: Door knocking FSBO's
RisingREALTOR Offline
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Registered: 08/17/05
Posts: 704
Loc: Birmingham, Alabama
AZ, reread the next to last sentence in my post and tell me what it says. I'll wait.
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George W. Jackson, IV
Associate Broker, SFR
Keller Williams Realty
"Providing A Higher Level of Professional Service"

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#2672 - 04/26/06 09:10 AM Re: Door knocking FSBO's
AZLender Offline
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Registered: 02/20/06
Posts: 495
Loc: Mesa, Arizona
However, you want to be considerate of their desire to not be bombarded with marketing materials, which is probably why they are only listing their phone numbers, and respect their wishes

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#2673 - 04/26/06 09:12 AM Re: Door knocking FSBO's
AZLender Offline
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Registered: 02/20/06
Posts: 495
Loc: Mesa, Arizona
I was just messin' with you! You know title says "Door Knocking"

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#2674 - 04/26/06 10:12 AM Re: Door knocking FSBO's
Tanya Offline
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Registered: 04/03/06
Posts: 304
Loc: Jacksonville, FL
1) If the phone #'s are NOT on the do not call list, then I would call them

2) I use anywho too but sometimes have better results w/ www.infospace.com

3) Why not subscribe to a daily FSBO list? Probably cheaper & more effective than driving around. Will save you some time too. I paid $9.99/mth for FSBO Hotsheet
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Tanya Watson/Owner
Sellstate Performance Realty, Jacksonville, FL

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#2675 - 04/26/06 11:11 AM Re: Door knocking FSBO's
Eric Rogers Offline
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Registered: 03/09/06
Posts: 157
Loc: Aurora, IL.
Quote:
Originally posted by Tanya:
1) If the phone #'s are on the do not call list, then I would call them
Is this a joke? If so, I don't get it.....
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Eric Rogers is a full-time real estate agent with Century 21 Pro-Team and specializes in Illinois real estate.

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#2676 - 04/26/06 11:53 AM Re: Door knocking FSBO's
Ohio RealtorŪ Offline
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Registered: 11/17/05
Posts: 369
Loc: Cincinnati
Quote:
Originally posted by Eric Rogers:
Quote:
Originally posted by Tanya:
[b] 1) If the phone #'s are on the do not call list, then I would call them
Is this a joke? If so, I don't get it..... [/b]
Has to be a joke I sure would not want to pay a 10,000 fine. eek
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My thoughts are opinions only and not to be confused with legal advise. www.Find1home.com

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#2677 - 04/26/06 12:17 PM Re: Door knocking FSBO's
azagent Offline
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Registered: 02/17/06
Posts: 14
Loc: az
I would either door-knock with something helpful like a "Safety Tips" list and then state I like to keep informed of everything for sale in the area and would they mind if I made an appointment to come back to look at the house the following day. No marketing materials, etc. Or just call and state the same. I feel you need to get into the home in order to start a "friendly" dialogue before you start bombarding with marketing materials. The title company I work with just made us a fantastic "goody bag" filled with FSBO material including a DVD which gives tips on selling on their own, but would probably scare the pants off anyone who would try to sell on their own. I'm dropping my first one off tomorrow evening, but at least I'm getting in the door.

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#2678 - 04/26/06 12:50 PM Re: Door knocking FSBO's
Tanya Offline
Moderator

Registered: 04/03/06
Posts: 304
Loc: Jacksonville, FL
OOPS!! My bad..sorry..typo.. You know what I mean
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Tanya Watson/Owner
Sellstate Performance Realty, Jacksonville, FL

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#2679 - 04/26/06 12:52 PM Re: Door knocking FSBO's
Tanya Offline
Moderator

Registered: 04/03/06
Posts: 304
Loc: Jacksonville, FL
Quote:
Originally posted by Ohio Realtor:
Quote:
Originally posted by Eric Rogers:
[b]
Quote:
Originally posted by Tanya:
[b] 1) If the phone #'s are on the do not call list, then I would call them
Is this a joke? If so, I don't get it..... [/b]
Has to be a joke I sure would not want to pay a 10,000 fine. eek [/b]
Fine is 11,000 smile
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Tanya Watson/Owner
Sellstate Performance Realty, Jacksonville, FL

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#2680 - 04/26/06 01:18 PM Re: Door knocking FSBO's
Paul Oaks Offline
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Registered: 06/23/04
Posts: 3370
Loc: Central Illinois
If not on Do Not Call then call them and get their name and address. Tell them you would like to preview their home to determine if their home suits any of the buyers you are working with. As them if they are willing to pay X% for bringing a buyer. Preview their home, asking how long they have had it for sale, offer your assistance as a buyers agent if they do not already have someone assisting them. Ask how many showings they have had and get as much information as you can. When done ask them if they are interested in a Market Data Report showing what properties are recently sold and currently available in their area. If they say yes arrange a 2nd visit to drop the report. If there is a required seller disclosure form then give them one. Then keep finding things to give them. The key is to be there when they decide they have had enough and want to list.
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Paul Oaks
Oaks Real Estate Group

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#2681 - 04/27/06 08:44 PM Re: Door knocking FSBO's
Wildwood, NJ Realtor Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 04/27/06
Posts: 4
Loc: Cape May County, NJ
I find most of my FSBO listing on the FSBO websites. Most of them give either a property adress which I look up in tax records to find a mailing adress or a phone number and a name that I use to so a reverse phone search so I can look them up in tax records. Then I send a letter (just facts not too salsey) and I get about 2 listings a month just for sending a few letters!

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#2682 - 04/28/06 06:27 AM Re: Door knocking FSBO's
DMF Offline
Member

Registered: 07/07/05
Posts: 10
Loc: Hamilton, ON
That's a great return... Would you be interested in sharing your letter?

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#2683 - 04/28/06 06:51 AM Re: Door knocking FSBO's
Tanya Offline
Moderator

Registered: 04/03/06
Posts: 304
Loc: Jacksonville, FL
I just messaged you too about sharing the letters. I would love to know what "Not too salsey" consists of smile
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Tanya Watson/Owner
Sellstate Performance Realty, Jacksonville, FL

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#2684 - 04/28/06 07:33 PM Re: Door knocking FSBO's
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In our area, there are discount realtors popping up all over the place, as well as websites, & companies opening regularly to assist the FSBO in selling their home themselves. It makes it really hard to list a FSBO. I've been door knocking, and just offering to do whatever I can to help them; make flyers, CMA's, etc. Some take advantage of those offers, but so far that's all that's happened...taken advantage. It's real frustrating to me. I haven't given up, and keep on knocking on the doors, and then follow up with calls and/or mailings, even go back to their door, and just check to see how things are going, and offer to assist them again. Still no listing. BUMMER!!

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#2685 - 04/28/06 08:28 PM Re: Door knocking FSBO's
Wildwood, NJ Realtor Offline
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Registered: 04/27/06
Posts: 4
Loc: Cape May County, NJ
I do my reverse phone searches on whitepages.com and have pretty good results. Also if you have the property address or the sellers name you can look thier info up in tax records. I have had better luck with FSBOS sending letters than door knocking or calling.

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#2686 - 04/29/06 01:03 PM Re: Door knocking FSBO's
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So, is there a particular format, or some special content, that you think is a good one for FSBO's?

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