Tanya, the answer is yes and no. The realtor can request the commission and you can say no. Or you can say yes. The choice is yours. You seem to be under a common mis-understanding however. You seem to think the realtors' only job is to show your home to their client. There is so much more to bringing a transaction to the closing table and buyers, especially first time buyers, often want to work with a realtor for that very reason. The realtor assists the buyer in negotiating the terms, they are there during home inspection and help the buyer to determine what isssues raised during a home inspection are critical and which are not. I think lf realtors as an orchestra leader, they watch over the entire process, from contract negotiations, home inspection, title search, mortgage commitment and on and on whenever there is an issue it is the realtor who acts as the 'problem solver'. So, if a buyer has decided to use a reatlor to help them navigate the process, in my opinion they have made a wise decision. Were you to list your home for sale with a seller's agent, that agent would do the same for you. And if you do not wish to pay a reator for all the work they do on behalf of that buyer or for yourself that is entire ly up to you. But please remember, it is a lot of work and, personally, I think it's a bargain.