Hello S. F. Real Estate -
I understand your desire of wanting to offer lower commission so that you can get what you perceived as a good deal on your transaction - at least you think you are going to save something from the get go.
I have to say that your priority is wrong by looking only at the commission.
My assumption is that what you really want is the overall maximum profit on your sale and the house that meets and exceeds you needs and wants at the best price on your purchase.
So, what you really want is a full service Realtor who can offer the best service to you from both ends:
On the sales side - help you get your condo to the tip-top condition for sale, price your home correctly, do full out marketing for your home, negotiate on your behalf, help you each step of the way during escrow process; until close of escrow
On the purchase side, help you find the right property that meets or exceeds your needs and wants (physical attributes, community, location, school, commute, recreation, environment, much more), at the right place, negotiate for the best price. Also help you inspect the house, find the red flags, negotiate again for any possible repairs, help you throughout the escrow process.
At the same time, they need to be able to advise you on how to time and carry out the sale and purchase of your properties at this stressful time.
There is so much to what we offer. The net effect for years to come can be much more than the simple percentage you are so concerned about.
My newest listing is from a seller who met me at my open house (closing next week); we chat about discount brokers and their service (he did his own research also), told me that they really liked what I do but decided theyâ€™d go with their close, close, friend who offered a discount on commission. They ended up cancelling the contract, are now with me and extremely happy with what I am doing for them. The commission was hardly brought up.
BTW, my company is located in both S.F. and Marin and, of course, I would love to help you. Maybe the first thing you should do is to interview the Realtor on what he/she can do for you before asking what they will do with the commission.