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  1. Lindsay Barnes
    November 17, 2020 @ 8:20 am

    Great article. I have sold our last 3 houses and the most recent sale during this pandemic. I even sold my friend’s house before she moved to NZ.
    There is nothing to fear as long as you have a valuation, know the neighbourhood prices and have great photos. Nobody knows your house as well as you do, especially if you have made improvements. Show your house in it’s best condition, clean and uncluttered and the fire on if it’s cold.
    If prospective buyers want to negotiate, you can always claim that you have already discounted the property price by deducting an Agent’s commission!


  2. Amos Botten
    November 17, 2020 @ 8:59 am

    I would really like to get the information on selling my own house.
    As an aside, I had your book, Realestate mistakes and how to avoid them.
    I would love another copy if it is still available.
    Kind regards
    Amos Botten


  3. Michael
    November 17, 2020 @ 9:44 am

    Good info but I feel like you have missed the bit that people really dont trust themselves with and that is after the showing and negotiating a price. The contractual and financial aspects. You just give people a contract and they put an offer on it (or agreed price) and sign it, then you sign and the conveyancer takes care of the rest? I’m just unsure how much involvement the agent has after the contract is signed by both parties, dealing with the deposit and the final settlement etc.. Is that all normally just the conveyancer?
    Would be interested if you have an opinion on any of the “hand holding” online companies whatever) etc which you pretty much pay to walk you through the process and for advice if things dont go as planned.. but again, is that the conveyancers role….


  4. Robert Blyth
    November 17, 2020 @ 10:37 am

    Thanks Neil, yes I agree it is a great idea, now all I have to do is pluck up the courage to have a go.

    Regards Bob Blyth


  5. Sue Brooks
    November 17, 2020 @ 10:52 am

    Am I wrong in that web sites like won’t let an individual list a property? We ended up paying over $600 to list with a sell it yourself mob which involved lots of complicated stuff. We ended up not selling and taking our house off the market due to a change in our circumstances. Cheers, Sue


  6. Linda
    November 17, 2020 @ 11:42 am

    Thank you! Have been trying to convince friends about this. I sold our house and a block of land – and got better prices for both than the real estates agents were trying to sell them for. Organised photography through gumtree – great photos for reasonable cost (much less than R.E. charge).
    I was committed to it and would hold 2 open homes on a Sat. or would arrange an open home when someone showed interest. Ended up and sold the house on an inspection done on Easter Sunday. Wasn’t keen to show them when they rang but I did and they made an offer that night. I think you know your home and area better than anyone and if you’re honest you can’t go wrong.


  7. Anne Hare
    November 18, 2020 @ 7:32 am

    The last home I sold cost me $12K for agents fees. I estimated the agent spent about 20 working hours with inspections, placing ads etc (and that was probably a generous estimate). This equates to about $600 an hour. I am widowed and was selling the family home to downsize after I lost my husband. I decided then to NEVER use a RE agent to sell my property.


  8. Andrew Sammy
    November 18, 2020 @ 10:16 pm

    I had “owner sold” a few of my properties in New Zealand 10 to 15 years ago. Those were times when online advertising was not readily available. All I did back then was to obtain a valuation from a registered valuer, place an advertisement in the local newspaper & put up a professionally made sign in front of the property. No problem selling.
    Presently, I am in the planning stage to “owner sell” my property in Victoria but times are different. I must admit that as a retiree, I do have concerns about inviting strangers into my property and being with them by myself. Apart from recording a name, phone number and email which hardly counts for much, is there something else that one can do to maximise one’s safety?


  9. Janet Roberts
    November 19, 2020 @ 11:08 am

    Hi Neil and team thanks for this motivating great article, your info is spot on if you are living in suburbia and you can place a for sale sign on front fence, in rural area with minimal flow through traffic,after much research, i have discovered sell your house package for $499 offers access to,domain,etc whixh is needed for rural sales not sure if y can or want to mention specifics however sellers need access to online sites and this is the cheapest way to get access without agents,Im sure y already know this cheers to you all Janet


  10. G Jansen
    November 20, 2020 @ 10:03 pm

    So which real estate sites actually let individuals place their house adds on?

    Someone mentioned gumtree has better photographers than R.E. Who exactly do they mean and can you see the photos before and identify that they have actually taken them?

    Where do you get the paperwork from for the contract? Do you approach a conveyancer or who and ask them to do up some paperwork?


  11. Anna Smith
    November 30, 2020 @ 10:26 am

    Dear Mr Jenman,
    Years ago I had your book but alas no longer.
    I will take your word that I am able to sell my home but, nowadays homes for sale ha e to de clutter putting belongings into storage, get in cleaners, gardeners, etc. and
    pay advertising costs. Where does one get the money from if there are limited or no savings?
    I hear your commercials on radio 2CH every day which has prompted me to contact you now.
    Thanks so much
    Kind regards


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