Of significance in your question is "charge a fee to the buyer OR buyerâ€™s agent etc"
This predatory practice is coming from all directions.
Last week BAnk of America imposed a $91,000 cash contribution from the BUYER, to proceed with the file. That's NINETY ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS!
Agents in the Tampabay area have/can charge the buyer agent any fee (typically 200 to $500) as an advertising fee identified as the MLS Fee. Brokers have been religiously feathering their nest with transaction fees that provide no value and will be taken out of the agents commission UNLESS the can pass the fee to the buyer or seller. Let's not overlook the predatory nature of brokerage referral fees, relocation referral fees, franchise skimming and onerous splits. It's a very hostile environment with a voracious appetite.
Such precedence, being well established, can only mean the banks, brokers, assent managers, PMIs, and investors and all other parties will continue to defer or transfer their expenses to the last one in line, the real estate professional.
We have reached a unsustainable situation that if these fees are not pushed to the consumer, we will indeed be working for free. Unfortunately, the face of the real estate agent is the ONLY one seen by the buyer or seller. The devils remain hidden and still out of jail.
What are you seeing in Queens?