Other than for your emotional and financial well-being, at the very least....hire a Realtor for your SAFETY. There are scams all over the place when looking for homes. I just read one yesterday in which a buyer would post on craigslist an ad on subletting his condo and was just convicted of 2 separate rapes from the ad alone.
A Realtor generally knows what to watch out for and what looks a little shady. (As the saying goes ....when you see something that seems too good to be true, it generally is). People who have homes listed in MLS are (for the most part) serious sellers...not someone waiting to murder you or take your money.
-Amy S. Arey, Realtor
Halo Group Realty, LLC