Marlon, Both Buyer and Seller in Santa Clarita, CA

What is the current realtor's fee for selling a house?

Asked by Marlon, Santa Clarita, CA Sun May 26, 2013

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Hi Marlon,
We are all independent contractors, we are not told what to charge a client to list a home by our Brokers, it's negotiable. Our RE/MAX of Santa Clarita office let's each agent set the commissions on it's listings. If an agent tells you it's set by their Broker, run! Everything about the CA Residential Listing Agreement is subject to negotiation ie; how many days you would like to have it listed for, price, how it's shown, length of escrow, rent backs etc.

If the property is on the higher end some agents will tell you they will not take less then 3% to list for their commission due to their marketing expenses and their sphere of buyers they personally have, you could expect to see 3% list agent, 3% buyers agent totaling 6% . On entry level homes and condo's you may see anywhere from 2.5%-3% a total of 5% for both commissions.

Bottom line it's up to you and your Realtor to come to a mutual agreement on what you would like to offer for commissions.

One last frequently asked question by both sellers and buyers I hear all the time is; who pays the commission in a transaction? The seller of the property pays for both sets of commissions, because the seller is paying the buyers agent to bring a buyer to the listing.

If you would like to learn more about the services the Ricco Sells Home team from RE/MAX of Santa Clarita offers all of our sellers give us a call 661.803.2093, we also have references that we can provide. Take to look at our website, especially our seller's page it gives you an idea what it takes to get a home sold in Santa Clarita Real Estate market, see the link below.

- Jennifer Ricco
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun May 26, 2013
I have several comments for this thread:

1. Bravo Alan!!!!
2. "Oy" to many of the responses - I cringed as I read them
3. To many of you - please read up on ANTI- TRUST laws asap!
4. to those who knew enough to say: "All commissions are negotiable" and then put a PERIOD on their sentence, without any caveats.....good for you !

4. ditto what Alan said

Marlon - agents really can't (although some don't understand this) discuss specific commissions, especially in a public forum. You see, it can be seen as an attempt to set prices......EVEN if there was NO intent to do so.

The mere hint of saying commission X or Y is "standard or typical or usual" might cause someone else to alter what they charge, and implies there are industry "standards".

There are no set fees, and each agent and/or their company can decide what to charge.

You really need to speak one-on-one with a few local agents.
Ask for a written marketing plan so you see what they will be doing on your behalf.

And, as far as the "you get what you pay for" mantra some use.....that's not always true - sometimes you do not get what you pay for (know any agents who charge "full" commissions but aren't very good - post terrible photos, don't return calls promptly? etc - well, I do)........

So you need to interview, ask questions and see it all in writing in order to compare and contrast what is being offered to you..

Best wishes!
2 votes Thank Flag Link Mon May 27, 2013
Marlon the best bet for you is to interview a handful of local experts and see what each individual Realtor is charging. We are all independent contractors and charge different commissions, there is no set price in advice to you is call agents and interview until you find what's right for you! Best of luck!

Best regards,
Alex Meguerditchian
DRE# 01902441
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue May 28, 2013
There are simply no "standard" Realtor's fees for selling a house, in California, Illinois, New York, nor anywhere in the U.S. of A. by legal mandate. Having a fixed rate among Realtors and Agencies is a Sherman Anti-Trust violation, plain and simple.

So the agents who've stated that "the average commission is usually X%", or "should receive no less than X%", or "they will not take less then X%", are just patently wrong and potentially violating the law by saying so.

Commissions are negotiable (by law). Now, that does not mean that each and every agent will negotiate their commission. Each of us determines how much we need to charge (to make a living) based on the services we offer. There are agents who offer fewer services, and others who go over the top, and their rates will vary... even within the same agency. Some will negotiate... some will not. But there is no "current, standard, normal, average, usual, regular, going" rate. Period.

Interview a number of agents, and ask them what they charge, and what services they provide based on those services. Make your decision accordingly.

Good luck.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon May 27, 2013
Alan May, Real Estate Pro in Evanston, IL
Commission is negotiable. Some companies also have their Realtor's charge a fee for processing. The agent can either absorb it or pass it on to their client.
Please keep in mind you get what you pay for. I would interview 3 to 4 agents to find out their commission scale, experience, and marketing strategy. You can hire a discount broker but you will get discount results.
I charge a fair commission and get my clients results. My online and offline marketing techniques are some of the best in Santa Clarita. My last listing sold $50K over list and the one before that for $25K over list. You get what you pay for. Choose wisely and do your research.
Good Luck.

PS: You are doing a loan mod or short sale it should cost you absolutely nothing.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun May 26, 2013
Hi Marlon

Like it was mentioned by other Realtors- commissions are negotiable. Are you interested in selling? Would you like a free estimate of current market value on your property? Contact me directly at 818-903-2040. Or, visit

I sell in the Santa Clarita area.

Sara Mehrpouyan
Rodeo Realty
Direct phone 818-903-2040
dre license #01712757
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun May 26, 2013
As pointed out below, commissions are negotiable. However, most companies have a set fee structure and if you want to negotiate that down the agent must get their broker's permission.

There are many companies who charge less, but most of them generally also offer a reduced service level. Interview several local reputable agents/brokers and pick the one who suits you best.

Best Regards,

Lance R. King
Founder-Managing Broker

King Realty Group
Cell: 415.722.5549
License # 01384425
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun May 26, 2013
Realtor fees are negotiable. You should contact a few and compare fees and the services that you get.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun May 26, 2013

There are no set fees real estate regarding commissions. Everyone charges something different depending on the services they offer. Make sure before you hire real estate agent that you understand what their idea of "full service" is. It's amazing to me how some of my fellow colleagues use that term and do absolutely nothing to promote the sale of your home. The old saying that you get what you pay for is true. Make sure you're getting value for your dollar and higher the person who you feel is best suited to help you get from point A to point B in the real estate transaction.

Best of luck,
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon May 27, 2013
There is no specified amount although there are very strong norms. Here in San Diego, the average commission is usually 5%...and I would bet that it's similar in your location.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun May 26, 2013
There are 2 sides to the commission & you will determine what you wish to offer each side. The side bringing in the offer should receive no less than 21/2% & the side representing you will be determined by mutual agreement. I would love to meet to discuss value, marketing plan & commission structure. You have 33 years of local knowledge at work as a benefit!
Tony Lewis RE/MAX of Valencia
Cell - 661-510-7975
Web Reference:
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun May 26, 2013
Depending on the level of service. Most agents will charge 3% for the sellers side and offer 3% to the buyers side. Some agents will go to 5% with a split 2.5%/2.5% but may discount the level of service they offer... just depends on your situation and who you hire.
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