A “For Sale by Owner” sign may draw more curiosity seekers than prospective buyers. Unless you really know what you’re doing, you’ll get the best results by using a Realtor to help sell your home.
A Realtor should act as your personal broker. He or she will help you set an equitable price, advertise your property and expose you only to buyers who are really interested in, and able to buy, your home.
Your agent should act as your price negotiator, and help the prospect buyer find financing. All the paper work should be handled by the agent who will also assist your lawyer with legal matters. Most importantly, your Realtor should help structure the transaction to attain the best tax position for you.
Be frank and cooperative with your agent. Tell him or her the terms on which you’ll sell; condition of the house, special features and moving or possession deadlines.