Are you a do-it-yourselfer? I’m not talking about doing repairs to your home. I’m referring to listing your own home rather than hiring another listing agent in your office to list it. Is it worth paying someone else a listing fee?
In my opinion, it certainly is. I listed my home in 2008, just as I felt the market starting to slowly change in my area. I had at one time owned over 20 homes and condos and never listed any of them myself. I purchased them without any other agent, but "always" used another agent for the listing end.
Listing a property is the side of the transaction that is chuck full of emotion and gets very personal. Emotion does not belong in any business transaction. The only way to remove it is to list with another agent. Paying a co broke fee was always a good decision to me.
I was able to forget about my home and focus on my business. My listing agent was the go between that allowed me to stay emotion free. I’m confident there were comments that would have made me defensive, and I never heard them; there were certainly times during the negotiating of the offer that I would have jumped down someone’s throat, but I never had to; and I only heard the good news, never the other side.
I never went to the closing either. My attorney and my listing agent took care of everything. Listing your home is the biggest invasion of privacy that anyone can imagine. The more separated you become from that invasion, the easier it will be to endure the process of listing your home.