Selling your house through a realtor can create some additional stress. The way it goes is something like this:
Contact friends and family for a realtor recommendation
Set an appointment with the realtors
Let the realtors walk through the home.
Choose a realtor
The realtor looks at some homes in your neighborhood that sold
Your negotiate with the realtor the "Listing Price"
You sign a contract for x number of days.
You fill out a disclosure noting everything that is wrong with the house.
The realtor points out items that you may need to repair before you can sell.
It is recommended that you "declutter" and clean the inside and outside of your house.
The realtors "Lists" your house.
The appointment service schedules showings.
You must "pick-up" your house, put away your pets, and vacate the premises for an hour for the showing.
The realtor provides you with an offer or why you didn't get an offer.
You read the offer and accept or negotiate.
If you accept, there is an option period where the buyer can back out.
An inspection is scheduled.
The buyer can ask you to repair any deficiencies the inspector finds or back out.
An appraisal is scheduled.
If the property does not "appraise out", the buyers can back out or ask you to lower the price.
The buyer gets approval of funds from the lender to buy your house.
If the buyer can't qualify, the buyer will back out.
If the buyer backs out for any reason, the process above repeats.
If the buyer is good and the option period expires, you will go to closing.
The buyer does a final walkthrough the day of closing.
If the buyer loses his job, gets transferred, or for whatever reason, he/she can back out of the contract.
You go to closing 30-45 days after signing the contract.
You pay anywhere from 8% to 10% of sales price in closing costs.
You sign over the title.
You receive your money.