A real estate commission is a specified charge, which is paid to the agent or the broker hired for the purpose of selling a house. To avoid being duped by paying unreasonable amounts of money as commission, it is advisable for sellers to study the market themselves and get to know the general range of commission rates first. In reality, the commission rates are never fixed and most of the states forbid the Real Estate Commissions from doing so. This means that the agents can quote any price they like as long as the customers are willing to comply with the demands. However, this does not imply that the customers are compelled to pay the stated rates; they have the option of negotiating as much as their negotiation skills allow them to. The competition factor between agents also helps keep the commission rates from soaring too high.
The rules of estate commissions
Usually the Realty companies set the minimum and maximum rates of commission and leave the finalization of the rate to the brokers. The agents however, are not allowed to discuss their company commission rates with agents of different realty companies. No realty company is allowed to advertise its rates to attract customers. The commission to be paid to the seller’s agent is decided when the listing contract is being drawn and the commission payable to the buyer’s agent is determined when the contract for the sale of the estate is being written. Usually, the total commission is divided equally between both the agents.
Tips to negotiate
Here are certain pointers for you to keep in mind when you try and negotiate the commission payable to you real estate agent:
Study and calculate the value of your home and draw an estimate of how much would be the ideal commission charge for that value.
Enquire about other homes in your area that have been put up on sale and find out how much those owners are paying their agents.
Keep a track on the market trends, whether it is favoring the sellers or the buyers. In case it is supporting the sellers, then the negotiation power lies more with the sellers.
Make a precise budget before negotiating the commission rate.
Before hiring an agent, make a background check to see if he is adequately qualified to carry out the job. Carefully observing the agents‘ weaknesses and use them to your benefit.
Discuss payment options other than straight commissions such as a flat fee or a dual fee. The dual fee states that a certain percentage will be paid if the house is sold for more than a specified rate.
In the situation where you do not manage to find an appropriate agent or broker, you can always sign yourself with a real estate firm that charges a flat rate instead of any percentage. Moreover, if your house is in a good condition and well maintained, you will not only pay a nominal fee for the sale procedure but also get a good value for your house.
It is advisable that individuals wanting to sell their house do not fall for tempting offers made by certain agents who promise to sell the house at a higher price, and in turn, charge a higher commission. The customers should also be wary of the agent who says that the value of the house is very low and would require a lot of effort and time to sell. These are just tactics to extract as much money as possible from the client.
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Source by Kris Koonar