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Going It Alone?

You can go on the internet and find many helpful articles on selling your home including everything from listing to advertising, to negotiating, dealing with contracts, handling paperwork and the legalities of a real estate transaction.  It's tempting to try to be your own Realtor.  A person can find a lot of information on the internet for various disciplines including veterinary medicine and how to de-nature poisonous fish prior to eating, but it doesn't mean you should do any of it.

You need to weigh the pros and cons of being your own agent.  Yes the potential to save a little money is there, but you may not save as much as you think.  This venture can cost you time, stress, and dollars.  In fact, according to the Canadian Real Estate Association, there are over 145 steps to completing the average real estate transaction.  Many of these steps are complex and require a lot of training, knowledge, skill and experience to do them well.  Doing your own marketing, showings, dealing with offers and contracts, not to mention other agents and transactional paperwork can be very stressful. 

Before you decide to go it alone, talk to a good Realtor that specializes in what you want to do so you can make an informed decision.  Thanks for reading!

By Patrick Murray