Taking a hit is a bad choice of words in regards to a commission for services. I think the real problem here is that the agent has not done an effective job of explaining the benefits and expertise that we provide. Our job is not simply to find a buyer for a home. That is the easy part. We first provide detailed information regarding the current market conditions, and evaluate the property in contrast to that information. We then advise a home owner on where we should price the home to have a competitive edge vs. the competition. We take photos and write ads, and mail just listed cards, all without charging anything. This all comes at our expense. Then we follow up on showings, provide feedback, suggest improvements or changes based on that info, write more ads, do more follow up, etc. Then the buyer shows up. Our job is done right? No, it just started, we then have to make sure the seller is protected by having all the proper disclosures signed, that they are looking at all the possible problems that could arise due to inspections, and contingencies, and loan approvals. We then make sure that all inspections are performed as per contract, that the repair list or release of inspection contingency is removed, that loan application is made and all the documentation is provided, and that the termite letter has been ordered, and the appraisal has been ordered, and that the titlework has been ordered. Then we have to work out any problems that might arise with the title work, or the termite letter, or the septic letter, or the appraisal. Or anything else that could have happened due to inspection like find mold or fungus, radon, or lead based paint. All this is done with no money collected up front by the Realtor. Now, what do you think? Since the Realtor has already done the front end things, and advised on forms, helped determine price etc., would that be fair or just to do what you suggest?