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I may have misunderstood your original comment, however, the commission is negotiated at listing. By the time a Buyer comes along, that part has already been decided. Can it be negotiated after the fact? Absolutely but those are few and far between that are. Further, most brokerage firms already have a set bottom line commission and wont take less than that due to overhead expenses such as advertising. This limits the Agent's ability to actually drop the commission unless they're willing to work practically for nothing. In today's market, most agents are already working with that bottom percentage anyhow. Is another agent willing to drop it, maybe but how effective is that agent going to be? Money talks. Further, There's already a contract set forth by the time a Buyer comes along. So the Seller is already bound by the contract, which means that the agent is the only one with the choice unless the Seller wants to wait til the contract expires and possibly miss out on a Buyer, just for the sake of a commission reduction, if the Agent refuses to drop it down. So, you see, it's not as easy as "another agent will."Either ways you see it, it's still an item that is paid out of the Seller's proceeds.
A Multiple Listing Service shall not: "Fix, control, recommend, suggest, or maintain any percentage division of commissions or fees between cooperating Members or Non-members.
REALTORS® shall not knowingly or recklessly make false or misleading statements about competitors, their businesses, or their business practices.This is not theoretical. An entire AZ Association of Realtors was brought to its financial knees by the Feds (back in the 80s?) because its members had discussed commission pricing.
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