The great thing about real estate is anything is negotiable. The standard rate for residential property is 6%. The seller pays all the commissions. The buyer's agent will take half of the commission you pay to the listing agent. Now, if your looking to move up, and you have a nice little cream puff of a house to sell in a preferred location, a listing agent would be wise to shave a little off the "sell side" to assist you in the larger "buy side". That way, you will see a discount on your listing fee but be able to provide the agent (who is now a buyer's agent) with a bonus commission by purchasing another higher priced home, with his/her help of course.