As the saying goes, "You get what you pay for." So, you paid $300-$3000 for a "Buy Owner" outfit instead of paying 5%-6% of the sales price to a full service agency. The full service agent would say, "You get what you pay for" meaning you tried to save money by paying less than the commission price and therefore received less service. But as YOU said, "so far in this experience what is in MY best interest has been last on the priority list." I somewhat agree with where I think you are going with this. A full service agent is really paid NOTHING if they don't sell your house and thus the "you get what you paid for" again. If the agent sells your home at the "give it away" price, the agent makes their commission which is in their best interest, not yours.
The solution, pay for someone who has your best interest as their priority (if that is really ever possible). What I mean is a licensed appraiser, a real estate attorney, a consultant, a public relations firm, someone who is not working on commission.
In the end, you should and will probably interview at least three good Realtors and list your home with one of them. But there is another saying too, "Trust but verify."
Here is some advice by Keith Sorem answering my selling question:
TIME is you enemy. The market already knows that the home DID NOT SELL FOR.
This is my strategy
1. Change brokerages
2. Change the price
3. Re-shoot the pictures - you need a virtual tour
4. Repaint the front door
5. Add more flowers and landscaping..so the curb appeal looks different...not better ...but different.
6. Increase the commission to the selling office...if you need to, add it to the price,
7. Make sure the new agent sends an invitation to theopen house to at least 400 neighbors...email me and I will send you my template.
8. If you don't have ten showings, or two offers in two weeks, lower the price 5%.
I hope Keith appreciates the credit as opposed to me stealing his thunder.