If you're planning on selling a house in Miami, there are several ways to go about it. The most traditional, of course, is to work with a real estate agent like Kijner & Sons International Realty to prepare, list, and sell your home. Another option that many people consider is for sale by owner, or FSBO, which bypasses the agent and puts you in charge of all the details.

At first glance, selling a house on your own might seem like a good idea. After all, in this tough Florida real estate market, sidestepping an agent can help you save money or even allow you to reduce the selling price of your home for a faster offer. At the same time, you are in control of the process, and you don't have to work your schedule around someone else's.

However, as most professionals in the real estate business will tell you, for sale by owner homes come with some pretty substantial legwork. In fact, you may even find yourself turning to contract lawyers and home inspectors anyway, since few people have a working knowledge of home sales without a real estate background. To sell your own Miami home, you have to be prepared to:

Sort through potential buyers. Just because someone is looking at your house doesn't mean they might buy it. Many people “window shop” when it comes to houses on the market, and may not have any intention of buying a house at all. Others might not have been pre-approved or pre-qualified for a home loan, and although they may sincerely want to make you an offer, it might not be something they will be able to get a bank to back them up on. And if they do make an offer, your home could be tied up for weeks while the financiers sort through the details only to fall through at the end.

Negotiate the real estate contract. In almost all cases, the sale of a house requires a contract that goes through the hands of the bank, an attorney, a title or escrow company, and a notary. Real estate agents have the right connections and knowledge to push all the paper through without losing sight of those little details that get you the best deal. Unless you're familiar with contract law and the process of buying or selling a home, this could be both costly and time-consuming to do on your own.

Showcase your home properly. One area in which Kijner & Sons International Realty has an advantage is in staging, preparing, and listing your house for sale. Few homeowners have the emotional detachment necessary to make the right changes or to list the home at a price that is reasonable for the market according to home valuation estimates.

Work with other real estate agents. Over 90 percent of people work with a Miami real estate agent when buying or selling a home. This means that the people coming to look at your house might be working with an agent of their own. However, both brokers and agents are less likely to show their clients homes that are FSBO. This can drastically reduce your pool of applicants.

Any chance to save money during the home selling process might seem like a good idea, but as is the case with most things, taking a shortcut isn't likely to yield the best results over the long-term. Selling a Miami house isn't always easy, and it isn't always fun, but when you choose to put your trust in Kijner & Sons International Realty, you can see for yourself just how much better the entire process can be.