Why do I need a Real Estate agent to buy or sell a home?

Let’s ask this question in a different way.

Why do I need an educated, trained, licensed, insured and experienced, professional to help me with the largest purchase or sale of my life?

I’ve been reading this question on a lot of blogs recently, so I thought I would put this question into prospective. As a Real Estate Broker with about a decade of experience I can tell you that every transaction I deal with has some kind of challenge and would likely fail without some intervention from the brokers involved.

To me the right question is not if you should use a Real Estate agent but which agent should you use.