In Maryland, who pays the real estate commission? Seller or buyer?

Asked by sam, Rockville, MD Sat Feb 9, 2013

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Rocsheen Hol…, Agent, Bethesda, MD
Sat Feb 16, 2013
Sam,

In Maryland, the seller usually pays the commission on both sides, however the buyer could possible pay to. Its all about how it is written in the agreement. Some realtors may only work for higher commissions and have the buyer pay the difference. However this should be known before you sign a buyers agreement
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Miekeba Jones, Agent, Silver Spring, MD
Sun Feb 10, 2013
Hi Sam, generally the seller pays the commission. It is possible for the buyer to pay a commission. As long as it is written in the agreement.
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Jessica Hood…, Agent, Gambrills, MD
Sat Feb 9, 2013
Hi Sam,

Commissions are always negotiable but in Maryland it is customary for the Seller to pay the full commission for both agents.
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Jody Seibert, Agent, Bel Air, MD
Sat Feb 9, 2013
Matthew's answer is correct, but in most cases, the commission is paid by the seller. The main exception to this is fsbo transactions, and even then, the commission can be negotiated. Another situation that arises, is when the buyer has signed an Exclusive Representation agreement with their buyers agent which sets a higher commission that the seller is offering. In this case, the buyer would be responsible for the difference. Hope this helps.
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Matthew T. S…, Agent, Perry Hall, MD
Sat Feb 9, 2013
Either party may pay the broker's commission. It all depends on how the brokerage agreements are structured with their clients.
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