There is such a huge difference between the Kijiji listings and real estate agents in Toronto. The fact that they don't even use the same words can be telling.
The people who list their homes on Kijiji are usually desperate for someone to look at their "vacant" homes. These are homes that have been vacated by a buyer who no longer wants to live there, or from a person who's moving and doesn't have the time to take care of the property. These houses will typically come with very low prices. People often take these homes off of Kijiji, and then try to sell them to real estate agents.
However, even if a realtor gets your home sold, the deal is still going to be a lot cheaper than if you bought a property outright. For one thing, you're paying your realtor to show your property. You're paying a professional to look at your property. Even if you don't want to move right away, you might not be in a position to pay someone to look at it for you.
For another thing, you're paying a real estate agent for his or her expertise. You would be paying an agent to buy your property, so that they can sell it on your behalf. You're paying them to do your research, to look at comparable properties, and to even help you find a home. Even if you do end up buying the house yourself, you're going to have to pay for these services, which may not be worth the cost.
A lot of people feel that they can get a good deal on a property, but their realtor and Kijiji listing won't match. It's a good thing that there are some online real estate services that cater to this specific buyer market. These sites actually match the prices that realtors get, so you can see what you're paying before you agree to a deal.
They'll actually show you two homes, without you ever knowing that they have different prices. Instead, you just need to agree to sign up for a free trial, so that you can compare it.
These sites actually make an offer on your home. If you've agreed to sign up for a free trial, they'll offer to let you know if it's a good price or not. You can then decide whether or not to accept the offer. Of course, you will also receive all of the same information about any other properties you are viewing, so you know what to expect from the home you're considering buying.
The fact that a good realtor and a great listing website aren't always equivalent is an obvious problem with listing your home online. There are plenty of online real estate agencies that will find you a great deal on your home, so you don't have to worry about that.