If they are not licensed, paying them an hourly wage should be sufficient. Th amount should be adjusted with their level of experience. The most important thing is to have an understanding from the the very beginning of how they will be compensated. An unhappy assistant can break your business.
It really depends on their expectation when they were hired. I would talk to them about it before a the situation festers and becomes a problem.
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------- A licensed agent is able to not only open the door to the home that is for sale, but can offer observations and assess the obstacles the buyer must overcome and solutions related to the property for sale. That is what professionals do and from which appropriate compensation is expected. ------------------------ In a professional capacity, you really need to be prepared to share your compensation. Be very aware...if you do not retain those you train, they WILL be your competitor if they are treated unfairly. -----------------You really, really, really need to have a clear and concise understand regarding how your assistant will be compensated when they are the procuring cause for a purchase offer. This invariably is the source of grudges and distrust that will endure for decades. GREEDY agents tend to pile on the deduction (just like many brokers) leaving the assistant/professional feeling betrayed. Betrayal is the hardest of all conditions to overcome.....and I believe they are never solved....just managed. A competitor seeking revenge has bad outcomes.
Of course, you need to make your own arrangement with your assistant. This relationship is negotiable, as is any relationship in real estate. If they are asking for commission on the buyers they service and they bring significant value to your operation, then you need to make the decision on how much value and what percentage of that you are willing to give away.
For a full blown buyer's agent (start to finish servicing of buyers) a 50/50 split is not unusual. However, buyer's agents typically do not receive a salary. Hope this helps.
Each agent who hires an assistant has a unique arrangement with them. It has to be negotiated and agreed to by both parties. What is "fair" depends on the parties involved, how they value the work provided by the assistant and the capacity of the agent to compensate them. If you don't like your current arrangement, renegotiate of find another agent to work for.