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Toi Mulligan, Home Seller in Spokane, WA

What is the % commission that the seller pay to her agent when the buyer doesn't have an agent?

Asked by Toi Mulligan, Spokane, WA Sat Nov 27, 2010

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Commissions are negotiated between seller and listing agent at the time the listing is taken. Unless there is some sort of variable commission agreement, it is likely that the seller will be paying the listing agent the full commission, ie both sides. Put another way, "buyer doesn't have an agent" generally means the listing agent is filling that role. That is "disclosed dual agency" - at the brokerage, and in this case all the way down to the agent level, the same firm/agent is representing both seller and buyer.

I see no benefit to you in not having an agent and would recommend you align yourself with one.

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1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat Nov 27, 2010
It all depends on the listing agreement or what you can agree with with your agent. Nothing is set in stone. Good luck to you.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri May 27, 2011
This depends on the listing agreement you signed at the beginning when the agent listed your home. You can negotiate the percentage with the listing agent prior to signing any paperwork. However, some agents won't take the listing if it is below the average 6% commission.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri May 27, 2011
Your Listing Agreement already outlined that you have a certain percentage to pay. That commission is all your agent's Broker's commission to do as they want after successful sale. How the decide to split that is not your concern as they have all the commission. The may decide to pay some to a selling agent, that would be outlined on the listing contract and the sales contract. So lets say it's for 6%, the broker keeps all of that if there is no seller side agent agent, or if there was an agent for the seller, they may have split it equally, or 60/40 or even less. Again the listing broker can say they give nothing for an agent that brings a buyer. You did not make an agreement with the agent or the broker that said the commission is less if you are the sole agent in the sale. Though you may see some brokers say if they are the sole agent, then they will return a percentage of the commission, though it must have been written into the listing agreement. Your listing agreement is a formal and a legal contract so you can not back out of the commission promise!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat May 21, 2011
Like everyone pointed out, it depends on the contract. Your contract with the listing agent is typically for the full amount (Be that 4, 5, or 6%) If the other party does not have an agent, you probably still owe the total commission. Your agent may be willing to negotioate however!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Nov 30, 2010
This is a great question. However, this is a question for your Agent.

Because, it really depends upon on your listing contract with your Agent.
Normally buyers have an Agent representing them. If they don't initially have an Agent, your Agent if allowed in WA state can represent both sides in a transaction.

If there is no representation, then that's another story. Check with your Agent.

Best of luck,
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Nov 29, 2010
Dear Home Seller,
As we here at Trulia, have not seen your listing agreement with your brokerage/your listing agent, we do not know. In general you have an agreement of a total commission that then is split up between the listing agent and the buyers agent/brokerage..... Now you say what if the buyer does not have an agent....
Then the listing agent will be a dual agent, and that depends on the law in WA how the listing agent goes about it.... here in Illlinois it has to be disclosed and both buyer and seller have to agree to the listing agent being a dual agent....

But if in your listing agreement there is no stipulation for that situation I want to assume that since the listing agent will be taking care of both sides to some degree that the entire commission is still due to the listing brokerage company, UNLESS YOU HAD AGREED TO SOMETHING DIFFERENT at the time of listing your property for sale...

Hope this helps but you really need to read your listing agreement and then discuss the issue with your
listing agent..../ listing brokerage.

Good Luck
Edith YourRealtor4Life and Chicago Connection
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Nov 29, 2010
The commisson is always negotible to certain extent. I will reduce the overall rate if I represent both parties.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Nov 28, 2010
This answer would be in your contract if you are the seller. Other than that, no one will be able to tell you the answer except for your listing agent as that information is not public knownledge. It was agreed to when the house was listed.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Nov 27, 2010
Toi, Jeannette has giving you an excellent and complete response to your question. One additional note I will add is that if this question is posed at the time of listing the property, I will often agree to a reduced overall rate should I become involved in a dual agency providing representation to both parties, especially if this occurs early in the listing period. I have discovered that I am far from being the only agent who will make this concession in a listing. If you are already in the position where an offer has come in through your listing agent, you could discuss this with them, but expect to be bound by your original contract. If there isn't an offer currently on the table, you may want to go ahead and discuss this aspect with them prior to an offer coming in to see how they would handle this possibility.

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Nov 27, 2010
A listing agreement that is signed with your list agent when a property is first put on the market is the document you need to find and read again to get your answer. Typically an amount is agreed to be paid to the listing company when it is sold and there is usually an agreement for that company to share the listing commission with a cooperating broker who brings a buyer. If a buyer does not already have an agent the listing agent can offer to become a dual agent with the sellers agreement - in this case dual agency is described and has a limited representation to both seller and buyer. Sometimes there can be a different amount owed if the list agent also acts as a dual agent so again reread your listing agreement. When a purchase and sale agreement is signed there are check boxes at the bottom of P1 of Form 21 that describe the type of representation the seller and buyer have agreed to.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Nov 27, 2010
The commission is what is on the listing agreement whether or not the buyer has their own agent (unless you had negotiated something different in the original agreement). You could always ask your agent to pay some of your costs or a least provide a home warranty for you. I personally do not do dual agencies for just this reason, it is much simpler to refer out the buyer so that you don't have any conflicts of interest or hard feelings on the part of the seller.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Nov 27, 2010
The seller would pay their agent whatever they agreed to pay in their marketing contract. It's just that simple.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Nov 27, 2010
Alan May, Real Estate Pro in Evanston, IL
If the buyer doesn't have their own agent then typically they are represented by the listing agent through dual agency in Washington State. The total commission as stated on the first page of the Spokane Association of Realtors listing agreement that your broker left with you is the amount due upon the successful closing of the sale.

Ron McIntire
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Owner Assist Realty
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Nov 27, 2010
I agree with what the other agents already stated. It should already be negotiated. IF not, or, if you do not have an agent yet, you can negotiate the commission based on the guidelines below & how much work is done by the agent.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Nov 27, 2010
Commissions are usually negotiated up front when a property is listed for sale. The full commission is then typically split between the buyer’s agent and the seller’s agent. If the seller’s agent brings in a buyer, they are entitled to the full commission unless that is specifically addressed in the listing agreement.
Commissions range from low flat fee agreements to 6% in most markets. What you and your agent agree to is completely up to you.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Nov 27, 2010
There is no established amount of commission, as it is subject to negotiation. If your home is listed, then the listing agreement with your agent probably specifies the amount that would be paid.

Jean Bradford
Managing Broker Associate
John L. Scott
Silverdale, WA
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Nov 27, 2010
The % paid to your agent would be the total number negotiated on your original listing/commission agreement--review the document for the answer.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Nov 27, 2010
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