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.