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Chris, Other/Just Looking in 94131

In Texas, who pays the buyers agent commission, the buyer or the seller?

Asked by Chris, 94131 Sun Jul 12, 2009

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Normal and customary for the seller to pay.
Actually.... the listing agent lists for a fee and shares it with buyer's agent.
2 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jul 12, 2009
As noted by Mr. Burris, in most instances, the Listing Broker has negotiated a commission agreement with the Seller. The Listing Broker agrees to share the commission with the Agent who brings the Buyer to the transaction.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 13, 2009
In TX, what can the seller expect to pay in commission at the time of sale?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Oct 5, 2014
Typically in Texas it is the seller who pays the commission for the sale of the house to the buyers agent!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jun 21, 2013
This is something that can be negotiated, but in TX generally the seller pays the buyer's agent commission and the seller's commission.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Feb 26, 2013
There are laws and contracts....specify in an Amendment or another place
in contract specifically who pays the commission i.e. FSBO, contract submitted
by Buyer's Agent -- did not initial form for commission, and is hoping the
Seller's Listing Agent's Broker will pay as written on the form -- the only problem is there
is no listing agent's broker to pay the commission and it is not stated in
the contract as it should be who will pay. CONTRACTS are important and will hold up
in court -- if you want to get paid on a FSBO and you are the Buyer's Agent,
be specific on the contract -- otherwise, you will not get paid by the FSBO
seller -- you cannot assume as most have commented that the Seller
will pay??
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Feb 23, 2013
The seller pays both buyer and selling agent's commission.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 9, 2013
Thanks that is so helpful!
Flag Wed Sep 25, 2013
The best way for a Seller's Listing Agent to sell a house is to leverage a portion of their commission and their membership in the Multiple Listing Service to make hundreds of agents aware of the listed property and get as many of them as possible to bring as many buyers as possible to that property.

So, those buyer's agents are doing a lot of work for the Listing Agent by finding, qualifying, and delivering potential buyers. To get agents to bring buyers, the property first needs to priced right and be a good value for the buyer, as well as provide the agent with a commission.

L E Green Schubert, License 613876
Keller Willams Realty
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 8, 2013
It should be noted that sometimes you will run into a seller who doesn't want t pay an agent. For Sale By Owner (FSBO) is an example. Although rare, a buyer may be asked to pay the buyer's agent a fee to represent them in this type of transaction.
Most FSBO people will pay the buyer's agent though, as they see the value in the traffic they can bring.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 13, 2009
Let’s clear up something right off the bat; BUYER’S DO NOT PAY COMMISSIONS. The brokers fee (i.e., commission) that is paid to the selling broker and buying broker is a pre-arranged amount (usually a percentage of the sales price) that the seller has agreed to pay at closing for their services via the terms listed in the exclusive right-to-sell listing agreement. The for sale signs i.e. the sign in the yard is a way, brokers advertise their services to potential sellers and does not affect buyers.

It is a pretty smart idea when you think about it, because a buyers first response will be to call on the sign. Leading to an opportunity for the listing agent to capture a buyer for the home and get paid double. “Okay,” many buyers say, “so the Listing Agent represents the seller and not me. Is that a big deal?” YES IT IS, it is important to understand that if the Agent represents the seller, they cannot reveal certain things to you, as the buyer:

The reason for selling (unless the seller specifically authorizes it)
Any concesssions, in price or otherwise, that the seller may be willing to give up.
Any conversations that the seller and Agent may have had.
Any information that could be detrimental to the seller, or give you, the buyer, an advantage.
This would include a CMA (Comparable Market Analysis) that could put the seller at a disadvantage.

Here is a breakdown of the commissions:

Sales Price $650,000
Traditional Commission if based on *6% = $39,000 seller pays
Traditional Listing Agent Commission *3% = $19,500
Traditional Buyers Agent Commission *3% = $19,500

Traditional Buyer Client = $0

Buyers House Realty Buyers Agent = $4875
Your Buyers House Realty Rebate = $14,625

There are plenty of things throughout the buying process a buyer will need to be concerned about, paying the commission is not one of them. Keep in mind that BuyersHouseRealty is in the buyer real estate education business and we pay our buyers for their education. Learn more>> http://www.buyershouserealty.com.z57preview.com/realtor_cont…

Happy House Hunting!


Gavin St.Louis
Texas Managing Broker/Realtor
"Showing You the Real Estate Rebate"
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 13, 2009
While in a contract EVERYTHING is negotiable, in Texas it is customary for the sellers agent to negotiate an agent fee during their appointment/agreement and the seller to pay both sellers and buyers agents commissions.

Under very rare circumstances the seller could negotiate the buyer to pay the buyers agent commission. Very low/rare statistic.

Happy to help.

Barbara Guadiana
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 13, 2009

Although, the seller usually pays it.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jul 12, 2009
The commission is built into the selling price. On the closing statement the commission shows as a debit to the seller usually. However, The buyer is the one that pays the selling price not the seller. So, the reality is that the buyer has financed the commission as part of the sale price. The same is true of everything that comes out of the selling price.
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