Third and Long wrote:
My guy tried to tell me that it's the "seller who pays the broker/agent commissions".
99.9 % of the time this is true, he's the one getting the money so he pays....don't know where you would get the fact the buyer pays commission...I wouldn't buy your house if I was the buyer and you came up with that...it's a buyers market my friend, not the other way around
He's coming from the POV that the price would be 6% cheaper if the greedy realtors didn't have their grubby paws in the middle of the money exchange.
wow...let's see what happens when he tries to sell the damn thing on E bay or on beyourrealtor.com ....there are reasons why these people make what they do, they are performing a service, the agent that lists the house puts the money up front to market the house and brings the buyers to the house, you don't have to go through a realtor, but most people like the idea of a professional covering their backsides especially when 100's of thousands of dollars are at stake..
realtor's are like lawyers, you have to have them sometime in your life and they provide a service best handled by them, if you don't , then you heard the old saying " a man who is his own lawyer has a fool for a client", I hated the fact that I spent all the time/money to take a fixer upper and sold it for more than I paid for it, no realtor was there with paintbrush or on the roof with me but that's the way it goes..