what is standard commission seller will pay to buyer's agent?

Asked by violet7blue, Mercer Island, WA Fri May 25, 2012

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Anna M Brocco, Agent, Williston Park, NY
Fri May 25, 2012
What is your agent agent advising...commissions are always negotiable, there are no set standards...
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Suzanne MacD…, Agent, Morristown, NJ
Fri May 25, 2012
Hi Violet - the correct answer is, all real estate commissions are negotiable. I know that probably doesn't help you, but that is the answer. Typically the seller pays the real estate commission to their agent and the seller's agent offers a portion of that commission to the buyers' agent. Buyers are not, in any way, responsible to pay a commission unless they have some sort of separate agreement with their agent to do so but that is very rare. If you are a buyer, you should have no worries about commission. If you are thinking of selling your home, however, my recommendation would be to interview two or three real estate agents and go over everything with them, find one with whom you feel comfortable and confident and hire them to help you. Your biggest concern should not be commission but, instead, getting the dollars you need to accomplish your goal in selling the home.

Good Luck!
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Mark, Agent, Oceanside, CA
Fri Mar 11, 2016
In the state of Washington, the best way to find out the current average real estate commission rate is to put the Realtor fees out on the open market and let the Agents bid for their commission fee. They will be bidding collectively the total of the Listing Agent side and the Buyer's Agent side. Commission fees are negotiable and can vary by zip. We find the best way to compare commission fees is to reverse-auction them. That is why we created ListingBidder.com; a free service for Sellers who can invite agents to submit their marketing plan and commission structure. It is a patent pending process that is saving Sellers thousands.

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Ben Paulus, Agent, Kirkland, WA
Thu Aug 16, 2012
3% seems to be a typical percentage these days
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Dan Tabit, Agent, Issaquah, WA
Fri May 25, 2012
Violet,
Commissions are a hot topic. Company A says, "I'll do it for less" Company B says, "You get what you pay for" another company tries something else. Commissions are a fact of business; it's how we as agents get paid. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you consider all of your options.
1. A commission is only paid to the listing or selling broker if a deal is agreed to. As brokers we put our money up front in terms of marketing, gas, preparation, etc in anticipation of achieving results.
2. Commissions are competitive. Ask your agent what your competition is offering the buyers agents. If your home is less competitive than others, some agents will not show it or if they do may persuade their clients to offer on other homes where the commission is higher. This may not be appropriate but to deny it happens would also be inappropriate.
3. Paying more or paying less does not guarantee results or savings automatically. There are companies or individuals who "sell low commissions" as a means of earning business. Sometimes a reduced commission can save, but not always. Other companies or individuals infer greater service and charge more, but don't always live up to the concept.
4. A great agent/broker is worth more than just their commission. They will save you more than whatever fee you pay, keep you safe, keep you legal, get you sold in less time and at the top dollar possible.
5. A bad agent/broker will cost you more than just a commission with lost sleep, legal, ethical and moral dilemmas that are entirely avoidable. They may not get your home sold and if they do, following their advice may cost you time and money.
Find the best available agent to represent you and keep track of the buyer's agent and you will do well. I hope this helps.
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Jirius Isaac, Agent, Kenmore, WA
Fri May 25, 2012
You have a lot of answers already & I am sure that you now know nothing is normal. What is fair depends on so many circumstances, that an answer to that questions is next to inpossibe without a lot more information.

Good luck, Jirius Isaac
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Kary Krismer, Agent, Renton, WA
Fri May 25, 2012
Joe is correct. I would also add that the the commission depends on what type of property is being sold. For example, the commission rate might be higher on raw dirt.

Interesting though that you didn't ask the question for the listing agent.
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Joseph Runfo…, Agent, Staten Island, NY
Fri May 25, 2012
There is no standard commission!, .Each real estate company is free to set its own fee schedule and to negotiate various rates with individual buyers and sellers. Any agreement between two different firms to set standard rates, however, is a serious violation of antitrust laws. Violations occur when competing firms agree to act together, this is what the US Justice Department calls restraint of trade. There is no set fee, fees are negotiable.
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Steve Quinta…, Agent, Albuquerque, NM
Fri May 25, 2012
The most common commission I have seen is 3% of the sales price.
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Roland Vinya…, Agent, Sprakers, NY
Fri May 25, 2012
I have not seen a buyer's agent get paid more than half of the commission, whatever that happens to be. Sometimes, he gets less. And there are (far fewer) times when he gets paid only by the buyer (that is our policy, for which we have good reasons). In that case, it is something you work out between you and your agent. Usually, it is worked out between agents and would not be a concern of yours..
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