What many consumers don't know is that there are no "set" commissions in California. By law they are "negotiable". What has happened (just like any other industry) is that these commissions have settled in at 5 or 6% (depending on the Broker/Office). Another option is a "Flat Fee" service (which I do) where the consumer is paying for the "service" regardless of the price of the home. These types can save you listing commissions, BUT you must be careful to find someone who offers (and executes) FULL SERVICE. This would mean: comping the property, high-quality photos, MLS, full disclosure package, signage, marketing (internet, print, newpapers, quality flyers), negotiating the best price, open houses, taking the entire transaction through the escrow/inspection process. I say this because many consumers don't understand that selling a home is so much more than just the MLS. I hope this helps!