Hiring an agent would be in your best interest though. We know the current market condition, we have been trained to write legal contract, we are available anytime to show your house.
I understand that you main concern is probably the commission paid to the agent, but think about how much time, effort and money we put in. It is worst every penny of the commission.
However, there are other website where you can list your home for sale. Be ready to "become a slave of your phone" (a trulia agent told me that one day, I never believed him, until my phone would not stop ringing!).
Good luck selling your home, and even though I am in a different state, I would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.
Allied Green Realty
There are some websites that post homes "For Sale by Owner." You can google the words in quotes and find some. But, selling real property is a complicated process. I would suggest you do some research at these sites. I also would suggest that you get some recommendations about really good local real estate agents and contact them.
Be honest with the agents. Tell them you are considering selling yourself. Most good agents will talk to about the process, give you some hints and offer information about what they would do for you if you engage them.
You may find that engaging an agent really is the best way to go. If not, you will learn a lot. And, assuming you were honest with the agents, there should be no hurt feelings.
The fallacy that thousands of $$ can be saved by cutting a Realtor out is no different than someone deciding to represent themselves in a lawsuit without an attorney.
In fact it is even less useful, because the Real estate commission is paid out of the sale, not prepaid via a retainer.
The real loss is to the unrepresented party ; their interests are neither represented nor protected; potentially costing thousands more.........money that a for sale by owner leaves on the table at each stage of the transaction.
Trulia is a 3rd party site, not a source for real estate listings . It is a virtual portal and in as much as Trulia or Zillow makes consumers more informed; they have yet to substitute the role a Realtor plays as the professional that delivers on a buyers/sellers goals.
A Realtor will be able to help you price the home properly, market the home properly including placement in MLS, Trulia,Realtor.com and other high profile search engines.
The Realtor may list your home with no upfront cost, getting paid only if you enter into an agreement that is acceptable to you and goes to closing, in most cases.
The Realtor will also qualify any prospect saving much time and effort.