You have four options when it comes to selling your home. You could hire an agent from a traditional brokerage, do it yourself by selling by owner, sell with a low or flat fee online brokerage, or sell directly to a home buyer.
Online brokerages (also known as discount brokerages) have full service real estate agents that will help you sell your home at a fraction of the cost of a traditional sale. They will help you throughout the home selling process from start to finish. Online brokerages provide services such as home pricing and preparation guidance, listing your home on the multiple listing service, marketing your home, negotiating and managing offers, and guiding you through the closing process.
Direct home buyers are companies that will make an all-cash offer to buy your home directly from you. Going this route is the fastest way to sell if your home qualifies for a purchase. Not only that, direct home buyers also offer trade-in programs where they will do their best to match your timeline. This way, you won't have to worry about buying a new house before selling or vice-versa.
For Sale By Owner (or FSBO) is the process of selling your home without the help of a real estate agent. FSBO companies will provide you with all the guides and resources needed in a home sale, including marketing material, legal documents, contracts, a MLS listing, and a network of professionals that can help along the way. While this is one of the more time consuming options to sell your home, it will save you the most money - since you won't need to pay a seller's agent commission (You'll still have to pay the buyer's agent as an incentive to show your home to prospective home buyers). You will still need to pay fees if you choose to use FSBO services, but they are nominal compared to an agent's commission.
Agent finding services allow you to compare and view real estate agent profiles. They include information such as their experience, track record, and reviews from past clients.