Home Buying in 77355>Question Details

Mjordan25, Home Buyer in Conroe, TX

if you submit an offer using the seller agent do they get both commissions?

Asked by Mjordan25, Conroe, TX Mon Sep 5, 2011

Looking at a piece of land in TX.

Help the community by answering this question:


There is only one commission and that commission is typically split between both agents involved in the transaction. You will be much better off finding an agent to help negotiate for you. You can most likely have them credit you part of the commission since you are bringing them in after a property is found. There is no reason for a listing agent to give you part of the commission if you do not use an agent because they would not be entitled to the entire commission if you used another agent. As a listing agent I would not want to take on the liability of representing both sides of the transaction for the same commission as if I am just representing the seller.

So I recommend finding another agent and working out something between you and them before making an offer. It will be a much better solution in my opinion.

Best of luck to you.

Don Groff
REALTOR® | Mortgage Broker
Keller Williams Realty | 360 Lending Group
o.512.669.5599 m.512.633.4157
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Sep 5, 2011
What do you mean by both commissions?
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Sep 5, 2011
What a great question!!! I think the public in general is unclear about who represents whom in a real estate transaction. Texas law requires that INFORMATION ABOUT BROKERAGE SERVICES ("IABS") be given to all persons asking about a property. This form can be googled and found on the Texas Real Estate Commission website and is correctly dated at its last iteration on October 10, 2011 and you can find it here - https://www.trec.state.tx.us/pdf/contracts/op-k.pdf
Here's the backstory:
When a prospective buyer calls the number on the sign in the yard, he or she is calling the listing agent who represents the seller. Should that prospective buyer want the listing agent to write an offer (without benefit of another Realtor or agent), then in actuality, the listing agent becomes a neutral party and cannot represent either the buyer OR the seller any longer when only one agent is involved. The agent cannot give advice or counsel to either side, including his or her former client, the seller. There is no "representing both sides", it's neither. It is in a buyer's best interest to choose a Realtor to represent him or her as an agent who will have the buyer's best interests at heart.
The "charge" of a listing agent is diametrically opposed to that of a buyer's agent.
Here's the answer to your question:
The seller pays the commission as agreed upon with his listing agent and that agent shares the commission with the other agent (if there is one) and both brokers involved also.
I hope that wasn't too much information! : )
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Feb 26, 2013
That's a sweet deal for the listing agent. That is actually a good reason to celebrate. As mentioned before, there is only one commission which is paid by the seller. This one commission is divided among at least four people or organizations. Even in the situation you describe, the agent may split the compensation with their broker.

Please be aware the agent must do all the work for the seller AND all the work for the buyer...and it's not always a cake walk. However, the agent is able to insure everything is being done on time and will avoid issues at the closing table.

Without exception, the better course of action would be to have an agent representing you throughout this process. Doesn't cost you anything and it allows you better insight regarding choices available that are most beneficial to you.

Annette Lawrence
ReMax Realtec Group
Palm Harbor, FL
727. 420.4041
Web Reference: http://www.MyDunedin.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 6, 2011
if you purchase using the listing agent, depending on the agreement between the agent/agency and the seller, the listing agent might, indeed, keep the entire commission.

if you had brought your own agent to the picture as a buyer's agent, a portion of that commission would have been offered to the buyer's agent.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Sep 5, 2011
Alan May, Real Estate Pro in Evanston, IL
I think your fingers got a little ahead of you there:

If you use the Seller's Agent as your Agent too; He gets ALL the commission.

If you use your own Buyer's Agent, the Commission is divided between the two Brokers, and then again, between the Brokers and their Agents.

Good luck and may God bless
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Sep 5, 2011
although he gets all the commission he may be nice and reduce the percentage commission he and his agency receive since they are getting double which may lower your buying price and save you and the seller money
Flag Wed Jul 30, 2014
I think it all depends on the Listing Agent's agreement with the Seller. Some agents offer to reduce the commission if they find a Buyer, some don't.

People think they'll save money by contacting a listing agent directly, thinking that the seller won't have to pay a full commission, but that's not the case.

It is in your best interests to have your own Buyer's Agent. It doesn't cost you anything as a Buyer, so why not be represented in one of the largest transactions of your life?!
Web Reference: http://www.sallygrenier.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Sep 5, 2011
Typically yes. They become both the listing agent and the selling agent.
That's why it is a great idea to get your own buyer's agent.
It doesn't cost you anything more.
If anything I think it often will save you money, time, headaches.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Sep 5, 2011
Bruce Lynn, Real Estate Pro in Coppell, TX
If you have your own agent--a buyer's agent--the commission is split. If you make the offer through the listing agent, the listing agent gets both ends of the commission.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Sep 5, 2011
Don Tepper, Real Estate Pro in Fairfax, VA
Typically the listing agent gets half and the selling agent gets half. Everything is negotiable though so it would depend on what the listing agent and selling agent have agreed upon with their buyer/seller.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Sep 5, 2011
Unless you have a prior agreement where the agent rebates back a portion of their commission to you, the whole commission goes to the sellers agent.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Sep 5, 2011
Search Advice
Ask our community a question
Email me when…

Learn more

Copyright © 2014 Trulia, Inc. All rights reserved.   |  
Have a question? Visit our Help Center to find the answer