I had a home built less than a year ago in a Dallas suburb. It's a 260k+ home in a nice neighborhood. My wife recently lost her job in a layoff. Since we both work in the telecommunicaitons industry the chances of me losing my job as well are pretty good. We can make the payments on my salary but are really scraping the bottom and so have decided that we should probably sell. This is our first house so we are new to the selling process. I'd like to know what some of the things are to look for in a real estate broker. What kind of commission do they generally make? What are some of the pitfalls to look for? We realize that the chances of recouping all of our costs to this point are practically nil and we just want to get out of the house. I have an appointment with a broker in a few days and I'd like to be prepared before I sign something I'll regret. I know many of you are too young to have a home yet but the few of you that do own homes can surely appreciate the stress that this has given me. Thanks for any help fellas.