Steve - builders are paying agents in this market, and sometimes it is a higher than normal fee (not always). HOWEVER, no I would not agree to give you any portion of that unless there was some extenuating situation. I just closed a deal with Van Metre for a buyer client. AFTER we had a ratified contract, I negotiated things on his behalf that ended up putting almost $9K extra in his pocket having to do with BS the builder was trying to pull and I simply wouldnt let them. Could the buyer have negotiated this on his own? (Shrug) He tried, and failed. He didn't think I'd be able to help him when he told me of his concerns, and was thrilled when I was able to get things put together for him. Does that happen in every transaction? Nope. However, it might happen. Agents have the ability to use their knowledge, and the collective knowledge that we as colleagues share, to your benefit. Most people buy no more than 3 or 4 houses in their life - sometimes not that many. I close that many a month. That leads to a LOT of knowledge....Knowledge and experience that benefits my clients directly in the form of better decisions, lower risks, comprehension of the situation and "what ifs", a list of alternatives for when bad things happen...and you can't underestimate the value of mental and emotional support. Keep in mind that we always work on contingency. If you want out of the contract, it is our job to help you get out and not get paid. And, we do it. Seriously? Name one other profession where that is the case. Agents deserve to get paid....the same way that you deserve to get paid for the job you do. Respect that.