Thank you for the best answer designation!
Since my information has been challenged, I offer the following:
The information I gave you stating that Realtors tend to get more money is backed by a report done by NAR. Just because someone doesn't agree with the numbers does not make them wrong. And, yes, the report does not give "net" statistics. However, with an average of 32% higher selling price, even deducting the average 6% commission would still net you 26% more money. Also note that it quotes prices for median home sales, not average pricing statistics, which are much more accurate. The link for that report is http://www.realtor.org/research/research/fsbofacts
If you go there, you will see that the statistics are taken from data from the NAR's profile of home buyers and sellers--people who have participated in a real estate transaction that year.
I think the most important thing to stress is that real estate is local. NAR data is compiled from MLS associations across the country. Rockinblu's linked report comes from Madison Wisconsin. It uses a local FSBO site's statistics and those compiled from one MLS association.
Unfortunately, rockinblu did not post the link to the consumer reports article, so I cannot comment about what he quotes from there. Taking a sentence or two and posting it doesn't show the whole picture. But what I can say from his quote is that receiving $5000 less than asking price when a Realtor prices a property can still net you more money than a FSBO sale getting asking price. According to the 2007 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORSÂ® Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, setting the right price was the second most difficult problem FSBOs had in selling their own homes.
If there are other "well known studies" that rockinblu thinks I am "ignoring" from a university in Madison Wisconson or anywhere, he can present them. I would be happy to have the chance to be educated by them and/or challenge them.