Commission is paid for real estate transactions. Many people don’t understand how commissions are paid. They are bothered only about the cost of the commission. In this article, Dc Fawcett, a real estate investor and educator, reviews how real estate commission works and makes you comprehend commissions.
What is a real estate commission?
A real estate commission is a fees paid to the real estate agent.
How much is it and who pays it?
A real estate agent’s commission is something which has to be paid by the broker. An agent works for the broker and the fees is paid by him. The broker makes a purchase agreement with the seller who then pays the broker along with the agent’s commission. A real estate agent’s fee is a percentage of the selling price and can be decided only when a selling transaction takes place. Now, who pays the broker’s fee? Is it the buyer or is it the seller? Well it is the seller who pays the broker’s fee.
Compensation for the real estate agent
A real estate agent is compensated anywhere between30% to 40% of the fees that the broker receives. Top class agents receive 100%
How is the money divided between the seller’s and the buyer’s agents?
Money for the seller’s and the buyer’s agents are decided according to a fixed agreement. Usually the percentage is equally divided. But in some cases one can get more than the other. In that case, the lawyer will do the needful. As stated before in this article, the broker pays the agent. The rest of the real estate fees are divided for marketing, office space and rentals.
Does the agent deliver as much as the fees?
When the home gets listed and then gets marketed very quickly, then the seller’s agent does not have much work. He gets commission for listing, fixing up the price and so on. This is just the basic work and he has not put in so much of efforts. The home has sold rapidly, luckily for him. But, he gets the commission as signed in the contract. On the other hand, say, a home does not get sold for a long time, even a year. Then the agent has to conduct many open houses, speak with so many buyers, keep abreast of market developments and effectively update marketing strategies. Also he has to bear the cost for advertising, signage and so on. In this case also, the agent receives the fixed commission only. So, this argument has a neutral side and you cannot decide on this.
Listing price commission
The listing price is the selling price. When the listing agreement is signed between the broker and the seller, the broker gets complete authority to market the home. When he does this, the agent of the broker brings a buyer for the seller. If the home sells, the broker gets a percentage of the list price as the commission. This is shared with the agent.