I am glad you are here! The commission is totally negotiable, however if someone offers you a lower fee to successfully market and sell your home than another agent, I would be curious what they are short changing you on.
With homes taking longer to sell, they require twice if not three times the amount of time and my marketing dollars to get the job done effectively, therefore I have actually adjusted my fee scale to the market conditions. I would say standard fee is around 6 or 7% however I have heard of other top agents that charge 8, 9 or 10% fee.
I would recommend interviewing a couple of agents to see the different levels of service they can provide.
Sounds like you may be shopping for a sharp agent to list your home, would you like me to refer you to other top agents who specialize in your market?
I am not in your area, but if you would like a list of questions to use for interviews send me an email and I can send you some valuable information, which will help you make a great decision.
If you are considering listing your home I would strongly encourage you to consider the service you will receive from your agent before settling on a commission. There are no-service or low-service brokers who will list your home and do little else. They usually sell for a flat fee. In my experience those homes tend to stay on the market quite a while. A full service broker will engage in a goodly number of marketing strategies including listing on the MLS and all associated sites, featuring the home at sales meetings, doing a full market review with you, conducting open houses, and much more. Please feel free to contact me if I can be of further assistance.