I am just wondering why they should? Are the buyers and sellers going to share what they earn at their jobs with us so they can work with us? And paying a commission for a service successfully rendered is not sharing, its business.
I can't speak for every agent, but I know that I work very hard for what I earn and, when you consider that I am earning on average $0.03 on the dollar for my skill, training, coverage of the transaction by my errors and omissions insurance (which I also pay for), my willingness to do what ever is necessary whenever it needs to be done in order to help my clients (I spend a lot of time working on my client's deals long after 10 PM and frequently start before they are even out of bed in the morning), and I am also expected to foot the bill for any and all advertising for my client's homes for sale.
What I will do for my clients is try to negotiate the best price for the home that I can and if I am offered a "bonus" by the other side, I will happily try to convert that bonus into a discount for my buyer.
Think about this, which is a better deal for the client - To have part of my salary "shared" with them but to then wind up paying top dollar for their home thus increasing their loan costs, taxes and other expenses. Or, having me work as hard as I can to get them the best possible deal for the home they want to own or the best price for the one that they want to sell.
Also, why would you want to work with someone who is not even able to negotiate the best deal for themselves with you? What does that tell you about their ability to negotiate on your behalf with someone else? Geez, if they are willing to sell their own family down the river, what do you think they will do to you?
Good question, this should elicit lots of discussion. Thanks for asking it :-)
Take care, help lots of people and have a wonderful day!
TIsza Major-Posner, Realtor, IVPG Realty