It really does not matter whether you are selling a house or trying to buy a house, the real estate agent will say that they are working for the seller. On the other hand, if they are trying to find a home for the buyer, then they will say they work for the buyer. No matter what works for them is what they will do. Keep reading if your interested in selling your own home.
In reality, the real estate agent works for themselves alone. They want to get their business built up and earn a good reputation. They need to get their name out there as much as they can, so they try to sell as many and list as many houses that they can get their hands on.
For Sale By Owner (FSBO) signs are vastly different from a real estate agent sign. The FSBO lists the listing ID and a phone number, or maybe even a website. This type of FSBO services keeps the focus on selling your home, which is exactly what you want to do. They will deal with the owner directly and not have to go through a real estate agent. All the real estate agent is concerned with is selling the homes with the larger commissions. If your home is not one of these, then you real estate agent will not try very hard.
If you will look at a sign from a real estate agent, you will notice their picture on the sign, their logo, and their business name. The agent really is not focused on the seller, they are more interested in building up their name and getting their business and picture out there for everyone to see.
The seller is going to have to pay a lot of money to get a big name agent. Many times the agent is so busy you will not even get to meet them face to face. They will most likely send out someone who works for them to get the job done. You really need to do your research and find out if it is worth it to you to hire a real estate agent so they can build up their name and business, or if you would rather sell your own home and save giving the commission away.
Added: by Utopia Realty