The amount of the brokerage fee is not regulated. Rather, it is negotiable. It can be specified as a fixed or flat-fee amount, be agreed to as a variable amount (e.g., most common is to set the brokerage fee as a percentage of the sale price), or be comprised of both fixed and variable components. It is a requirement that a seller offer a brokerage fee to the buyer's brokerage in order for the property to be listing on the Multiple Listing Service. I strongly advise you to discuss how to structure the buyer's brokerage fee with your listing agent as this can and typically does have a dramatic effect on a seller's real estate sales outcome. Beware of hiring any agent who cannot clearly explain how the brokerage fee structure is likely to impact success in achieving a seller's goals in the real estate selling process.
The brokerage fee is one of many fees that are collectively known as the seller's settlement costs. Settlement costs include transfer taxes, fees for filing and recording of documents with the applicable municipalities and government agencies, attorney fees (if an attorney is hired), title search & commitment services, title insurance, notary fees, municipal occupancy and inspection fees, document transmission and courier fees, deed preparation fees, and a fee for having a title clerk preside over the settlement proceedings. (Any others that I may have failed to mention are either exceptional or are neglible in their amounts.) All in all, settlement costs typically total to an amount that is approximately 8 to 9 percent of the price for which the property sells.
Jonathan E. Brill, Ph.D.
Keller Williams Realty
Beowulf Plaza, Suite 200
1814 Route 70 East
Cherry Hill, New Jersey 08003
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Listing fees are negotiated between the seller and his Realtor. The total charges (Seller's Closing Costs) are based on the selling price. Normally it is obtained by adding several items like Real Estate Transfer Taxes, Realtor Commission, Settlement Fee, Releases, Notary Public, Certificate of Occupancy, Courier, Deed, Lawyer fees, and a few others.
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I would be happy to work up exact numbers for you if you want to contact me directly and provide me with more information.