Understanding Realtor Fees And How They Fit Into The Overall Cost Of Selling

If you are looking at selling your home, then you will have questions or concerns at some point. The price you pay the real estate agent is probably one of your first thoughts. This cost is different for every seller, so how do you know what you have to pay to sell your house? Agent prices can vary because of the area, price of the house, and additional items. The best way to know what the broker expects you to pay is to ask for a listing agreement says Bankrate.

Party Responsible For The Agent Commission When The House Sells

Realtor tells us that the seller is most typically the person who pays for the real estate transactions. A larger portion of the commission can go to the selling firm, or it can be split evenly between the seller’s brokerage and the buyer’s company. The agents get a commission of the money the real estate business gets from the split.

How Much Is The Commission?

Redfin says that you pay about five to six percent of the cost of the home when selling your house. So, if your home has a value of $200,000, then you should expect to pay around $12,000 in commissions. The money is shared between the firms and a cut goes to the buying and selling agents from the part each firm receives. The final cost that each broker gets depends on the costs of business supplies like photographs, messages, listing fees, and other out-of-pocket costs that are the responsibility of the agent until the house sells.

Who Pays Closing Costs?

The buyer is often the responsible party for this fee. Many buyers will ask for sellers to cover the fees when the home price is higher than they want to pay. The final decision is up to each party. When the market is crowded, sellers find that covering the closing costs is an excellent motivator to finding a buyer quick. When the inventory is low, the seller can often hold out for multiple offers making it more likely that a buyer will pay the closing fees.

Ways You Can Negotiate A Broker Commission

You can work with the buying party to negotiate a different commission split or percentage. Some firms will not negotiate. Most companies do not charge for homes that do not sell. You can ask for buyers to cover more or less of the cost if you do not want to split it down the middle too.

These tips can provide you with help for selling your home and how property transactions work. With some of the money you save, you can plan for dream purchases at events like the Annual Hawaii Island Living & Design Show and other functions that will allow you to make the space a stunning retreat or showplace. These festivals give you some excellent ideas for making your place an inviting house after you sell your current home.

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Annette Mejia, Realtor Broker
Annette Mejia, Realtor Broker

"Everything Annette did for me was from the heart"

As someone that has spent her whole life feeling lucky to work with people in customer service, I vowed then and there to help people like you and me have the experience they deserved when moving to The Big Island. Because let’s face it, this should be the start of the happiest, proudest, and most peaceful period in your life!

For 15 years I have been helping people make the most out of life and real estate on The Big Island and I would be honored to do that for you too. I look forward to meeting you!

Warmest Aloha,
Annette Mejia

Live On The Big Island