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Julia, Home Buyer in Devon, PA

Who pays the buyer's agent normally? seller or the buyer?

Asked by Julia, Devon, PA Tue Jun 10, 2008

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Boy, Julia, this is one of the most contested questions on the internet today.

The buyer's agent's fee is typically paid, out of the seller's proceeds at the closing table. So the buyer isn't usually paying any "out of pocket" fee to the buyer's agent. But there's a compelling argument to be made that since the seller will make adjustments to what they will accept, based in part, on what the buyer's agent is being paid... that in the long run, the buyer is paying for their own agent.
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Alan May, Real Estate Pro in Evanston, IL

This is also from one of the more "candid" agents here.

The buyer is ALWAYS paying the commission; it is built into the asking price.

The commission is set by the listing agent and is generally "shared" to some extent with the agent who sells the house..

The listing agent represents the seller. So, who will represent you?

When you sign a buyer representation, it will include an obligation to pay the commission if the agent does not collect from the listing agent. Make sure your agent presents all offers "contingent" upon whatever commission you have decided upon with your agent. This will help insure she collects from the proceeds at the closing table.

I hope this helps.

Wed Jun 4 2008, 18:18
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In most states the seller pays the buyer's agent. You should check with your local state laws. However, a buyer can pay an agent here if the commission is paid through the brokerage and it is disclosed to all parties. This is a great tool in the case of a FSBO when a buyer would like to enlist the aid of an agent but there is no seller paid commisson.
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Hi! In most areas, the seller pays for the buyer's agent commission. Usually the commission is split in two with one portion going to the sellers agent and the other to the buyers agent. That amount is then split between the agent and their company.
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In the Atlanta market, normally the seller pays the buyer's agent. An agreed upon commission has been determined at the time of the listing, most agents then offer to split the commission with an agent who brings a buyer for that property. Buyer's agents can also negotiate with their buyers to be paid.
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normally the seller pays commission but in certain circumstances the buyer's will pay the buyer's agent. Rare in our area though.
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The seller always pays the buyers agent. BUT, if the seller does not pay the full 3% then the buyer will make that up. It is in the Buyers Rep Agreement form. Untz...
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The buyer pays the buyers agent .....
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