One of the first decisions homeowners will have to make after deciding to sell, is whether to use a realtor or try to sell on their own. Not having to pay commission is a very tempting option. But truth be told, homes which were "For Sale By Owner" (FSBOs) only accounted for 8% of all sales in 2015, according to National Association of Realtors 2015 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers. Interestingly, the number of FSBOs have been dropping since 1981 when the NAR began tracking these sales. Since 2005, FSBO sales have actually decreased by 13 percent. There's a reason more than 90% of home sales involve realtors and that the number of FSBOs is dropping.