I'm a former realtor - not currently active but I can tell you what you're missing and why those realtors are saying "look at the comps!" Here's the hidden truth:
Most buyers need financing - they are not paying you 100% cash. Therefore, the lenders who provide the mortgage loans require every buyer to pay for an appraisal. The appraiser determines what your home is worth and tells the lender. The lender tells the buyer your home is worth $xxx.00 and the loan will ONLY be for that amount - what the appraiser said. Lenders refuse to give extra money to buyers just because you think your house is worth more. The buyer can pay the difference BUT most buyers refuse because they believe the appraiser is right. Also most buyers don't have the extra money. They already are paying for the down paymet + closing costs + moving expenses + miscellaneous costs.
So if you think you will find a buyer that will pay the difference between what the appraiser said & your asking price - good luck with that. Keep dreaming. In the meantime, why don't you pay for an appraiser to visit your home and give you a verified price. At least you will have it in writing.... more