6 Jul 2012

Selling a home on your own

Real estate agents can be very helpful when it comes to selling a house, but many may not be ready to give up a portion of their profit for the agent's commission. That's why some homeowners are opting to sell their home on their own, reports The Globe and Mail.

Bernie Doyle, an investment advisor, is selling his Toronto home at a time when the market is hot. Yet Doyle believes real estate agents are not worth the price – saying that often, they don't even show up to the open house.

"It's probably going to be that family's largest transaction," he told the news source. "Then, on the day of the open house, they send an assistant who sits there doe-eyed and slack-jawed. The real estate agent is absent to the game."

Rather than pay for what he believes is an unfulfilling service, Doyle and his wife are going it alone. Mrs. Doyle has experience with home staging, so the house will be de-cluttered and made to look as nice as possible before any potential buyers come in.

Those planning to sell their house on their own may want to invest in home staging of their own. Renting an affordable self storage unit often pays for itself because it allows the homeowner to empty their house of excess junk and increase the value to buyers.

Jiffy Self Storage, a leader in Toronto storage solutions, is currently running a contest on their website for a free iPad 3. Visitors to the site simply need to match a few Canadian landmarks and they'll be entered to win the iPad or one of several other prizes.

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