My apartment has officially been on the market for two weeks now and I have learned one lesson so far -- selling a home takes serious effort!

Our apartment is only listed in combination with our neighbor's place, which means there is limited interest. Even so, showing it two evenings a week so far has meant coordinating with our broker, extra cleaning and organizing, and -- worst of all --inconveniencing my two children and babysitter who must vacate the premises. That's not even including all the cleaning and organizing we did before getting the place ready to show.

All this effort and we are working with a full service broker who is handling 95% of the work. It makes me wonder how people who sell without the help of a realtor manage.

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