However, since sellers who don't use a real estate agent to sell their home on average wind up with less from the sale of their house (since most buyers who look at For Sale By Owner homes automatically deduct the 6% commission from the price because they know the seller isn't paying a commission, and then usually try to negotiate a deep discount on THAT price because they know the seller doesn't have an agent negotiating for them), it's always worth while having an agent working for you, whether you're a buyer or seller.
Hope that clarifies the situation......
Commissions are negotiable but generally speaking, 6% of the price of the home is what we see most.
6% = 3% to selling agent, 3% to listing agent or all 6% to the lister if they bring the buyer themselves.
There are flat fee agents like Assist 2 sell that charge a fixed flat rate + 3% that the other agents like to get paid. Check out http://WWW.BerksFlatFee.com for more information.
Commissions vary and are fully negotiable. They'll depend in part on whether you want full-service or a la carte service.
Hope that helps.