My husband and I are selling our home, a lovely water view condo in West Vancouver. As a realtor, I could represent myself and my husband but I would be taking a risk. If something were to go wrong (nothing ever goes wrong!), then my professional insurance called Errors & Omissions, would not be available to me. So I hired some colleagues who graciously took on the task of showing and negotiating on our behalf.
So...the realtor hires a realtor, and I am GLAD because it is stressful, and personal, and tiring.
My job as the seller (you all will relate to this!) is to get my home picture perfect. It is what I ask of my sellers too, because first impressions really are important.
I have done the deep decluttering, which I quite enjoy, but there is all the stuff you use every day but it is ugly stuff (garbage cans, toilet bowl cleaners, boxes of kleenx, dirty laundry). So you have to hide it all for photos, then hide it again for every showing. You have to hide the ugly, torn dish towels and bring out the lovely linen ones, draped over the stove handle. Don't forget to remove it after showings or your son will use it to wipe up the spilled tomato sauce on the counter.
I plumped the pillows, arranged the flowers, checked all the light bulbs, made the beds pefectly...
I had the professional cleaners come before the first showing, such a treat having a deep clean, done by someone else. They did a great job. Shout out to the https://kleanteam.ca/.
And now we wait, for someone to appreciate all our hard work, fall in love with the view, and write a fantastic offer giving us everything we want. Lots of money, the perfect dates and no conditions. Ha!
Yes, realtors are people and Buyers and Sellers, and despite our experience and knowledge, we feel the anxiety and disappointment, and hopefully the joy and relief when it goes as smoothly as possible.
To ensure that my expectations and emotions are managed, and that my husband and I get an offer that works for us - we hired a couple of realtors.