Selling makes sense if the timing is right for you. Also, if you are considering selling, it's best to ask a local realtor (not the one who said she has a client), to give you a Comparative Market Analysis which will give you a range of value for your home based on recent solds of comparables in the area. It will be also based on the location, condition, size, layout, of your home. So unless you are getting over market value for your home, you may not want to consider it until you are ready. Also, the advantages of exposing it to the market as opposed to having one person looking at it, is that there may be many people who would like to buy your home, thus increasing the value. This cannot be established if you just make a deal with one person, unless you are extremely well informed and knowledgeable about a real estate transaction, as in the scenario you described, you do not have an agent who is an advocate for yourself.