If you’re going to sell your property, I would recommend consulting with a realtor to get an idea of what the market is and what the potential listing price might be. Typically they can also give you some helpful tips on making your house more presentable and more sell-able. Taking these steps would be the ideal starting point. You wouldn’t necessarily have to consult an attorney on the front-end if you have a realtor. If you’re proceeding without a realtor, the first thing to do as a seller would be to contact a real estate attorney. It is important for the seller to retain an attorney to have a real estate contract already prepared in the event that they receive an offer from a buyer. There’s a lot of subtle nuances that go into a real estate transaction. These include the prorating taxes specific to state law. Annual property taxes here in Mississippi are often either retained or sold with the property, and this gets commonly overlooked. Having somebody to hold on to earnest money and ensuring that the process goes smoothly is essential. Whether that accountability comes from a realtor or an attorney usually depends on people’s budgets and personal preferences. However, they definitely need to consult someone with experience in the process of buying and selling property. One thing to keep in mind is that if you are buying new property, a realtor is usually the ideal choice.