You Sell Your Own Home?
Use a Realtor?
Selling a home is complex. Whether you are capable of handling this task on your
own, or whether you would be better off using a Realtor will largely depend on
your answers to the following questions.
Are you familiar enough with the changing real estate market to accurately
evaluate your home and market it at a price that will be attractive both to you
and prospective buyers?
Do you have sufficient knowledge of the many laws and regulations that affect
Do you have the skills to advertise and market your property effectively?
Do you know how much advertising costs and where to place it for the best exposure?
you a good negotiator? Will you be unnerved or offended by aggressive buyers looking
Do you know that all British Columbia real estate property purchasers must pay
a government Property Transfer Tax? Do you know how much?
Do you have the time to show your home to all prospects at any time of day,
evening or weekend? If you take a day or evening off, will you miss the one big
chance you have for a sale?
When the doorbell rings with a prospective buyer, will you be able to determine
if he/she is serious or is merely making frivolous enquiries? Furthermore, would
you be able to determine - and protect yourself - if the buyer is really a thief
or a con artist?
Can you qualify a prospective buyer's financial capability? Do you have the knowledge
and contacts necessary to help the buyer arrange mortgages?
After you've totalled all of your selling expenses, including non-monetary costs
such as time invested, invasion of privacy and other possible disruptions and
frustrations, ask yourself if you have truly saved money by selling your home
people feel they haven't the time, objectivity or skill to undertake the sale
of their home, so it's best to rely on a professional - your realtor. Only trained,
licensed real estate practitioners can call themselves Realtors. As members of
the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver, Realtors adhere to a strict code of
ethics and high a standard of business practice in representing your needs.
& Tips for Successfully Selling Your Home
Out What Your Home is Worth...
the market is constantly changing, get an up to date evaluation.
You Sell Your Home Yourself... the important questions you need
Steps to Selling Your Home... find
out the most important steps in planning the sale of your home.
Your House Right... determining your "asking price" is the most
important step in preparing your house for sale.
Does Assessed Value Relate to the Market Value of Your Home? ... find
out the difference between the two.
is the MLS... one of the most important tools used for selling
Your Home for Sale... selling your home faster and for a potentially
You Will See When Selling Your Home... understanding all of the
Costs... don't forget about closing costs when you are selling your home.