There are a lot of pitfalls between here and closing and that Realtor can be extremely helpful in keeping the deal together. It will be well worth the money.
Buyers may try to go around a listing agent and buy the home direct from the seller. Typically, buyers will offer less money because they know the seller is not paying a commission. Sellers should be aware that in real estate sales, verbal agreements are not enforceable. Selling a home on your own can be challenging since the seller will not have access the CAR real estate contract that is prepared by attorneys to address the aspects of the sale. Sellers are not aware of the statutory disclosure forms that are required for the sale. Selling a home without representation does not necessarily save you money and my leave you open for liability.
Prudential California Realty
I think it comes down to this: do you think that you have found the person who is willing to offer you a better deal than you could get from the open market?
All the best,