Step 3: Assemble Your Team of Professionals
Most sellers prefer to work with a real estate agent or a lawyer at some point in the process. (In fact, in a handful of states, a lawyer must act as an integral part of negotiating and closing the sale.) Real estate agents usually charge a commission -- on average, about 5-6% -- to be split between your agent and the buyer's agent, if any. Lawyers normally charge by the hour, around $200 per hour.
Despite the costs, experienced, responsible professionals can ultimately save you time, money, and aggravation. Unfortunately, there are plenty of incompetent or unethical ones out there, too. Take the time to get referrals from friends, and meet with a few prospects before you hire anyone.