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Do I have to pay a realtor commission if they bring a client to my home when I sell by owner?

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July 11 2012 - Webberville
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FSBO owners are never obligated to pay a commission to a buyer's agent unless that agent presented you with an agreement to show the house and a predetermined commission was mutually agreed. More times than not, a buyer's agent will bring an acceptable offer before an unrepresented buyer will present themselves.
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What would be reasonable for seller to pay a buyers agen?t
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October 03 2013
The Buyers can pay for the commission to the agent in this case. They hired him, not you. This is not always the case however... It also depends on the state of the market....
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March 27 2013
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I agree with you, even from the buyers side.  It puts the buyer in control and allows them to contract for professional representation instead of being almost forced to buy through a commissioned salesperson, calling themselves a "buyers" agent/representative. It also makes the buyers portion of the real estate agents commission truly negotiable and solving the longstanding issue with collussion on real estate agent commission rates.
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July 11 2012
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Thank you for all the help. I didn't think I would be obligated and feel that I am more than capable of selling my own home with the help of my attorney. I feel that the buyer is the one they represent, not me, so why am I to pay for their representation?
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July 11 2012
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No, but not offering the buyers agent any commission puts the buyer in a the position of paying their own agent directly if they have an agreement and may limit the number of showings you get from other buyers agents with interested clients.
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July 11 2012
Have is such a strong word. In real estate, the agreement of terms are negotiable. The only time that you would HAVE to pay them is if you have a signed agreement with the agent stating that if they bring the buyer you will pay the commission. 
Please note that if the buyer sends you a contract to purchase your home and has it worded or checked that you will pay the agent their commission then this too would be valid. 
Ultimately, if you are choosing to sell by owner you should ALWAYS seek legal counsel prior to signing anything or creating any legal documents. There have been times that it will come back and bite you if you don't "CYA" cover your assets!
Here is some more info as well as a article about pro's con's to selling your home yourself.  http://bit.ly/Nog19k
Hope this helps!
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July 11 2012
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No, a FSBO does not have to pay a buyer's agent commission.     However, you should have this clearly called out in your advertising materials and be prepared to negotiate on the subject.  
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July 11 2012

Prior to bringing the client thru the home the agent should negotiate his or her commission with the owner.  Please be sure to get the negotiated commission in writing.   

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July 11 2012
It all depends....probably not....the realtor should have negotiated that with you prior to bringing a buyer to your property.  In most cases the realtor has an agreement that the buyer will pay a specific commission to the agent in the event of this situation.
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