I want to help, if you knew me you would not question that, here is my insight........
A good Realtor will do a very large amount of work for you to include extensive internet online listing services to include MLS, Realtor.com, Century21.com, Trulia.com, Masshomes.com, Postlets.com, Facebook.com, Twitter.com, Newspaper listing costs for open houses, travel back and forth, client meetings, open houses, 24/7 responses to inquiries, follow-ups with potential buyers, weekly updates for you, documentation for the entire transaction, inspection appointments, negotiating for you and the buyer,a photo session, editing of those photos, etc. etc. ......... a good Realtor will bust their hump but not for 1% as we do have expenses and we pay for everything that benefits the sale in the way of advertising, expenses are there and not tiny.
PLUS - when a home is offered for say 4% - we have to split this value with as many agents as it took to deliver the buyer to you and if we had to split 1%, I would not be able to recover my expenses and no agent would be interested in offering it to a buyer knowing they too would not recover their expenses. Very much like using brussel sprouts in a mouse trap instead of cheese. No interest was sparked.
Like anyone else out here, I would be absolutely thrilled to assist you in the sale of your home, I workl damn hard for my clients, but if you want the best damn service you can get with prequalified buyers and no tire kickers and you want the process done right the first time I respectfully ask you to consider a higher percentage, yes , it seems like it hurts now but its worth it in the end to have piece of mind and a quality agent.
Pick one who suits your personality, if he or she treats you like a jerk then he is mosty likely treating potentil buyer the same way, beware of the flim- flam artists as well, they make huge promises and agree with your every word and then when you need to call them, you get no response.
We are NOT all used car salespeople.
If you need me for anything, I am here and would be glad to help you should you decide to go with an agent.