9 Step Guide to FSBO
If you’re trying to decide whether to sell your home FSBO or work with a real estate agent, there are a few things you need to know.
Bob's Clients Love Him Because He Gets Results.
Bob is a professional through and through. He provided informational steps needed to get our home ready to be on the market and how to best present its features. He provided a free staging professional, which was helpful. On the weekend the listing went live more that 100+ people previewed our home and we received 5 offers over the listed price. Needless to say, we are pleased with his service, knowledge of real estate matters and general friendliness.
My wife and I have bought and sold more than our share of homes over the years and this was by far the smoothest process ever. Bob made all the steps easy to understand and most importantly, did exactly what he said he would do every step of the way! Add to that, a record sales price for our community and he saved us money on the transaction. I am not sure how it gets better. Thanks Bob!
Bob arrived at our initial meeting with a notebook he had prepared before even meeting us with personalized information we would need for the sale of our home. Other services he provided were staging, pre-inspection and beautiful photos and video of our home and property. Throughout the process he was professional, highly knowledgable and responsive immediately to phone calls & emails. We Very Highly Recommend Bob for a positive selling experience that runs as smoothly as possible!
We chose Bob to represent us after he showed us all he had to offer. His services included a walk through with an accomplished stager, professional photos and videography and discounts for moving and storage. He also offered to help us find temporary residence while we built our new house. Our on-line listing was outstanding and all the photos and video were easy to view without having to create an account or sign in like other listing agencies require. Bob has both outstanding local knowledge and also international contacts. Above and beyond, Bob drove over to our house to rescue us when we were accidently locked out of our house after a showing! All of our calls were either answered immediately or returned within minutes. We made the best choice when we chose Bob.
Bob was excellent to work with. He got my house sold in two days for over the asking price. I was amazed! At first I thought his listing price was too high but I went with Bob's experience and am sure glad I did. Put Bob in your corner...he's the best!
I was a seller of an Estate property and I lived out of state. I chose Bob because of his mastery with the local market, which was unfamiliar to me. He had so many listings recently that I knew he would be great with the fast-moving local price trends and what eager buyers wanted in a Samammish home. He set up electronic internet signings which were a big convenience. Bob had great suggestions on local fix-up contractors, who performed exceptionally well. He also had spot-on suggestions on what needed work and what I could leave as-is to save money. Bob was always easy to contact and get answers to all the snags in selling any property. His hand-picked Escrow team were amazing with my 30 day Escrow. Bob got me an offer $26,000 over list price, and NO contingencies, not even an inspection. I was very pleased with the entire experience!Bob was excellent to work with. He got my house sold in two days for over the asking price. I was amazed! At first I thought his listing price was too high but I went with Bob's experience and am sure glad I did. Put Bob in your corner...he's the best!
We used Bob Papke for the recent sale of our home in Sammamish. Bob front-loaded the home inspection so that potential buyers were confident in its condition before they toured the home. Bob brought a professional stager to maximize interior appeal. Bob provided a focused marketing plan that reached out to domestic and international buyers. Bob held a highly successful open house. The home sold for 8.1% more than the asking price—proof positive of his excellent negotiation skills. All these services were provided with very competitive commission rates. Thanks Bob for a great job.
We put the sale of our home in Bob's hands and in less than 48 hours we accepted an offer $15K over listing price! Plus, after the sale, Bob's team made it smooth sailing every step of the way! Thanks so much Bob and Team!
Our dealings with Bob went smoothly and very professionally. He is very knowledgeable about the real estate market. The best review I can give for him is "we would use him again"!
Bob did a great job for us. We talked about selling strategy, and he was able to get us a full price offer with no contingencies within 48 hours of listing.
I had spoken to another local agent who was very discouraging and rather rude about how they thought I wouldn't be able to sell and buy a new home in the Sammamish area. I decided to talk to Bob before giving up on the idea. He gave me an honest opinion of what I should do with my home in Bothell and what he thought we could get in his local market. Everything he said about the local market was spot on. We listened to Bob and did what he recommended. We got more than we ever thought we would for our home. We paid off all our debt and still had enough to buy a great home that was bigger, nicer, and on more property than we ever thought we could get. Without Bob I'm not sure we would be in such a great financial state as we are now. Thanks Bob!
Bob not only gave me great advice about preparing my home for sale, but also recommended a pre-inspection, which identified several small problems that were easily corrected. He clearly explained the selling process to me so that I understood what to expect and when. Together we prepared the listing description so that I was confident that it was factual and discussed the comps/pricing. With Bob's experience and guidance the house sold the first weekend that it was on the market.
