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It may sometimes seem appealing to navigate real estate on your own: sellers may think they can save themselves money and buyers can utilize the internet to see all the listed houses in their area. The National Association of Realtors annual studies tell a different story:

Sellers

  

f paying a commission seems unnecessary, take a look at these numbers that show that houses sold by agents have a higher median selling price. Agents pay for themselves by negotiating a higher purchase price point for your home.

Buyers

While sites like Trulia and Zillow can seem up to date, they often include homes that aren’t actually available (they may be under contract already or were canceled and haven’t been removed from their servers). An agent will have the most up-to-date information on your market and will help you avoid getting your heart set on a property that is already spoken for or simply unavailable. The chart above shows the number of properties that are actually actively available versus the mix of properties that websites can sometimes show buyers.