You asked what the typical Seller's and Buyer's agents commissions are in this area. The agreed on commission for selling a property is negotiable between the Seller and the Agent, and could depend on many factors. If I just blurt out a commission, that could be considered "price fixing", a big no-no.
Buyer's Agents can also negotiate their commission, depending on the situation. Since it's part of our MLS rules that agencies offer a co-operating fee, Buyer Agents will sometimes agree to accept the stated (shared) commission listed in MLS. Since this is paid from the Seller's proceeds at closing, the Buyer would not owe a commission. Some folks prefer to pay their Buyer Agents a flat fee, most or all of which will be covered by the commission as listed in MLS. I've also seen more than one instance where the Buyer's Agent accepts the co-broke as listed PLUS an additional bonus an incentive to negotiate the price and terms for the Buyer (remembering that the lower the price is negotiated, the lower the commission will be). What I'm trying to say is that there is no one set way that Buyer's commissions are paid.
That said, I can tell you that it's most common to see co-broke commissions that range between 2% and 3.5% of the sale price. Some Listing Agents split their commission 50/50, and others don't. That also is negotiable, and the Seller determines what the split will be. Their Agent can offer their opinion, but in the end, it's the Seller's decision
Your other question regarding the home buying tax credit is how I understand THAT particular program to work. However, the other tax credit (10% of sale price/max. 8K, with no payback) program may or may not be better for you. If you meet the fed's guidelines for one or both programs, I would suggest speaking to a tax professional to see which would be best for your particular situation. Here's a great website that has all the facts:
If I can be of any assistance in the buying or selling process, you are welcome to contact me at your convenience with any of the contact information below. In any case, I wish you all the best!!
Valerie Cloutier, RealtorÂ®
MA & NH Real Estate Services
Accredited Buyer Representative
e-PRO Certified 2008
Innovative Realty, Londonderry NH
800-746-8448 x424 Toll Free