It is not that unusual for the buyer or the buyer's agent, more likely, to want to dictate which title company is used. They might just feel more comfortable with a particular title/escrow officer. It does impact your fees, though, so you might want to compare title company fees before you agree or not.
As to the fee and 9%. Extremely high for this market. Realtors lost a law suit many years ago which means they are not suppose to have set fees. Reality is, most start with the idea of splitting 6% amongst them, so for yours to have 9% AND $2,500 seems out of whack. I have a few good realtors I could put you in touch with, who could give you a better sense of what the going rate would be. A bit late in the process, but you should always shop around for a good realtor. They vary greatly in their level of professionalism.
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Without knowing more about the specifics of your situation it will be difficult to tell the reasons behind the change in title company.
In regards to the consultation fee and commission, you need to decide whether you want to pay that or not. We don't know what he did to sell your property. What costs did he incur in marketing it. So the fee and commission may or may not be fair.
One option that you have is to talk with another agent. At minimum this will give you the opportunity to compare fees and commissions charged. If you do decide to do it, please remember that each agent has an specific strategy to sell their listings. So take that in consideration when evaluation their services.
I hope this helps.
Jose Dias, REALTOR
The only way to find out why they wanted to switch title companies is to ask. There obviously is a reason.
However, if sounds like there is not yet a signed contract, so nothing is binding yet.
Regarding the fees, we in this forum, do not know what kinds of services are being provided or anything else about the transaction. So difficult to answer.
I would ask your agent and/or broker to be sure..