Bob Papke is hands down a five-star performer His lengthy real estate experience backs his spot on market predictions in which helped me get the most money from my property sale. Bob is very good at what he does. Listen to his suggestions and you will prosper just like I did! Thank you Bob!
Great experience with Bob and team! He did a great job communicating throughout the process. Through his network and marketing we got tons of traffic to the house. I would recommend him to anyone looking to buy or sell in the area.
Bob knows the market better than anybody. He was responsive to all our needs and took excellent care of us. Most importantly he is an excellent person who truly cares about the happiness of his clients. I would never work with anyone else.
I have moved MANY times over the past 45 years. Bob Papke is the best realtor I have ever worked with. He is not just knowledgeable; he is polite, personable and professional. Bob handled the listing for the sale of my home in Sammamish. He was wonderfully responsive and thoroughly professional. Great advice from Bob in preparing my home for sale! It made the process go smoothly!
We have used Bob for multiple transactions over the years. Earlier this year we called upon Bob to help us sell our house in Sammamish, Bob spend a good amount of time explaining the process to us and helping us come up with a plan as well as a listing price. 5 days later we happily reviewed 9 offers and sold to an all cash no contingency offer. The process was very smooth and we are beyond happy. Thanks Bob
Bob was absolutely great to work with from beginning to end. His communications were timely, and his information was always "right on the money." He thoroughly explained the sales process and was always available for questions. He has many resources available, and freely shares. In fact, he provided a few hours of a staff member to help me ready the house for photos as I just flat ran out of time. Bottom line, because of Bob's knowledge, enthusiasm and skill, I sold the house in a much shorter time frame than I thought reasonably possible at a price well above listing price (which I thought was already too high!) You get what you pay for, and Bob sure did not disappoint. Thanks, Bob!
I highly recommend Bob Papke as an agent. It was clear upon meeting with him that he had the experience to carry us through the process of selling our house. Several times he counseled us on pricing matters and legalities and his advice proved correct each time. I'd gladly work with him again!
Bob did a fantastic job in both selling our home and finding us a new home. We found him very responsive and he was very good at presenting our home on the market.
Bob is simply the best in real estate to work. I had the pleasure of not only working with Bob to buy a house, but also sell my last house. He's articulate, honest, and knows the Seattle metro area like no one else. But most importantly, he's not going to steer you in the wrong direction. He won't throw listings at you just to get the sale. With Bob, it's about building and perfecting the relationship. Period.
My husband and I felt very confident in Mr. Papke's skill, knowledge, and his efforts to keep us informed through the whole process of getting our home ready for sale, his marketing of our home, and the selling process. I would highly recommend his as a realtor and as a thoughtful and respectful person to work with.
Bob was GREAT to work with. He has an extensive network of contacts in the area to assist sellers prepare for sale. He was prompt in responding to my emails and phone calls, and he was patient answering all of my questions. He is knowledgeable about the area and current trends in the industry, and he negotiated a good sale contract for me. I would highly recommend him. Thank you Bob!
The sale of my house in Sammamish was both seamless and enjoyable with Bob expertly putting forth his years of experience. Not only was he intuitive to the market, but immediately responsive to every need. We agreed on a strategy together with a few needed changes, then set up a convenient time for an Open House. Within a week, a solid offer was in place. The closing was nearly effortless and Bob's office and staff was right on time with all paperwork and signing. I would bring his services into play without hesitation for any real estate transaction in the future. In my opinion, he is the Only agent to call if you want professionalism in the business.
We hired Bob to list our home as well as find us a new home in the Sahalee neighborhood. We had reviewed several realtors but found Bob to be the most organized, honest and professional realtor. In very short order he marketed or home and had an offer and close date within a week. From there he helped us move into our new home in Sahalee. The experience with Bob was professional and fun. We highly recommend Bob - he gets the job done!
Bob provided great advice and was terrific at negotiating with difficult sellers. He communicated well and was available when I needed him. His team was also available as needed. He came up with a wonderful strategy to sell my home and helped me purchase the home we desired. He has earned a client for life!
Bob recently sold our house. He's a total pro! Bob is the best "selling" realtor we've ever had - and we've moved many times over the years. He knows the area very well and our house was WELL marketed. I highly recommend Bob. He did the job and he works hard. We were very pleased.
Bob's experience is invaluable! We had a difficult situation with another realtor, and Bob very carefully and tastefully handled things on our behalf and made the whole process seamless for us. We will always trust Bob with our real estate needs moving forward!
