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How are commission rates split?

So, the seller usually pays the commission for both agents, right? Who determines the commission rate for the buyer's agent? Can the seller's agent get 2.5% and the buyer's agent get 2%? Or is it always split evenly?
Asked By Tony . | St. Louis, MO | 44 views | Finance Legal Info | 3 weeks ago
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Jim Crawford

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate


I am not certain that all states are the same, but in PA, the commissions are negotiated and are specifically stated in the Listing Contract. There is no "standard", these are always negotiable.
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Chris Yochum

Dickson Realty


There is no "standard" in the industry. In general, commissions are completely negotiable and depends on the specific agent or brokerage. Often the seller wants to minimize how much commission is offered out to one of the agents or both, though keep in mind that the commission is really an incentive for each agent to perform. The less you offer out, sometimes you can save some, though the less incentive there will be. The more incentive there is often will mean more service, care, diligence, and better results. This isnt always the case but something to consider.
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Michael Hudson

eXp Realty

Usually depends on the policies utilized by both firms. Nobody actually determines the commissions received from a transaction.

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