Broker and Listing Agent real estate commission vary greatly depending on the type of property they represent. There are many different types of properties and many different types of Realtors. For example, a residential home broker may make more or less than a commercial agent who represents a condo building. However, there are other factors that determine commission rates, such as the location of the agent and whether or not the agent participates in the Multiple Listing Service (MLS).
How much commission Realtors earn also depends on whether or not they enter into a listing agreement. Listing agreements may help the real estate agent to get more clients because the listing agent will be paid by the property’s seller, meaning that the seller pays the listing agent. A typical listing agreement gives the listing agent a percentage of the closing or sale price of the property. In this agreement, the seller pays the listing agent to cover that agent’s expenses for advertising the property and other fees and expenses plus the profit that the agent will make. The buyer’s agent is also paid by the seller, meaning that the commission paid by the seller pays both the listing agent and the buyer’s agent for their services.
Some agents make a set amount of money from each property sold. These types of realtors are far less common, but do exist. They are known as flat fee agents or discount real estate agents. Commission rates usually depend on the sale price when the property is finally sold and is based specifically on the percentage mentioned in the listing agreement. Different states have their own definitions of commissions, which can include minimum amounts and total amounts for each state.
What is a Commission
A real estate commission is simply the money paid by the seller to the real estate agents when a property buyer completes the purchase of the property in question. In essence, it is an administrative fee that must be paid. The fee generally is divided between the buyer’s agent and the seller’s real estate agent, also known as the listing agent. However, more specifically, the commission is actually divided into four parts. That’s because each real estate agent works for a real estate broker or brokerage. The agents and their respective brokers will have a standing agreement in place for what percentage of the fee goes to each party. So the fee for the person selling the home is still the same, but is divided between four separate parties. Usually the broker and agent split their share 50/50.
How Much is a Commission
It can be confusing to understand all the commissions, fees, and rules involved in Real Estate Commission fees. However, by knowing a few basic facts, one can begin to understand these rules and begin to negotiate in earnest for the right fee structure. Most often, this commission fee ranges from five percent to six percent of the total sale price and is divided between both the listing and buying agents (the listing agent also represents the property for which the listing is being given out). Usually, the commission fee will be 50/50, but it can vary depending on a number of factors. The division of commission will be pre-determined and explicitly laid out in the listing agreement.
How Commission is Paid
First, let’s take a look at how a seller pays his or her real estate commission fee. When a seller wishes to sell their property, he or she goes about it in one of two ways. They already know a realtor via family, friends, or personal experience. Or, they start doing their research to find someone they would like to work with. Either way, after the selection is made, they contact the real estate agent to inform them of their intent to list their house on the market. Most agents have a standard commissions they use unless there are extenuating circumstances that may justify a change. Sellers are not required to pay anything up front to list their home. The agent only gets paid if they actually sell the property. This incentive insures the agent’s interest is in line with the seller’s.
In the long run, the seller will pay the real estate commission fee because the agents will actually be putting in a fair amount of time and energy into looking to sell a home. This is not at all that complex and if the seller will most likely just with the a real estate agent that has a good reputation. The commission is paid via check on the day of closing and usually comes from the title company who handles the transaction. This way the seller cannot stiff the realtors after the closing.
Another way to save on your next purchase is to avoid hiring “in person” sales agents and instead contracting with online real estate brokers who can serve as your “real life” virtual sales agents. Brokers represent many different buyers and can provide a wealth of knowledge about properties in your area that you wouldn’t otherwise have access to unless you called all the local agents yourself. Using these online services is a great way to ensure that you find a great home to buy without wasting valuable time that you would have spent contacting individual agents.