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Most prospective sellers already know that by hiring a real estate agent, they will be losing part of the sale price to the agent's commission. Some consider it money well spent, while many other homeowners believe they can save that money by selling on their own. That might not be the case: A home sold by owner typically sells for 15 percent less than homes sold through a realtor. Factor in the time taken off work to show the house, marketing costs, and legal forms necessary to seal the deal, and working with a realtor starts looking like a pretty good deal.
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