New Zealanders are proud of their DIY culture. Does it work for selling houses?
Since Trade Me began its property section in July 2005, private sales have averaged 10 percent of total listings through buoyant markets and downturns.
It seems there’s a steady stream of private sellers willing to give DIY real estate a go … and not pay a commission.
Selling your own house can be time-consuming and stressful. It requires good planning and attention to detail. Not everyone has the people skills for it. You may have to do leaflet drops and run open homes.
You’ll also need to be easy to contact and be available to show buyers around. These are the tasks you’d otherwise pay a real estate agent to do.