Yes Jill all commissions are negotiable. However you need to evaluate what you are receiving for the fee. I as a business man look at the over all picture. If I am guaranteed additional transactions from that individual or referrals they give me currently, I am inclined to work out a suitable commission arrangement. All of my clients receive the same service no matter what the pay.
The type of agent you should seek is one that puts your needs above their own. Every agent has to negotiate the way they see fit with their fee, does not mean you have to accept. EG. We have agents in my locale spending a lot of money on magazines and newspaper ads. This is a complete waste of money in which they will convince you promotes your property. How many people do you know personally Jill who either buy newspapers or pick up Homes magazines these days?
The agent you choose, your local Multiple Listing Service, and Internet exposure are the keys to selling Real Estate today. You might want to consider a 4% fee so the listing agent can offer a 2% co-op fee to any selling broker. That way you receive the best exposure and save money as well. You do not want to discourage other agents from showing your property.So the listing agent has to take a serious cut if you only agree to a 3% commission when another agent needs to be paid. If your listing agent sells the property themselves, 3% could be doable. However the majority homes sold are through cooperating agents.
Best of luck to you Jill, we all want to save expenses today,