In most cases, the answer is no. Agents will not pay "out of pocket" for the charges associated with selling or buying a home, which, in many cases, can be considerable.
However, I'm happy to say that our company has just the solution you're looking for--we call it the "Quiet Transaction"--meaning that a buyer and seller have found one another without marketing the home.
If you have a home to sell, and have a buyer, then we will coordinate all of the work for the seller for a low commission of one percent of the sales price of the home or $6000, whichever is higher. This covers the seller, and if the buyer would agree to be represented by another agent in our company, then the total transaction charge for the representation of the seller and the buyer is 2 percent (1 percent for the agent representing the seller and 1 percent for the agent representing the buyer). While we will not pay for any costs associated with selling the home (such as title fees, escrow charges, notary, transfer taxes, etc), the SAVINGS in commissions (which range from 3-4 percent or $21,000 to $28,000 for a home worth $700,000) will more than cover any out-of-pocket costs you may incur in selling your home.
Let me know if you are interested or need more information.
Grace Morioka, SRES
Area Pro Realty
Tel (408) 426-1616