Using a real estate agent is one of the most important decisions you can make in your home selling and buying process. Many people do not want to “give away” part of their sale to a commission check. There is no money being given away. When you consider the advertising costs alone, your agent is certainly earning their commission.
Now consider all the time and stress they are going to save you by doing all the tedious work of drafting contracts, coordinating inspections, title searches, etc. and you can see that you are actually getting quite a bit for your money. One small mistake trying to sell your home on your own can cost you several times more money than the small fee paid to an agent.