Zillow Advice: Buying Process - What's a fair price to pay my Realtor if the seller won't pay the Realtor commission? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What%27s-a-fair-price-to-pay-my-Realtor-if-the-seller-won%27t-pay-the-Realtor-commission/412140/ Zillow Advice | Zillow Real Estate Realtor's do have to make ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What%27s-a-fair-price-to-pay-my-Realtor-if-the-seller-won%27t-pay-the-Realtor-commission/412140/ Realtor's do have to make a living but in these situations I tell my clients that if they refer me to friends and family in the future and always keep me in mind for services if they ever need me again then all is good. It truly is about making sure the client is happy and finds a home that fits them no matter what the circumstance. Thu, 18 Aug 2011 21:36:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What%27s-a-fair-price-to-pay-my-Realtor-if-the-seller-won%27t-pay-the-Realtor-commission/412140/ 2011-08-18T21:36:00Z SteadyStateI felt the same ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What%27s-a-fair-price-to-pay-my-Realtor-if-the-seller-won%27t-pay-the-Realtor-commission/412140/ SteadyState<br/><br/>I felt the same about a thread a month or so back..it was from the other side. (Wish I would have bookmarked it)<br/><br/>A Seller doing an FSBO felt they wanted to know if they should offer Buyer Agents a Commission so they'd tell clients about his property...<br/>Agents you see posting..It's FREE for the Buyer..The Seller Pays showed up and said<br/><br/>Factor it into the Price, it what we tell all our clients/Sellers to do..Set your price and add 3%/other expenses so the Buyer covers your costs<br/><br/>Then they went back to other threads and said...<br/>It's Free for the Buyers...The Seller pays<br/>LOL Thu, 18 Aug 2011 21:34:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What%27s-a-fair-price-to-pay-my-Realtor-if-the-seller-won%27t-pay-the-Realtor-commission/412140/ 2011-08-18T21:34:00Z I agree - they're definitely ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What%27s-a-fair-price-to-pay-my-Realtor-if-the-seller-won%27t-pay-the-Realtor-commission/412140/ I agree - they're definitely a cost for the buyer. I never tell them I'm free, how would I justify my existence? I explain what I do, how I'm paid, and I define my value in the services I provide. It creates loyal, knowledgeable clients and helps me sort out the duds or tire kickers. Thu, 18 Aug 2011 21:22:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What%27s-a-fair-price-to-pay-my-Realtor-if-the-seller-won%27t-pay-the-Realtor-commission/412140/ 2011-08-18T21:22:00Z I believe this thread should ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What%27s-a-fair-price-to-pay-my-Realtor-if-the-seller-won%27t-pay-the-Realtor-commission/412140/ I believe this thread should be archived and referenced whenever any irresponsible agent says that REA fees are at no cost to the buyer! Thu, 18 Aug 2011 21:08:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What%27s-a-fair-price-to-pay-my-Realtor-if-the-seller-won%27t-pay-the-Realtor-commission/412140/ 2011-08-18T21:08:00Z I've been persuaded...Well ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What%27s-a-fair-price-to-pay-my-Realtor-if-the-seller-won%27t-pay-the-Realtor-commission/412140/ I've been persuaded...<br/>Well put and I find myself in total agreement .<br/><br/>TU and I nominate Bradley for Best Answer<br/><br/>PS..I like shasta_steve's post also,,appreciate hearing your take on things<br/> Thu, 18 Aug 2011 20:20:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What%27s-a-fair-price-to-pay-my-Realtor-if-the-seller-won%27t-pay-the-Realtor-commission/412140/ 2011-08-18T20:20:00Z If all the agent has done ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What%27s-a-fair-price-to-pay-my-Realtor-if-the-seller-won%27t-pay-the-Realtor-commission/412140/ If all the agent has done is show you 7-8 houses in a year, and hasn't explained commissions (including finding a FSBO), nor exclusive agreements, has done no negotiating, and has done nothing to help make sure the deal is carried through smoothly, then he hasn't done anything to earn a commission and shouldn't expect anything. A thank you card a small gift card would be above and beyond in my opinion. <br/><br/>Being a real buyer's agent is much more