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Who Pays The Realtor Fees: Buyer Or Seller?

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Who Pays The Realtor Fees: Buyer Or Seller?

Who Pays The Realtor Fees: Buyer Or Seller?

Real estate transactions can be a lengthy and complicated process, especially if you are a first-time home buyer. It’s important to know what’s expected of you throughout the process so you can avoid any deadlines or lose out on closing costs. This article will discuss who pays for realtor fees in a sale transaction.

Depending On Whether You’re A Buyer Or A Seller, You May Be Responsible For Paying The Commission Fees To Your Agent

If you’re a buyer, the seller typically pays the commission fees. This means that you don’t have to pay out of pocket for your realtor’s services. However, there are some cases where it might be beneficial for you to pay a portion of the commission fee yourself. For example, if you choose an agent who has specialized expertise in selling homes in your area or has a stellar reputation as an expert negotiator, that may be worth paying extra for!

As for sellers, most agents follow what is known as “dual agency”: they represent both parties (the seller and buyer) during negotiations until one party accepts an offer from another person or company. In this scenario, both agents are compensated by receiving their respective commissions from each party – so basically, everyone wins!

The commission for sale prices between $200,000 and $500,000 will typically be 6%. For example: if your home sold for $400,000, you would pay $24,000 in realtor fees. This amount would be split between your listing agent ($15k) and buying agent ($9k).

If your home price were above $500k, then it would likely fall into a category known as luxury homes that command higher commissions of 7%-8% or even higher depending on market demand (and whether or not you’re looking at one of those newfangled mega-mansions). For example: if your home sold for $1 million dollars then you’d still only owe 4% because that falls into their “luxury” range—even though they still technically have enough money left over after paying their own agents’ commissions ($40K in this case).

This type of payment structure works for two reasons: First, it incentivizes agents to show as many homes as possible because the more homes they see during an open house or walk-through event, the more likely they are to find someone who is interested in buying; second, it incentivizes agents to work hard on behalf of their clients so they can close sales. If you’re thinking about selling your home in the near future but want to avoid paying a lot of upfront costs like realtor fees or commission splits with other sellers/buyers involved in your deal (which may happen if there are multiple buyers), then read on!

Sometimes Both The Buyer And Seller Contribute To The Realtor’s Fees

You might have noticed some extra charges on your closing documents. These realtor fees come from both the seller’s and buyer’s sides. A typical real estate contract has a line that says, “Seller to pay commission.” The amount of money in this section is what the agent will receive for selling your home.

Sometimes it’s not just one agent who gets paid; sometimes, it’s two agents! If two agents are involved in a transaction—usually one representing each party—then both will be paid their respective commissions by their companies when they close on the property sale or purchase. But don’t worry, that doesn’t mean you’ll be paying more; usually, any additional costs associated with having multiple agents involved in a single transaction are absorbed by those companies as part of their overhead expenses.


We hope this article has helped you better understand realtor fees and whether or not the buyer or seller should pay them. Thank you for taking the time to read our post! If you have any questions about anything we discussed today, please feel free to get in touch.

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