Before you make a final decision, I would like to talk to you. Most people who try to do a "for sale by owner" end up realizing less than had they paid a real estate commission. Also, only 10% of homes over the past year were accomplished by owner/sellers. The data for many years has shown that the owner is trying to perform the duties of a realtor and avoid the commission. Poitential buyers know that and thus the offers are adjusted accordingly. So the seller is working for nothing.
You are obviously internet savy. Thus you can readily understand the fact that if you are not aggressive in advertising, you will have marginal results. Getting "eyeballs" to see your listing in this internet age is important. Listing just on the MLS will get you to some websites, but not all that you would want to be on. Also, how do you market to people who are really not familiar with the area?
I'd like you to visit www.118ledgerd.com and see what I mean. This ismya listing in the Table Rock area. As you can see, the tour not only speaks to the house itself but the area. We have gotten excellent exposure largely due to the advertising I accomplish. Has it resulted in a sale? No. But I have inquiries almost daily.
This is a tough market. Buyers are scarce. When a showing does occur, how do you handle it? And if you get a contract, how do you maneuver the negotiation, the inspections, the disclosures, the lenders and the "bumps" that are a normal part of the process. Before I got into this business, I thought that the need for a realtor was minimal. It's not the case.
I know you have a natual hesitancy to use a realtor. But you may find that it is worth it in the long run. I work very hard for my clients and do not give up. Frankly, selling real estate today requires more tha putting a sign in the yard, putting the property on MLS and hoping for the best.
Please let me know if you would like to consider options.