Of course all agents out here are going to tell you that, but that is because we believe in what we do and have seen For-Sale-By-Owners sit on the market for months and months and months.
Remember the story about the owner of a top For-Sale-By-Owner website that tried to sell his million dollar condo for a year on his own website, while he continually dropped the price. He finally contracted an agent. The agent informed him that it was priced way to low. It was listed by the agent and sold quickly.
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Keller Williams Landmark II
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At the end of the transaction, regardless of whether you've had to pay Realtor fees, or not.... did you wind up walking away with more money.
My guess would be that in today's tough market, you'll have a better chance of obtaining the optimum bottom line, by using someone who markets homes for a living and knows the best ways to expose your property to the most eyeballs.
I wasn't sure whether you were asking advice as to how to negotiate a Commission with a Realtor,
or whether you were asking advice on how to sell on your own (w/o a Realtor).
An Agent will take on a lot of work on your behalf -- from Pricing the property, Marketing it, and then fulfilling the role of "project manager" in getting the transaction to Closing. In this current, challenging market, this will all involve many, many hours of work in order to earn that Commission. If you have the time, patience, and expertise, you can certainly try to sell your home on your own -- but the statistics are probably against you -- most Sellers who start off as "For Sale by Owners", will eventually hire a professional to sell their home. The Spring market is here -- typically the busiest time of the year -- you don't want to miss this "window of opportunity".
Wishing you all the best for your sale.