Paying a Broker to Sell Your Home Faster

As houses are becoming harder to sell, some agents are charging more than the standard 6% commission to guarantee better results

Jim McCarty decided a year ago to give real estate agents an added incentive to guide buyers past the clutter of for-sale signs to his vacant four-bedroom house about 20 miles outside of Minneapolis. He agreed to pay his agent an 8% commission, which would be split (55%/45%) with the agent representing the buyer. Full-service agents in the past few years have been charging 6% commissions and frequently less. Discount brokers charge much less.

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