Bob knows the Eastside neighborhood! He does his homework and impressed us with everything we needed to know about the transaction process! He gave us great contacts to polish off what needed to be done to make our home stand out and took care of all of the details. He was always very quick to respond to our many questions and problems and made the entire process seamless! What a great experience!
Bob was the listing agent when we sold our house in Sammamish, WA. He helped with staging the home and providing the name of a handyman to assist is preparing home prior to listing. Once listed Bob kept us up to date with comments made by people that the toured house.
Because my husband and I had been in our Sammamish home for over 30 years, we felt it was important to find a realtor with strong local experience. Bob Papke exceeded our expectations. He and his staff made solid suggestions to help us get the house ready to show. Bob was always courteous and prompt in answering any questions that we had. The "icing on the cake" was that our home sold in one day for the full asking price. We couldn't have asked for more!
The last house I sold, I gave a realtor the listing and never saw them again. This time I interviewed several agents and picked Bob. He was with us every step of the way and kept us informed always in the progress of selling our home. We are very satisfied with his efforts.
Bob did a great job for us in the sale of a relative's home. He is very professional & personable & always there for us when we needed help or advice. We would definitely recommend him to others & for ourselves in the future.
Bob was the perfect agent. He kept us fully 'in the loop'. He priced the home right and we got multiple offers with in the first week. We ended up with a sales price above the listed price. We couldn't have asked for more.
We first contacted Bob when we were thinking of selling our Sammamish home. He provided comparable information and recommended an asking price. Later we decided to postpone our sale and complete several recommended upgrades. Bob updated us on comparable sales and listings and recommended an increased asking price. His team held several open houses, giving us feedback from those who toured. Upon receipt of a near acceptable offer, we talked and he advised us to counter-offer which purchaser accepted. To our surprise, the Purchaser’s later requested that their offer be terminated and upon Bob's recommendation we terminated and put our home back on the market. Subsequently we received a full price offer and closed. Bob's advice and counsel throughout the process was accurate and timely; giving us comfort to make the decisions required during the sale process. Similarly, his counsel during the closing phase of the transaction was "spot on". He knows the market, keeps his clients informed and was very responsive all our requests. I highly recommend him and will use him again if we ever desire to purchase or sell a home in the Sammamish area.
Our house had been on the market for about six months with another company without one offer. We turned it over to Bob and had the house sold in about one month. There were a couple of issues with the house that he was able to handle quickly. He kept us updated and was available whenever we called. Selling your home can be very stressful and Bob was cool, calm and professional throughout the process. We would highly recommend him.
We contacted Bob in the fall for a market analysis of our home. He was always on time for appointments or phone calls. His market estimate was on target and his prepared documents for the meeting were impressive and supported his opinions of our home. For home repairs he had contractor referrals, each we called did excellent work, and suggested what should (or should not) be done prior to listing. At time of listing we had moved out of state and Bob kept us informed and called with updates. His knowledge, expertise, pleasant personality and follow through made the sale an easy process for us. Signing documents remotely was easy with his helpful advice. Our home was on the market and an OFFER/SALE was in less than eight hours. Thank you Bob!!!
I highly recommend Bob Papke to all the buyers and sellers out there. Bob helped me sell my condo in Redmond. He is extremely professional from his initial presentation on how he was going to sell my condo, to collecting information and creating all necessary marketing materials, to working with buyer agents. He was always there for me ... answering calls or emails. Bob is a terrific realtor! He will take away all the stress of selling your home or buying a new home ... and put your mind at ease.
Bob was instrumental in offering his services on our family's residential transition. His knowledge of the market and superior customer service are second to none. Regardless of the situation, he puts the client first and foremost as his primary concern. HIGHLY recommended!
Bob helped us when we needed to sell our house to relocate. We only had a little over a week to stage and photograph our home so we could sell asap. He gave us the name of a handyman that fixed our gate beautifully and for a reasonable price! He also had an excellent photographer who really showcased our house and made it look its best. All of his quick work was professional and led to us getting our asking price for the house. I was very impressed by his calm and professional demeanor which really helped us stay confident during the stress of our move. From the beginning with his professional portfolio with comparable homes from our area to the extra communication when the buyers when technical issues arrived, he was always available. What more can you ask for from an agent. He was great!
He was our agent selling our house, first time he came over he helped us understanding the market, gave great referrals to update our house, and held our hand through the process. He always returned our e-mails and phone calls right away, addressing our concerns. Thanks to him our house was priced just right and sold for full asking price. He made the closing procedure easy for us. We are highly recommending him. We also asked him to find our new home for us.
