How Does Real Estate Commission Work?
- How do Realtors in Florida get paid?
- Who pays the broker fees?
- How do real estate commissions work?
- Read on and get the facts!
Anytime a home is listed on the Southwest Florida MLS (Gulf Coast) someone signs what is called a listing agreement. Inside a listing agreement, amongst other things, is a clause that lays out how much a LISTING AGENT (the agent selling the property) and the BUYER’S AGENT (the agent who brings the buyer) will each be paid. The seller of a piece of property pays out of their proceeds both the listing and buyer’s agents.
The structure of the real estate commission plays a large role in how Discount Real Estate Brokers can function. Since the seller pays the commission, which is then split between the buyers agent and the sellers agent, a discount real estate broker can choose to take a smaller percentage, while offering a competitive rate to the buyers agent.
All REALTORS that are members of the Southwest Florida MLS, through our system of cooperating brokerages agree to abide by the real estate commission split for a property based on that properties listing agreement. Simple right?
So what happens if you don’t have use an agent to buy your property? You should save money because the seller isn’t having to pay two agents right? WRONG!!!!!
Dual Agency in Fl
If there is no cooperating broker then the LISTING AGENT winds up making double the money because they wind up acting as a DUAL AGENT which means instead of each party having a licensed REALTOR advocating on their behalf you have ONE REALTOR acting as an advocate for both parties. Dual Agency is not legal in all states, but is very common in others. In Florida, dual agency is legal, but must be disclosed – read the Florida statute on dual agency.
Now is this a bad thing? Not always, some agents walk the tightrope very well between two parties but to make a legal analogy it’s like one lawyer showing up to represent the plaintiff and defendant in court and because of this in order to act as a DUAL AGENT both the seller and the buyer must agree to allow that agent to do so.
Find the right agent to sell your Florida home
So what should you make of all this? If you are searching for real estate, be it a house or vacant land, find a great REALTOR and use them! Find a REALTOR that is attentive to you, takes your calls, is knowledgeable about the area, communicates well, is loyal to you, and above all wants you to be happy. When a REALTOR is helping you beyond the sale you know you have found a SPECIAL, LOYAL REALTOR.
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When you find that special REALTOR be LOYAL to them! Loyal REALTORS work around the clock spending their time and money doing research and physically out searching for properties for their clients!
ABSOLUTELY DO NOT go around your agent because it will wind up COSTING you money because you will wind up dealing with a REALTOR who IS NOT loyal to you and DOES NOT have your best interest in mind.
Great REALTORS want to do a good job for you, we want repeat clients who become friends and recommend us to their friends and families.
Many call it networking but that cheapens what a great REALTOR does.
Great Fort Meyers REALTORS spend time and effort developing long term relationships with clients who become friends that we can be advocates for over and over again as they make some of the most important investment decisions in their lifetimes.
Allow those of us who care to be that advocate for you. Allow those of us who care to be that advocate for you. If you are looking top purchase a home or thinking about selling your home cheap, give us a call.
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