A real estate agent doesn't charge a fee to estimate the value of your apartment. But like the saying goes, TANSTAAFL. After the evaluation, you should expect to listen to the agent's pitch as to why they are the best person to sell your apartment.
However, a real estate agent doesn't do an appraisal; only a licensed appraiser does that. A real estate agent will do a CMA (comparable market analysis).
If you decide not to sell--or even if you decide to sell but not use that particular agent--there is no fee.
An agent would do a CMA (comparative market analysis) for you, no charge.
To get the most accurate information in this market, ask the agent to used sales no older than 3 months.
Best of luck
Licensed Agent - Specializing in Co-op & Home Sales
Awarded 1st Place in Sales for 2008 and 2009
Weichert Realtors, H.P Greenfield
My Name is Caesar Galindo Office manager, and Law Student at CUNY Law School.