The popularity of FSBO seems to be increasing, with Zillow reporting a doubling of FSBO listings between 2012 and 2014 (up to 4%), ForSaleByOwner.com seeing 24% growth in 2013, and StreetEasy reporting NYC FSBO listings increasing by nearly 30% in that same period. According to a 2016 report by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) regarding home buyer and seller trends, Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends Report 2016, 8% of surveyed real estate transactions between July 2014 and June 2015 were FSBO. The record percentage of 20% of US real estate transactions (since tracking started in 1981) took place in 1987.
Some critics of the National Association of Realtors’ report believe those statistics may be misleading and suggest that the true size of the U.S. FSBO market is higher than these numbers lead you to believe because flat-fee MLS now makes up 10% of transactions. They argue that flat-fee MLS sellers are in substance FSBO sellers.