I’m on my 4th house. I have never gone through a real estate agent to buy or sale. Inspection, survey, real estate attorney, title company.
Current case, sold house in Austin,Tx for 365k and saved 18k +- in fees between buyer and myself doing it ourselves. It takes a little bit of running around but well worth it.
My old Daddy always said
“Nothing Ventured Nothing Gained”,
“It’s like skinning a cat and I’m a cat skinner”