Bob has been a pleasure to work with as a real estate agent because he genuinely cares about the client and not just about the commission. I've done over 3 deals with Bob in the past 4 years and each deal has gone smoothly. He picks up the phone when you call and he responds back to text messages and emails within a timely manner. My wife and I would highly recommend Bob as an agent to use!
Bob provided great insight when listing our home. We priced it right that we got a sale at the price we wanted. Using Bob on the purchase was just as great. He provided detailed information about the homes we were looking at. He made sure his schedule was very accommodating to our schedule for showing. Extremely pleased with Bob and his team.
Rarely have we had a good experience in selling our home. Our move involved a relocation company, and Bob could not have been more patient, positive, and attentive to our needs. I would highly recommend him to friends and neighbors.
We chose Bob from a select number of agents that we had whittled down from several who had contacted us from our FSBO ad. We couldn't have made a better choice. Bob's tenacity and determination to help us get our house sold after a previous sale had fallen through, and we had moved out of town, paying rent plus our old mortgage payment, came at the right time. It was obvious to us that Bob has the expertise to get the job done. He's also great at hand-holding and encouraging his clients during difficult situations. Thanks, Bob, for a job well done!
We used Bob as a selling agent on a Downtown Seattle High Rise Condo and buying agent on a Mercer Island house. Both transactions were excellent in every way. Bob is very knowledgeable, researches thoroughly, presents data and information comprehensively, is a trustworthy advisor and intelligent negotiator. He is also incredibly responsive via phone, email and in person. We can recommend him without reservation.
Bob was very helpful in the sale of our north Seattle home. He worked relentlessly, was extremely honest, over communicated and overall was instrumental in the sale of the home. His assessment of the current market trends and his ability to navigate with the right buyer was masterful. We will be using Bob to find us our next home in the Northwest when we make the move and I would recommend him to anyone looking to purchase or sell a home.
Bob was able to guide us through the entire process very easily, we had not bought and sold a home in over 15 years and much had changed. Our house sold the day of the open house for asking price! Bob always had the time to answer my many questions and make sure I was comfortable with the process. Working with Bob would be the beat decision you could make.
Bob also helped me sell a couple of properties and was very patient with us every step of the way. I've recommended Bob to everyone I know looking for a house. He has a great amount of experience and is very good at working with buyers and sellers.
Bob did an excellent job helping us sell our Sammamish home. The agent for the buyers was difficult to deal with but Bob persisted and got the sale closed. I would highly recommend Bob Papke to help anyone sell their house.
We have moved a number of times ( internationally, across country and locally ) and this was the most stress free move we have had. Thank you Bob.
Bob Papke proved to be a friendly, knowledgeable and hard-working asset in our efforts to sell our house. Bob helped us with all phases of the selling process; planning, pricing, staging, negotiating and closing. He was always available and responsive. When problems arose, he was there: after we reached a signed agreement, our buyer threatened to back out if we did not change the terms. Bob worked closely with the buyer’s agent to overcome the problem and get us to closing.
We had interviewed five different realtors to find the most capable. It’s clear to us that we made the right choice.
Bob did an excellent job for me, and I would absolutely recommend him to family and friends. He was always there for me no matter what it was that I needed through the entire process. During the time that my house was on the market my father who lives in Oregon had a stroke, and Bob's knowledge and use of technology made it possible for me to be in Oregon with my father and still review and sign documents on my smart phone. That was a god send for me! Bob is very smart and dedicated and clearly knows the business, but more than that he is just a decent, down to earth, all around good guy.
Bob did a great job! I was all the way across the country and Bob not only managed to sell the while I was away, but also managed the lawn care and general maintenance. Within a few short weeks of getting the listing we were able to close with a buyer.
Bob's a great guy to work with. He's so knowledgable about the area and the processes. He didn't "nit pic" at us for little things but offered good suggestions. He never insulted us but was realistic about our property. He even worked with a difficult buyer who wanted more service than anyone should want. Fortunately we got another offer and we were able to take it. Process was very smooth.
Even though we moved out of the area, he helped us with situations we were moving to. We have another home in the area and will call Bob when we're ready to sell or take his advise when the right time to sell comes up.
