Commissions are negotiable and there is no typical or standard rate. Listing firms do offer a portion of the commission to the buyer's side which is stated on the MLS.
According to the Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics from NAR, real estate agents should NOT be stating percentages on this site. They are in violation!
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Feel free to email for more info and I would be happy to provide a free analysis of what your home may be worth in today's market. Masha@preservationproperties.com
Most discount listing offices make their money on volume, so they shouldn't have time to take care of your day-to-day requirements or be intimate with your situation/needs/goals. If you're in a "sellers market" with little inventory and too many buyers, it's probably be OK to go with a discount service. Otherwise, get an aggressive, full-time agent with a proven track record selling listings. It's really unfortunate when we run into people who chose the "cheaper" route, only to find out their house either didn't sell or it was a horrific experience.
Hope that helps!
This may surprise you, Look at it this way an agent is working with a buyer for 6 months showing homes almost every weekend- 4 new homes come on the market 3 are offering a certain % comission and the 4th house is offering half of what the others are- most agents would show the first 3 homes and your home may not be shown. Another thought is if the seller is offering less they may be difficult to deal with or have little equity and may be close to doing a short sale, some buyers want no part of a short sale. Call or visit my website if you would like to talk personally I serve the Greater Fall River MA area.
Talk to several local agents, and ask they what rate they will charge. They will happily sit down with you and discuss what they charge, and what services you get for that fee.