9 Thoughts on How can I get my real estate agent to drop the commision for selling my house?
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    Judy
    August 16, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    If you’ve already signed a contract, you almost surely can’t, If you haven’t signed yet, you might be able to negotiate it.

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    Landlord
    August 16, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    You have to ask. They can do it. I would advise you not to drop the commission for the buyers agent below whatever is customary where you are. A lower commission won’t help you save any money if no one is willing to show your property.

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    tentoes
    August 16, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    Once your boss is successful in telling you that he’s going to pay you less for doing your job, then you can approach the Real Estate Agent.

    I personally want to be paid for my work.

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    toledogolf
    August 16, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    In this market you really do not want to drop it. Give him 2.5% with a 1% bonus if it sells in 60 days. For the buyers agent offer 3% plus a small bonus (Best Buy GC for $ 500?). With housing prices falling everyone wants to cut the real estate agents commission to save money. You offer more money and they will work harder. Houses are not selling themselves right now so you need a motivated agent.

    Now your a buyers agent repping your couple. You see houses offering you 2%, 2.5%, 3% or 3% plus a bonus GC do you think that motivates you at all?

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    DannoREA
    August 17, 2011 at 12:17 am

    Negotiate with the agent. Commissions are not fixed, so you tell the agent what you will be willing to pay. If they’re not willing to work for that, find another agent who will.

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    acermill
    August 17, 2011 at 1:02 am

    You can ask, but it’s not a bright thing to do. Real estate commissions are split between listing agents and the agent who brings a buyer. If you reduce the commission, the offered share to another agent is going to be reduced also. Guess whose house will be the LAST on the list to be shown ?

    That’s right. It will be your parents’ house. With all the inventory out there to be shown, why would an agent work to sell YOUR house when he can make a higher commission on another ?

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    Rick A
    August 17, 2011 at 1:43 am

    The agents commission does drop when your price drops. I don’t think in this market its wise to scrimp on this part of selling your house. Maybe a different market but now you need all the help you can get.

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    frankie b
    August 17, 2011 at 1:53 am

    How can I get you to take less money in your pay check? If you signed the contract the you are stuck. Unless your Realtor is really nice.

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    Shawna Marie
    August 17, 2011 at 2:28 am

    You can ask the agent, but I wouldn’t suggest taking the agent that will “work the cheapest”. They spend a LOT of money on advertising the house FOR you, not to mention helping you with the contracts, the closing, the attorney, all of that. If you get a desperate agent that “will work for anything you offer”, then you’ll get what you pay for…a house that doesn’t sell.

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