That is an interesting question, almost a "trick" question, because as stated before, we are not allowed to discuss commission rates as stated earlier because of the anti-trust laws. I started selling back in 1986 and have noticed declining commissions ever since, yet the agents are doing equal work. In fact, in the challenging real estate market that we find ourselves in nowadays, the market time has tripled, our expenditures have tripled in advertising and marketing a home to get it to sell, so I am wondering why our commissions have not tripled? I can guarantee, that if you employ a good agent, they are worth every single penny! I work 7 days a week, never take a vacation, and it is not uncommon for me to work 16 hours a day, so I can guarnantee that you are definitely getting your money's worth out of me, This is a really tough market to sell a home in now. If the realtors are struggling, there is no way a For Sale By Owner is going to survive. You need to select a top producing realtor with proven track record, check on productivity records. The only way houses are selling now is with the very best agent marketing the home, plus a carefully matched listing price, plus prepping the home, painting, condensing furniture, cleaning, replacing light fixtures and maybe a kitchen countertop, possibly replacing carpet, and hiring a Professional Stager. Your house has to shine amongst the hundreds of other competitors!