Maybe you’re thinking of buying your first home. Or maybe you’re considering selling your home for a larger one. What should you do? Do you sell alone and save yourself the commission or do you have a real estate agent do the work for you? Whatever the decision, it is essential to understand that any real estate transaction requires a complex process requiring many specialties. One of which should be a REALTOR®, who as your agent is bound by stringent code of ethics and responsible for legally representing you and acting in your best interest throughout the whole transaction. While some sellers believe they can cut corners by selling privately, if you don’t know what’s involved other than perhaps advertising online or putting a for sale by owner sign on you’re front lawn, the results could be far more costly than hiring a real estate professional. And for buyers, a REALTOR® will give you peace of mind in knowing you bought the right home at the right price, and never mind the elimination of much of the legwork involved in finding your next home. Bottom line, do not take that chance. The results could be detrimental.