The virtue of self-reliance is
as American as baseball and apple pie--except if you are trying to sell your own
home. Here such a "virtue" can cost you time, effort--and possibly
The overwhelming majority of homes that sell are
listed with a Realtor, so you will be going against significant odds if you
decide to sell your own home. The experience of a real estate professional may
get you a better price and help you to avoid all the "little" things
that can go wrong in a real estate transaction.
The desire to "save" the commission on
a property is the reason most people decide not to work with a Realtor.
Prospective buyers who look for properties that are "For Sale By
Owner" (FSBOs) are also wanting to avoid the commission--and to get a
less-than-market-value deal. However, nothing is saved in the majority of FSBOs.
Listing your home with a real estate professional can save you money, spare you
the inconvenience of showing your home, and save you the time you would spend
talking to buyers who could not qualify for a loan.