I highly suggest that you try and sell your property on your own. Forget about Real Estate Agents, 6%! are you kidding me, for what?...right?
No matter what I write after that, I believe your mind is already set, but I'll continue anyway and hope that you read further.
6% commission is paid when the property is actually sold, not upfront when you sign a contract with a Real Estate Agent. Your concern as an owner, I would assume is getting the highest price possible for your property.
This requires that you get the word out that your property is for sale and that every possible person looking to buy sees it ASAP, ASAP meaning within the 1st month...not after one or three months of it being posted for sale on XYZ website(s).
Pricing is crucial, if you don't get it right, you are going to miss out on many buyers that won't even find your property when they run a search for it online. Most buyers use price ranges in their search, so this is a major issue.
Marketing is up next on importance. How can you insure yourself that no stone was left unturned when marketing your property? Professional photography, floor plans, (buyers see so many properties before making a decision so your property must stand out of the crowd) brochures, posting in newspapers, posting in MLS (there's more than one in NYC you know)...and the game changer which is why Real Estate Agents are such a necessity is simply "we don't work for nothing". :)) Let me explain.
Our established lists of local buyers (end users and investors alike) runs in the hundreds - thousands PER Real Estate Agent, and best of all they are all accessible with a click of a button (thank you smart phones!) That's instant exposure within the 1st week.
Put yourself in a buyer's shoes, when you go to the market to buy fruits, do you buy the new ones or the ones that have been sitting there for over a month?
I know that if I saw a month old fruit, I'd negotiate for a 2 for 1 special. Is it starting to make sense?
The best price comes early because it's new and fresh. If it's still on the market months later, your next group of customers might be looking for a "good deal" and you may then start to question your pricing, but you never question your marketing why? because you are the professional and you've sold dozens of properties correct?
Now tie this all together.
You do all the work yourself to market, show, and negotiate the best price for your property, but make sure you get it done in the 1st 30 days, and make sure you do it right the first time. Whatever the property ends up selling for, you should be 120% sure that its the best price you could have gotten for your property.
You work with a Real Estate agent that's connected to multiple, multiple listings services, has global reach with Brokers around the world (you don't want to forget about buyers that are selling their properties outside of NY and around the world and looking to move to NYC).
This Agent should have people who will take professional photographs of your property, create floor plans, design brochures, setup Broker and Buyer open houses, screen potential buyers (you don't want any tire kickers), negotiate the best deal for YOU because their commission depends on you getting the best price possible. The buyer will surely be using an Agent to find and negotiate the best deal for them, why are you not represented?
With this Agent, your property will be blasted out their buyers list, (that's if their is a commission that they can get a piece of that is documented and enforceable Ie: listing agreement between seller and broker) co-workers, and other brokers who have their own buyer's lists.
Now when the day the property is finally sold, you can be sure, 150% sure, that you are getting the best price possible, because you covered all avenues.
So, don't shy away from a 6% commission, you may just net enough to cover that 6% and more, or just enough to cover that 6%...doing the math that's called "someone working for you, for free :))" in my book.
Whatever you decide to do, try to see a Real Estate Agent for what he /she really is, a Connector. We connect buyers with sellers, or sellers with buyers, period. Your attorney protects you if you are using your own attorney and that of the buyer's (please don't do that...ever)
If you have any other questions or concerns, or need further explanation feel free to call me, no strings attached, even if you just want to know what your property can actually sell for, I'm here to help in any way I can.
All the best to you,
Fillmore Real Estate