You have several options to get your home leased or sold, and it really depends on your particular situation.
You can list your home with a real estate agent who can post if for both lease and for sale. This will get the home in the MLS which is the most frequently used source of home purchases AND leases. This of course costs money in way of a sellers commission as well as a buyers commission for both the lease and the purchase option, but generally not until it is sold or leased. They do 99% of the work involved getting this done, including background and credit checks on potential tenants.
You can use a discount listing broker who will charge a flat fee for certain services. You can pay a flat fee to get your home included in the MLS, a flat fee for them to send out a mass mailing regarding your property, etc. The downside is that you have to do everything yourself. You have to arrange the showings, you have to let people in, you have to run your background/credit checks, you have to do all of the paperwork, and hope that you did it correctly and legally.
The third option is to do it yourself. Put a sign in the yard, go out to multiple websites such as here on Trulia, Craigslist, etc and post information on your property. Again, you have to do everything yourself and you don't have access to the MLS.
It all depends on what your position in your home is. If you have a lot of equity and can afford and are willing to pay one or both sides of the commission, how much time you have available to market your property, meet with potential buyers/tenants, fill out contracts, etc. Selling a home is just like changing your oil or rebuilding your engine. Sure, you CAN do it yourself, but it takes time, energy, and some learning curve time. Or, you can pay a bit extra and let a professional who does this on a regular basis and will (typically) get it done faster.
The choice is yours and yours alone. If you would like any assistance in the process including a detailed market analysis of your neighborhood for both home sales and leases and a detailed marketing plan, I would be happy to assist you.
It's more than real estate. It's RAYL-Estate!
Brian Rayl, REALTORÂ®
Keller Williams Elite