If they've given you a fair market evaluation, and you found them to be likeable, and competent, you'd likely consider hiring them, so it's a fair trade off.
If you interview some agents for the job of listing your home usually on the first appointment they will ask some questions and need to see the home ie; what improvements you have made and any extras inside that will be staying with the home. On the second appointment they can bring a more specfic CMA that has taken into account everything they can. That is how I do a listing appointment. To try and give a CMA without seeing the home is not doing anyone any good and usually taking for granted what you have put into the home.
As Bill stated you can pay and have it appraised by a licensed appraiser.
Then as Sandee stated just be upfront and honest with whomever you work with. If you like I could come out and do a CMA but, as I stated it is two appointments otherwise I would miss somethings about your home that might add value you to it.
Hope this helps,
Best thing to do right now would be to get an appraisal done that will give you best value opinion right now as it is based on properties that have sold. Most of the real Estate agents will offer you some help even if you want to try FSBO but please be aware that market is very soft and you probably need all of the help you can get.
You should try and interview few agents that is all obligation free, let them come look at your home and tell you what they can do for you and what you can expect in the current market. That will help you decide if you would like to try it on your own for a few weeks and you should have better idea about price too.
Best of luck!
Your North Carolina Broker
What you are asking for "someone" to do is part of the service you get from a realtor. Pulling up the comps, analyzing the data, being aware of what homes in that area have recently sold for - this is part of the service we provide. What you are asking for is for "someone" to donate their time to provide partial service so that you can then try and do the rest yourself. Will "someone" donate their time to you? Probably. You can most likely get an appointment with a realtor for a listing appointment. Some will give you a number as part of their presentation; some of us will not. Providing our professional opinion and advice is part of our service. The law also requires us to have an agency agreement prior to providing our professional advice and opinion, so none of us should be advising and opining without that in place. So, some realtors may give you a number; what number? The number they think you want to hear? A number lower than what your home is worth? A number higher? Until you enter into a relationship with that realtor, they are not obligated to give you any loyalty or act in your best interests. Sound unfair? Why? You want their loyalty without giving yours. My condolences to any and all who perhaps disagree or find themselves experiencing any feelings that are not pleasant. Mo, I wish you well whatever you decide; there is more to selling a house than putting a sign in the yard. Homes sold by realtors net an average 15% more than homes sold by owners. Only 10% of real estate transactions make it through to closing without realtor involvement. Some of those transactions are later found to be unsound and time and money is expended to fix the problems. A house is often an individual's largest investment, it is worth paying commission to get the best possible deal you can.