There are people who can sell their own property successfully, but the numbers show that the percentage who do is very low. Visit Realtor.com and there will be information about that right here on Trulia. More than 80% of FSBOs will give up and hire a Realtor. Think of the time and expense incurred when it doesn't work out. If you go it on your own, consider how you will screen potential buyers so you know who is showing up at your door. Not only from a safety standpoint but also, tangible proof on whether they can even buy your property and are not wasting your time. There's plenty of daunting tasks to market and sell a home that many consumers have no idea what a Realtor handles behind the scenes. Also, marketing exposure is absolutely critical and hugely expensive. Do you know your rights and how to protect yourself in accordance with law regarding home inspections, appraisal, and contractual obligations? What about mold or the possibility of mold in your house, lead paint to mention a few other common issues these days.
My best advice to you is to do your homework in regards to the limited services a discount broker provides vs. a full service Realtor. Ask a family member, friend or neighbor to refer you to a trusted Realtor if you don't know one. Get the facts on the market and how your house compares to the competition because there is a lot of competition. Be careful not to let someone "sell you", but will "tell you" straight up. I sincerely wish you the best in your decision and I hope I've given you something to really think about in order to help you make the best decision.