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I am an agent in Decatur BUT I have sold properties in Silver Lakes. It IS a gorgeous area but takes a very specific buyer for that area because of the remote location. I also list property on the Chico side of Lake Bridgeport which has the same problem with only appealing to a very small group of buyers.
With the buyer pool being as low as it is right now, IF you are going to try & do it yourself OR whether you decide to use a Realtor, PRICING IT RIGHT IS THE KEY! Also, do a look around your place. Check to make sure there are no small jobs in the way of maintenance that need to be done. Remember, anything that YOU see that you know needs to be addressed, a buyer will pick up on even faster & then will start wondering what else needs to be done. That translates into chipping away at your price.
One more thing to remember, even if you do not use a Realtor, there are still certain disclosures that you must give a potential buyer at the time they look at your house. You are still bound by law to these items. That is probably the MOST important reason you should have a Realtor working for you and YES, in this market, most Realtors will negotiate their commission IF the need arises. Like Chris said, you would use a professional for anyother service you may need, why NOT use a Realtor to protect you and advise you on selling the most important asset you probably have.... your property?
Give me a call if you want some help.
You don't do your own dental work when you get a tooth plfilled, you don't own a seat on a stock exchange to buy FB stock, so why wouldnt use a pro to sell your house.
Chris Hutchinson Real Estate
The Michael Group