Not all real estate transactions are the same. Some are easy, some have snags that need to be dealt with. While you can go it alone, having a real estate agent by your side is a major benefit. First off, they know the market and its trends. Secondly, they have ability to put your listing on the MLS (Multiple Listing Service) or search for homes in the area on the MLS. Also, they can help you with the paperwork and can pass along their knowledge of the buying/selling process. All this extra knowledge from the real estate agent can make the buying/selling process move along more smoothly.