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how much is the average cost to list a home?

home is in the 140k to 160k range , how much does it cost to list with an agent
  • April 11 2012 - Hagerstown
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The cost will range based on the commission structure and the services you will require to get the home sold. The bulk of the expenses to list a home are taking on by the listing agent. No one gets paid until the home goes to closing. That beings said, the commissions can range from 7% to 3%. All this is based on what you expect your Realtor to do in getting your home sold. These are variables. Nothing is written in stone. Good Luck...
  • April 17 2012
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If you use a real-estate agent, any fees or cost for advertising that they incur will be from the commission that will be paid from the sale of the home. Typically this is 6% of the final sale price. So out of pocket, to the seller, Zero.  
To get professionals to stage your home, get septic or any other inspections (so you are not surprised), even purchase food for an open house that you may do as a buyer, that will be a cost that you can discuss with your agent for suggestions, however that will cost something out of your pocket. 
  • April 16 2012
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If you are talking about Flat Fee I've seen $200-$500 depending on the Services provided
If you are talking Commission then that is Negotiable and various Agents/Agencies charge various %'s/Fees & use different Business models..Full-Service/Discount/Partial Services

Remember.....You are hiring/interviewing and they are Selling Services
Shop around..Shop Smart

Here's some info on Commissions, Rebates, various Business model choices/options to choose from and State Laws provided by the  Department Of Justice Anti-Trust Division

New business models are emerging that allow consumers to save thousands of dollars when they buy or sell a home

Good Luck
  • April 12 2012
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Dear bsnoots,
Commission fees are negotiable with all brokerages so it depends upon what you work out with your agent. I advise you to set appointments with a few and hear their listing presentations and make a decision based upon who will do the best/most work to maket and sell your home.
Normally whatever you pay your agent they will split that money in half with the agent who brings the seller to  your home. Unless you are doing extensive magazine marketing, there is not normally an "upfront" fee charged.
I I agree with Cindy, the house has to be in saleable condition which will mean some work on the homeowners part.
  • April 12 2012
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Your agent may ask you to do some things to your home and yard that will make it easier to sell, but all of these things are ultimately your decision. Some agents (good ones) often won't take your home unless you are willing to do these things and/or list your home at a competitive price for your market.
  • April 11 2012
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No most agents do all the advertising and absorb all the costs of selling until they get to collect their comission at closing.
  • April 11 2012
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Is there usually an up front fee charged?
  • April 11 2012
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You can (and should) interview at least 3 agents. Each of them will explain their comission, present their plan to market your home, and show you what they think your home will sell for. They will also explain what you would net if your home sells for that price. There can be other costs to consider as well.

They will be happy to do all of this in hopes of earning your business if you decide to sell.
  • April 11 2012
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Typically, an agent will base their fees on a percentage of the sales price - sometimes, they charge a flat fee. That said, there really is no set price. Some agents and brokers charge more than others.

If you were charged based on a fixed percentage of sales price, I would say that you should expect a fee in the range of 6-7.5%. I'm basing this on what you're saying your home is worth.
  • April 11 2012
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