Why use a Realtor when I can do it myself?

ByTanya Park

Why use a Realtor when I can do it myself?

There are reasons why most people don’t cut their own hair or do their own dental work.  Firstly, we may not possess the right skills or experience to finish the job let alone achieving the best outcomes.  Secondly, it’s a lot easier and less stressful when someone who knows what they’re doing helps us out.

Real Estate is the largest purchase most people will ever make, and selling your biggest investment should be done by someone who can achieve the results you deserve.


The key things to consider when deciding between selling it yourself or using a Realtor.


How do you react when the stakes are high?

Negotiating with a prospective buyer can be a nerve-wracking experience which has no room for emotion.  Negotiations flow best when there is an air of professionalism and courtesy- this, after all, is a business transaction.

Some of your most cherished memories have been created within the structure that you call home.  When selling your property you must remember that prospective buyers see your house as the place where strangers lived before they move in.  Negotiating directly with a buyer may mean hearing feedback directly, both positive and negative. 

When dealing with high stakes negotiations be sure you can leave your emotions out of the equation so you can get the best deal possible for your property.


How much do you know about the market and area sales?

An agent can easily go through what has sold in your neighbourhood and for how much.  This information is critical to setting the right listing price on your property.  This information is also key to setting a realistic timeline for the sale of your property.  

If your neighbourhood and the ones around it have been a sluggish market your realtor will know.  They will also know how long it took to sell the house around the corner from you and can also advise whether or not a kitchen or bathroom renovation will be worth the investment of your time and money.

Another asset an agent can offer is helping to simplify some of the complex jargon that mortgage brokers, lawyers and other agents may use.  Like I said earlier- this is your largest investment and knowing and understanding what is going is important.


After all, it’s up to you.

When you’re going through the decision-making process make sure that you’ve done the thinking, research and self-evaluation.  Whatever your decision be sure that the person selling your property is looking out for YOUR best interests whether that is yourself or an agent.

Good luck deciding!









About the author

Tanya Park administrator

Sales Representative - Streetcity Realty Inc., Brokerage - (519) 719-1221 -Tanya@TanyaPark.ca