Technically when an agent answers your question with a number, they are violating the law. I know it's silly, but out of an abundance of caution we are not supposed to give a number,except for what we charge.
What is reasonable though is to speak with 3-5 local agents and find out what each charges for their services, and what you can expect for the money.
Just because agent A charges more doesn't make them better and just because agent B charges less doesn't make them a bargain. Ask about experience, the number of homes they have recently sold in the area, what each one does that sets them apart from the rest.
My consistent advice is that you should find the best available agent to represent you, regardless of the fee. A great agent is worth more than there commission and a bad one will cost you way more than just the commission. I hope this was helpful.
Like the others mentioned, commission rates are negotiable so you should contact and interview multiple real estate agents and see who you think would best represent your property.
Feel free to contact me anytime with any questions or concerns. I would be happy to guide you through the home selling process.
When deciding to choose an agent to list your home, try not to let the commission rate be your deciding factor.
Agents who charge a bottom rate will likely give you bottom service.
Think of it this way. Selling your home has some legal risks. Would you hire a lawyer based on who was the cheapest, or would you look for one with the skills, experience and work ethic that best fits your needs.
Best of luck to you!!!
Kawain Payne, Realtor
Your best source of this type of information would be from your friends and neighbors who have sold recently. As you know, commission is negotiable, but you might not know that we as Realtors have restrictions that do not allow us to discuss "average', "normal" or "acceptable" commissions. This is the reason for the vague answers.
I was in Hawaii when I answered, but I am back in California to negotiate with you.
When can we meet at a Starbucks or CPK to talk?
Al Goldberg Broker
"Making Real Estate Fun"
Generally comission rates are not regulated by the law so each agent can offer you different comission rate. On the average it's 5-7% however it could be greater or lower depending on your particular circumstances and agent.
A lot of times agent would base their comission on multiple factors such as but not limited to: property condition, location, listing terms, etc...
It's is best to contact a few agents, gain information about each agent and experience and find out how much they charge and what will these commission fee include.
Hope this will help you!
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