Real estate agents expected to collect $55 billion in commissions this year

Home sales have fallen throughout most of the country, but real estate agent commissions appear to be holding steady at just over 5%, according to a new report by

The total amount of commissions paid to agents and brokers dropped this year as home sales tumbled. Agents are expected to collect $55 billion in commissions this year, compared to about $65 billion in 2006, $68 billion in 2005 and $61 billion in 2004.

Americans paid $19 billion more in commissions in 2007 than in 2000 largely because of the surge in home prices during the boom. But Realtors aren’t celebrating. The number of agents ballooned during the boom when business was plentiful. These days, listings often linger for months.

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