Discuss this point with several Real Estate agents that you have in mind to list your home.
As far as "you get what you pay for," I prefer to say, you can only hope to get what you pay for; if you pay little, you hope to get that much, and if you pay a lot, then you hope to get that much more.
In my experience, people prefer to work for more money when they can, and settle for less when they can't. I wouldn't want to suggest that my discount-priced colleagues cannot provide the level of service as a full-priced colleague . . . but, why would they charge less if they didn't have to? Out of the goodness of their hearts? Because they don't like putting money away at the end of the month? Because they're independently wealthy and don't need to earn money?
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Agents who try to say you get what you pay for are feeding you a load of malarky. Obviously lousy agents can and often do charge the same as great agents.
Agents who try to say that if an agent offers a lower commission percentage that this means their negotiation skills are lacking are threatened by the lower commission: rightly so since they may end up losing the listing to an agent who can offer great service for less.
Agents also don't need to go into all their expenses. Most sellers are only interested in what expenses are pertinent to them. Most businesses don't explain all overhead costs that go into their product or service to justify what they charge. Good agents prove very quickly that they are worth every penny.
I am not saying to go with the lowest commission. Simply follow the advice that some of given below and interview extensively and do your research. Choose an agent based on the agent, not what they charge. Don't assume because an agent charges a higher commission that means they are worth it and don't assume that because an agent charges less, they aren't.
Do you REALLY want an agent that doesn't protect his paycheck, negotiating your bottom line??? Since you're obviously concerned about the cost of a professional, that should be the question that you need to say ABSOLUTELY NOT! A great agent will deliver the best bottom line for you and themselves!
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CBSHOME Real Estate
Yes you can find a discount agent who will provide minimal exposure but is that what you want ?
We all love to save money but there is a cost for top marketing with an exceptional agent.
Our goal is to sell your home in the shortest time for top dollar. In this market, you want the best, not the cheapest.
NP Dodge Real Estate
You may find a limited service company for a few hundred dollars (up front) who will list your home, but then you'll also need to pay a buyerâ€™s agent commission. The exact amounts are always negotiable, but consider this.
The company or agent willing to work for less will also by design have to do less work. If you can find an outstanding agent with a solid recent track record of getting homes sold, good negotiating skills, solid in marketing and legal issues who will work for less than other agents, great. But why would they?
My best advice is to find the best agent with the best combination of experience, knowledge, success, marketing & negotiating skills as your primary focus. Make commission secondary.
A good agent is worth far more than their commission, but a bad one will cost you in so many ways. Best of luck however you decide to go.
Go under the "Find a Pro" tab on Trulia and search for an agent that you would feel comfortable hiring to help you with your sale. There are many experienced agents that would be qualified to help you.
Best of luck!