Having been a full time licensed Realtor for five years.......... I have seen changes in the market!
In the nineties I sold my own home by putting signs on the street, on the top of the "hill" and at the bottom of the "hill" and when the wind blew them over/ six months/ but persistence paid off. I sold my home with full asking price and without paying a commission. Later while studying with York University I picked up some Real Estate courses and listed my next home on the MLS. It sold in two days with two offers. This home was in a good area and I advertised this home as a "loved " home/it was. Years later I sold my third home while completing my Real Estate License. It sold quickly. Today the buyers understand that they can view every home on the MLS thru Realtor.ca. My third home sold quickly as it was available to every Canadian that has a computer. Realtor.ca is provided for the public to view Single Family Homes, Condo's, Townhomes, Semi's and Leases that are listed on the MLS system. Many of the homes listed on Realtor.ca have a multi media to click on for Virtual tours, Slide Presentation, and Photos of the homes. Today a buyer/ person looking to buy a home can find their desirable home and area before they call an agent.. I sold my home in 2010, quickly, this was a home that I created with so much hard work. The buyer wants to buy my home...........my creativity......... and found it on Realtor.ca....The Market has changed.