Zillow Advice: Buying Process - Buyer Agent Commission http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Buyer-Agent-Commission/525942/ Zillow Advice | Zillow Real Estate You could get your friend ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Buyer-Agent-Commission/525942/ You could get your friend to write up the offer and shepherd &nbsp;the deal, but mixing friends and business can be tricky. They often seem to feel like you should put up with more bs, yet they provide less professional service than they would to their straight client.<br/><br/>What about looking into a <a href="http://www.redfin.com/real-estate-agents/texas-houston" rel="nofollow">RedFin agent</a>? They would offer you a partial rebate, allow you to avoid the friend traps and would not have the potential conflicts of the listing agent. You sound like a smart buyer so you might be able to negotiate a rebate directly with the listing agent of 1-2% if you feel comfortable negotiating yourself. That can carry greater risk, but some people choose to do if they are experienced. Mon, 27 Jan 2014 17:37:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Buyer-Agent-Commission/525942/ 2014-01-27T17:37:00Z The commission split is usually ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Buyer-Agent-Commission/525942/ The commission split is usually 2 to 3% for the buyer's agent and the state where you are buying has to have the law in place. Most likely you will be required to sign an agreement. Feel free to visit our site for a list of real estate companies that offer the rebate.Please check with your states Real Estate commission to see the state's rules and regulations for the home buyer's rebates. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 01:27:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Buyer-Agent-Commission/525942/ 2014-02-19T01:27:00Z Thanks for the best answer ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Buyer-Agent-Commission/525942/ Thanks for the best answer and I'm glad the information helped. Good luck with your home search! Tue, 28 Jan 2014 17:39:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Buyer-Agent-Commission/525942/ 2014-01-28T17:39:00Z Thanks everyone for your ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Buyer-Agent-Commission/525942/ Thanks everyone for your insight. Thank you sunnyview for introducing me to redfin. I think I will ask listing agent if she/he willing to rebate if we do not bring any agent in. If she does not want to then, I will probably get redfin agent to show us the house and negotiate. I want to offer opportunity to the agent friend but he could get me wrong and can sour friendship. Also it is hard to ask a friend to put everything on the paper. Also he works under&nbsp;coldwell banker agency so he might have to ask his superior to approve etc. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 17:17:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Buyer-Agent-Commission/525942/ 2014-01-28T17:17:00Z The co-broker earns their ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Buyer-Agent-Commission/525942/ The co-broker earns their commission when they write up a contract that's acceptable to the seller and carry it to completion. Otherwise, the listing broker has earned it.<br/><br/>The "carry it to completion" part, however, can be tricky. The advice of a skilled agent who is willing to advocate for you may provide a worthwhile alternative to an agent that perfunctorily checks off their duties - especially if you enlist them early in the process, when you can examine properties together and discuss the options with each other.<br/><br/> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 02:25:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Buyer-Agent-Commission/525942/ 2014-01-28T02:25:00Z Dept of Justice Anti-Trust ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Buyer-Agent-Commission/525942/ Dept of Justice Anti-Trust Division Web Site/Real Estate<br/>TEXAS<br/>"Allows brokers to offer rebates to consumers" <br/><br/>"Texas law requires real estate brokers to accept and present offers and counteroffers and answer their clients' questions in every real estate transaction, even if consumers do not wish to buy these services"<br/><br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.justice.gov/atr/public/real_estate/states-map.html">What are the laws in your state?</a><br/><br/>Perhaps you might be interested in the information provided by the DOJ about options (Rebates ect.) available to consumers <br/><br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.justice.gov/atr/public/real_estate/index.html">New business models are emerging that allow consumers to save thousands of dollars when they buy or sell a home</a><br/><br/>I agree with Sunnyview "You sound like a smart buyer"<br/>Shop around..ask ask<br/>It's YOUR Business Transaction ....Shop Smart &amp; know your options<br/><br/>Happy Hunting <br/><br/><br/> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 18:55:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Buyer-Agent-Commission/525942/ 2014-01-27T18:55:00Z RedFin? I heard of the site ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Buyer-Agent-Commission/525942/ RedFin? I heard of the site before. But I did not know they have such service. I did the search and found redfin.com/buy-a-home/refund. About 1% refund on the house I am looking at. Better than nothing. I am going to do more research and see what others say. Thank you.&nbsp; Mon, 27 Jan 2014 18:14:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Buyer-Agent-Commission/525942/ 2014-01-27T18:14:00Z I actually would think twice ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Buyer-Agent-Commission/525942/ I actually would think twice about using a relative or friend for this type of deal. I would interview buyer agents and pick the most qualified for the job. Mon, 27 Jan 2014 17:51:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Buyer-Agent-Commission/525942/ 2014-01-27T17:51:00Z Re: Shawn Ownens"You do realize ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Buyer-Agent-Commission/525942/ Re: Shawn Ownens<br/>"You do realize you are asking advice from agents and brokers about how to avoid using our services so you can haggle a seller to receive a lower price?"<br/><br/>Who better to ask? I am really looking for advise on how to proceed. I may have no choice but to go traditional way and pick a lucky buyer agent and hand over 3% commission. But I won't be happy. So as professionals here, may be you guys can come up with another type of service that can serve people like us charging what you deserve and making the customers happy all the same. If I am going to buy a house for 500k, I should feel happy doing it. I just don't think old model of this seller/buyer agent things going to work out well for future generation of buyers and technology improvements. I really hope people of this industry can adapt their services instead of operating cartel like business. Mon, 27 Jan 2014 17:47:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Buyer-Agent-Commission/525942/ 2014-01-27T17:47:00Z First of all, I am sorry ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Buyer-Agent-Commission/525942/ First of all, I am sorry I was not responding some replies here. I could not find my own post :) on zillow. Secondly, I am sorry that I may have overstated..... when I say "we found the house". I just stated as a scenario that I would be facing soon. In fact there are two houses we really like so far. One is open house visit and for the another house, we only have called seller agent and asked about information I could not get online. We have not even seen that second one yet. <br/><br/>I wanted to know how to start before I start it. I am very well aware of the fact as soon as I asked seller agent to show the house without out own agent, I cannot bring in my own agent just to split the commission. I believe it is unethical except in open house visit.<br/><br/>When I purchased first house, I just called seller agent who showed us the house one time and got full commission. I don't want to do it again since I believe there are some conflict of interest for the seller agent when it comes to negotiation.<br/><br/>Also I am not sure if any agent deserves 3% commission when we did not need any agent to shop around. We have been looking for bigger house for about 6 months. We are not rushing to move to new house. We are really taking our time to get perfect one especially when we have kids going to a school. So we really do not want any pressure from any agent and we don't want any agent to wait 6 months for us to decide. So when I find a house, I don't feel right to pick one lucky agent and give 3% commission if I can use it as leverage to reduce our purchasing price.&nbsp;<br/><br/>I am sorry to disagree with some advise of needing buyer agent to shop around in today market. I can find houses online. I can look up appraisal district for tax information, I can look up school zoning map, I can look up crime map, population data, GIS map for any hazard around the area. I believe title company will take care of ownership issues. I can find bank for the loan. So in my case, I am not sure what buyer agent could do more. Please don't get me wrong, I am sure seller agent deserve his/her part of commission for all the work. I just don't think he/she deserve that other 3% in our case. Mon, 27 Jan 2014 17:32:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Buyer-Agent-Commission/525942/ 2014-01-27T17:32:00Z