Even though relators say their service is free to buyers, it is not!
These days commission is anywhere from 3-7%. The buyers agent gets a % and the sellers agent gets a %.
Lets say you buy a 250k home. The seller will pay approx 15k in realtors fees. So the sellers only gets 235k for their home and you pay a 250k loan. So you are paying for the fees.
My last home I sold for sale buy owner. Just listed it on local free sites, zillow.com etc. I was able to lower my price by 6% and got 3 offers in one week, in a deciling market. Just being priced 20k lower worked and selling myself was easy. The buyer still called a home inspector, and apprisor. The title company held he money and did the paper work. I saw no reason for a realtor. The other part that was nice was the family we sold to came over several times before close and got to meet the neighbors, talk about schools and teachers, it was a very pleasant transaction for all everyone.
If you are looking for a home it is in your best interest to look on locals sites for for sale by owner, if selling at least try for sale by owner.
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