You must hire a licensed real estate broker or agent to get your house listed on the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS). Traditionally, the only way to gain access was to sign a full-services listing contract and agree to pay a percentage of the sales price as a commission. Today, so-called limited services brokers (LSBs) will list your property on MLS for a flat fee. You can then choose what other brokerage services you desire and are willing to pay for.
One reminder, though. Although billed as “limited” services brokers, almost all LSBs offer the complete range of brokerage services and the traditional full-service brokerage. If your own marketing activities and the MLS exposure do not provide results, you can always add more services from the same real estate broker.
A recent study indicated that sellers without real estate agents sold their homes for more money, but it took longer. You have to evaluate your own numbers in order to make a decision to list or not. What are your monthly holding costs, and what is the commission you will have to pay when the house sells?