who typically pays the commission-buyer or seller?

Asked by Cg, Naples, FL Sat Mar 5, 2011

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Mark Tyler, Agent, Naples, FL
Thu Jun 6, 2013
All the standard contracts in Naples call for the seller to pay _all_ commissions, so if anything else happens you've gone off the beaten path. Nothing wrong with that, but there it is.

As a practical matter, even though the seller pays, you may be sure that he considered that cost in the price of his property, and after all it is the buyer who writes the check.

Those two facts almost make the question, "who pays" irrelevant, although looking at sell side of the closing statement, which seller would agree with me? ;-)

The two questions that are really important are: did I pay/get a fair price, and was I well represented?

Mark Tyler
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Scott Godzyk, Agent, Manchester, NH
Sat May 25, 2013
The seller typically pays the commission unless as a buyer you have made other arranagements to pay your buyer broker direct.
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Mark Weber, Agent, Naples, FL
Sat May 25, 2013
In Naples, Florida the Seller typically pays the real estate commission. The only time I've seen the buyer pay the commission is when there is a buyer's broker agreement where the buyer agrees to pay the commission when they purchase a property if the Seller won't pay it. Sometimes this happens when a buyer purchases a For Sale By Owner property (FSBO), but more often than not the seller of a FSBO agrees to compensate the buyer's broker. Of course each real estate transaction is unique and anything is possible.
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;, , Riverhead, NY
Sat Apr 30, 2011
Who PAYS it. The seller "pays" out of the real estate fee at closing (which the buyer finances, or includes in a cash offer, if a price is agreed to)- The fee is usually included in the price offered by the seller, so the buyer pays it- the seller provides it in the purchase price, for the buyer to accept, or not.
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Marc Comisar, Agent, Bonita Springs, FL
Mon Mar 7, 2011
Seller typically pays......negotiated when listing the property for sale.

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Dallas Texas, Agent, Dallas, TN
Sat Mar 5, 2011
Seller pays the commission when you sell any property you own in the future you will pay all Realtors fees

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Corelli Gie…, Agent, Naples, FL
Sat Mar 5, 2011
Most often the Seller pays. The contract to list the property with Seller/Broker would state that the Seller pays the commission, but the Seller may request that the buyer pays.
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Jodi Sherret…, Agent, Houston, TX
Sat Mar 5, 2011
Typically, it's the seller.
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Spirit Messi…, Agent, Tucson, AZ
Sat Mar 5, 2011
Every transaction is different and there are different ways this can go down. However, "typically" the sellers pays for both sides of the transaction. Best of luck.
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John Juarez, Agent, Fremont, CA
Sat Mar 5, 2011
In most cases the seller pays their agent per the listing contract and that agent shares the commission with the buyer's agent. There are exceptions. The buyer could have an agreement to pay their agent. For more detail you should consult a Realtor in your area.
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Ken Lowe, Agent, Naples, FL
Sat Mar 5, 2011
In most cases the seller pays the commision and the agent working with the buyer recieves a cobroke commision of 50% of the total. This can be varied in many ways. The selling agent can offer a different split in which case it is a variable rate commision structure and should be disclosed.

In some cases an agent or broker acts as a buyers broker and recieves direct payment from the buyer under the terms of a Buyers Broker agreement, This is more common in commercial transactions than residential but does occur in residetial as well.
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Carmen Badan, Agent, Naples, FL
Sat Mar 5, 2011
In a traditional real estate transaction, the seller pays all commissions.
At a t an auction, a buyer pays buyer's premium and commissions are paid from that amount.
I hope this helps.

Carmen Badan Foege
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Nicola Wakel…, Agent, Naples, FL
Sat Mar 5, 2011
The seller pays the commission if there is a question and the buyer has signed a buyers brokers agreement...then in some cases the buyer will pay the commission.
Any other questions please call
239-398-0028 or email rae@raewakelin.com
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