It's true that finding an agent you can trust to help you buy or sell your home can be almost as daunting as the actual sales process. But before you decide to go it alone, take a moment to consider why, in the long run, investing time into working with a talented, respected and knowledgeable agent will be well worth it during your real estate journey.

1. A Little Knowledge Can Be Dangerous

Access to online valuations like Zillow's "Zestimate" feature often don't tell the whole story and can come with large median error rates: as much 42% in some areas of the United States!

2.You may love the area, but do you really know the nuances of the market?

3. Agents are experienced problem solvers.

4. Agents know the ins and outs of overcoming the objections that stand between you and a sale.

5. Negotiation skills are a must.

The negotiation landscape can get complex, which is why a third party is always beneficial in acting as a buffer zone to separate emotion from facts and work to reach an objective outcome.

6. A good agent prepares you for the real estate process before it begins.

7. Never underestimate the value of a seasoned marketing expert.

8. Agents take advantage of wide social networks.

9. Agents have useful connections in every field: from home repair to landscaping.

10. The advice of a trusted resource is unparalleled.