Real estate commissions/brokerage fees are highly negotiable, as are levels of service--particularly in the San Diego real estate market. Here, you will be able to find fee-for-service brokers where you pay a set fee for predefined services--or contingency based services, where the agent or broker is paid only if the property is successfully sold.
What appears to be occurring in San Diego is that commission rates seemed to drop when the market was strong, listings were moving quickly, and needed little more than a sign and a listing in the San Diego MLS to be sold.
During the past couple of years, though, the San Diego real estate market has tightened considerably. It generally takes much more time and effort to sell properties--and we are seeing higher sales commissions being offered to the selling agents. In addition to time and effort, it also takes increased skills for the real estate professional to market, scrutinize buyers, and carry the sales transaction to a successful closing.
If you would like to discuss San Diego brokerage fees in greater detail, please feel free to give me a call at either 877-818-8197 or 760-402-9101.