than showing you houses and slapping a contract together. Buyers deserve to be educated about the entire process they're going to be going through, understand everything they're signing, understand pricing, commission, negotiating, legal disclosures, etc. It's a job like any other, and compensation should only be due when work has been performed. Thu, 18 Aug 2011 20:01:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What%27s-a-fair-price-to-pay-my-Realtor-if-the-seller-won%27t-pay-the-Realtor-commission/412140/ 2011-08-18T20:01:00Z My position is you do not ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What%27s-a-fair-price-to-pay-my-Realtor-if-the-seller-won%27t-pay-the-Realtor-commission/412140/ My position is you do not owe anyone anything.&nbsp; I know that the agent spent time and if you feel like you should give them something then more power to you.&nbsp; The way I see it your agent tried to find you a property and you tried to use the agent to find that property in good faith.&nbsp; It just did not work out.&nbsp; If you would have found a house the first day, as I did once, or found&nbsp;a house and then hired an agent, as I have done twice, would the agent have given you a discount because they did not have to do much?&nbsp; I know none of mine ever did.&nbsp; To me it is just part of the business.&nbsp;&nbsp; <br/><br/>Another thing to remember here is your agent probably works for a broker.&nbsp; There is a very good chance that he will have to split the commission but if you just pay him he will probably get all the money.&nbsp; I do think it shows very good character that you are thinking of your agent and to tell&nbsp;you the truth in your situation I would probably want to give my agent something too.&nbsp;It would not be anywhere close to 3% though.&nbsp; Thu, 18 Aug 2011 18:37:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What%27s-a-fair-price-to-pay-my-Realtor-if-the-seller-won%27t-pay-the-Realtor-commission/412140/ 2011-08-18T18:37:00Z It does seem like your Realtor ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What%27s-a-fair-price-to-pay-my-Realtor-if-the-seller-won%27t-pay-the-Realtor-commission/412140/ It does seem like your Realtor has put a lot of time and effort in. You should compensate him with something. 2.5% - 3% is standard, as you mentioned, but it is all up for negotiation. Thu, 18 Aug 2011 18:05:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What%27s-a-fair-price-to-pay-my-Realtor-if-the-seller-won%27t-pay-the-Realtor-commission/412140/ 2011-08-18T18:05:00Z I think that the Realtor ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What%27s-a-fair-price-to-pay-my-Realtor-if-the-seller-won%27t-pay-the-Realtor-commission/412140/ I think that the Realtor has earned the right to some compensation. Obviously had the purchase gone through the traditional channels the comission for his firm would most likely have been 3%. Since the Realtor did not assist with the contract and has no liability I think that 1.5% would be fare and equitable for both parties. By the way I just want to commend you for your ethical position in the matter. As a Realtor myself I wish there were more people out there like you. Good luck with your new home! Thu, 18 Aug 2011 16:37:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What%27s-a-fair-price-to-pay-my-Realtor-if-the-seller-won%27t-pay-the-Realtor-commission/412140/ 2011-08-18T16:37:00Z Building a commission into ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What%27s-a-fair-price-to-pay-my-Realtor-if-the-seller-won%27t-pay-the-Realtor-commission/412140/ Building a commission into a sale price would be a great thing to do. However your realtor should have broached this issue prior to an offer being submitted. Definitely $50 or $100 would in my opinion be half insulting, kind of a "thanks, I gotta give you something." Keep in mind this guy has been searching and doing market studies the entire time. Many people don't understand or appreciate the behind the scenes time invested. The best thing you can give him/her is simply refer him/her to everyone you know and if he/she has any websites drop some good feedback for others to see. Thu, 18 Aug 2011 16:13:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What%27s-a-fair-price-to-pay-my-Realtor-if-the-seller-won%27t-pay-the-Realtor-commission/412140/ 2011-08-18T16:13:00Z