Are commissions negotiable?
Fact: Real estate brokers’ commission rates are not regulated in any state and are ALWAYS 100% negotiable.
Surprisingly, many people think that real estate brokerage commission rates are “set” in their area and they must pay a specific percentage of the sales price to the agent in order to get their services. This is absolutely not the case. In fact, you can pay whatever you and the agent have agreed upon.
What is a “Fair” amount to pay for real estate commission?
“Fair” is whatever you and the agent decide is fair, and just as you are not under any obligation to pay more than you want, the agent is not under any obligation to do business with you if they are not going to earn what they expect.
What will most likely happen is Buyer’s agents will have what’s called a Buyer’s Agency Agreement with their clients. This agreement will guarantee them a certain commission.