Bob Papke is a solid professional. On first impression he was head and shoulders above the other realtors I interviewed, which is why I could select him without hesitation. Over time he confirmed my early impressions all the way through the successful sale of the home. Bob was knowledgeable, conscientious, and decisive. He managed a challenging set of circumstances for me; he coordinated the work of others; and he kept me well-informed by phone or email despite the distance between us. I felt as if I mostly just needed to stay out of Bob's way, follow his sound advice, and let him do his job. He did it well, and got an excellent result. I recommend him warmly. In my experience with Bob Papke, I found him not just crisp, competent, and effective, but straightforward, trustworthy, and a pleasure to work with. He goes the extra mile and gets it done.
We found Bob after an unsuccessful attempt selling our home. WOW...what a difference. Bob was all over it. He gave us some of the best advice, was honest, hardworking, had our best interest in mind, listened, and negotiated well. We listed and sold our house in 3 days!!! He then worked very hard to pursue a house we wanted to purchase. It's been three years since we moved into our new home and Bob has remained in contact, providing us with valuable real estate updates, community involvement, and even local business discounts. I wish we could do business more often with Bob...but I guess we can settle for just being good friends until we need his services again. until then, I can honestly not recommend a better person to assist you with your Real Estate needs...
We were very pleased with the way Bob listed and sold our home from start to finish. He is very conscientious, covers all bases and understands the market better than anyone in the area. He understood our needs and professionally guided us through the entire process and most importantly got the job done. He's a great guy to work with!
Organized, timely and thoughtful. Offered suggestions on how to best market the home and followed through! His knowledge of the local (Sammamish) market was a major feature in our selection of his firm. We would highly recommend retaining Bob Papke for your real estate work!
In my 60+ years of listing, buying and selling homes, I have never worked with an agent that works as hard and is as thorough as Bob. He works with determination for his customer whether it is buying or selling the home. My son and I have been on both ends, buying and selling, and Bob has gone above and beyond to help in all areas of the real estate process. I would and have recommended Bob to friends and relatives needing someone with his expertise.
Bob helped us sell a home and buy another. His knowledge of the process was outstanding. He was thorough and helped us navigate issues during the negotiations. Bob was extremely helpful and easy to work with without being "pushy". While we do not plan to move soon, we will definitely use him again if the need arises.
Bob has helped me sell two houses and buy one. He does a great job marketing the house and pricing it right. I will use Bob for my next purchase as well.
With only 2 weeks to list our house because of a job transfer we were pressed to find a realator. Bob was highly recommended to us from a previous client and personal friend. From their referral we contracted Bob to list our house. We were glad we did. He used all media avenues to list our house and followed up with buyers remarks in helping us show and successfully sell our house. He had more than one brokers open and consistently hosted open houses. From an open we obtained our buyer. We appreciated his expertise and personal assistance in a troubled housing market. We would recommend using that experience in marketing your home.
When we listed our home, we chose Bob Papke for his knowledge of the Eastside and his great record of sales. Bob came to our first meeting with knowledge of the area, consisting of the current sales/pending prices/sales per square foot and a large network of contacts. We moved on Tuesday, had the house ready for pictures on the Thursday of that week and went live on the internet on Saturday morning. The first open house was packed on that Sunday with an offer that night, followed by a broker's open on Tuesday, where we found our buyer. In nine days we had sold our house. Bob has many contacts if you need something repaired in your house before listing and a contact list of other brokers to get your house in front of a lot of buyers. We recommend Bob to anyone wanting to move their price in this declining market for selling homes. Bob Papke is a professional - he knows the market.
We got to know Bob over few real estate transactions. First experience was the sale of our old house, he worked with us to get the house ready, hired a professional stager, bought brand new furniture, and hired professional photographer - in a dead real estate market he sold our house in 2 days! We was our agent in the purchase of our home a short sale one and we used his service to purchase another property for our parent that happen to be a foreclosure one. He provided us with an impressive service, knowledge and professionalism. I cannot name a better agent and will definitely recommend him to anyone who is looking for a top-notch agent to sell their home or purchase one.
Bob was our agent for selling our previous home in Sammamish and buying our new home in North Bend. We had never met Bob until we decided to sell and needed an agent. Two weeks after our initial meeting with him, our house was on the market. During that two-week timeframe, Bob gave us invaluable suggestions on prepping our house in order to get the best possible price. He is honest, trustworthy, and absolutely does what he says he will do. This guy knows his stuff! He is tops in negotiating and will get the best possible terms for his clients. When it came time to buy our new home, Bob was totally organized, had set up appointments so as to best utilize our time, and had done his homework on each home prior to our viewing. We were so amazed at how smoothly the process went for both the sale and purchase. Without hesitation, we would have Bob Papke as our agent for any future real estate transactions.
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