Especially in this market you can try to do excactly -or come as close as possible- to what a Realtor would do for you:
First price the house right.
Compare your home to other homes in the market place which recently sold, incorporating very recent market conditions. Home Sales are part of a public record and are published weekly in the local papers. Our website has important relevant market information at your finger tips: http://www.1townandcountry.com
Next, you have to create exposure to potential buyers.
You can do so by advertising in your local papers, by listing your home whereever you can online (and maybe start your own website). You can even do your own open houses.
Pictures, lots of them, of your home, stress the positives of your property and neighborhood. An overwhelming number of buyers find homes they are interested in online. A yard sign is another important way to make potential buyers aware of your home.
Finally, in case you found a buyer, you will need to be able to talk about your home without any emotion to the buyer, and make sure you do not act or say (or omit) what may come back to haunt you. real estate is a very heavily regulated field, and you need to be aware of all the laws and regulations the Federal, State, and County and Local governments have put in place you may have to comply with.
Once you start taking ito account the time and money you spend, you may re-consider selling on your own. You are at a distinct disadvantage compared to seasoned real estate professionals. First of all, the right realtor will have experience and enthusiasm, and have the time you may not be able to muster. Hisor her experience in pricing is probably the most important decision made for a successful sale. Second, the money Realtors have spent to find buyers is many times larger than what you can spend on the sale of one home. Buyers do not like to waste time and will like the websites best which have as much information available in as little time as possible. Realtors spend hundreds of thousands of dollars just on websites and website marketing. That is also why NAR statistics show that homes listed with a Realtor tend to sell quicklier and at higher prices than homes sold without help of a Realtor.
Finally, it is alwasy harder to negotiate on your behalf than to have a proffessional negotiate on your part. this is why lawyers do not take their own cases, doctors do not treat their own familues, generally. An objective, clearheaded and skilled negotiator will likely be able to make deals close which someone without experience may not. Many buyers also do not like to deal with home owners directly. Not when they are previewing the home (they feel they have to be polite). Not when they are making offers, and when they are negotiating. It may not be imporssible, but again, you limit the number of likely buyers who would successfully purchase your home, when representing yourself.
A wise friend once told me, once you get the feeling you are pushing a cart of stones up a hill that is becoming steeper and steeper, you need to start paying attention to alternative routes.
Let me know if I can help you with any other information on helping you sell your home! Jamesport is a beautiful town and our market has been relatively lucky compared to national conditions. Don't let anyone tell you differently.