dave, you bet your life you are paying the commission. You pay the seller and in turn money ends up as commission to the agents. Where did that money come from? YOU! The more buyers wake up and realize that all money flows from the original point - the buyer, the more you can equalize your standing in the process. All the talk about how it is the seller paying the commissions is nonsense and doubletalk.
First, who in their right mind would risk nearly 2 million dollars, with all the potential to sway the purchase price with an agent paid by the very people who benefit from you spending more and not less? Times are changing, slowly but buyers are waking up and seeing through the mirage of commissions and who pays for what. Without you giving money to seller, there are no commissions, period.
A buyer can simply pay their buyer's agent commission directly and in the offer state as much, stipulating that the offer is net to seller minus any commission seller pays their own agent. It isn't hard to do and no, the seller agent doesn't get to keep the buyer agent's commission. That is more doubletalk, fabricated by real estate agents to make sure agents get more commission.
You can pay no more than 1% in a lot of cases for a house of this price. When you read the comments that will follow about agents not willing to accept that, never mind, plenty others will.
Write your offer with the help of an attorney to insure your offer is properly written. An offer with contingencies written by a real estate agent is barely defensible if things go badly and end up in court or mediation. Get smart, shop what you think is a good commission.
Asking a real estate agent what a commission should be is the same as asking the car dealer what you should pay for the car. Guaranteed to be too much.