not a realtor, but in general you'll get what you pay for - if a realtor feels like you are getting their services on the cheap, then the marketing of your property will likely be on the cheap - my suggestion in this market is research and find the best realtor out there in your area. the 1 or 2% will likely be a quicker sale for a better price than if you went with a flat fee or someone that is willing to discount the listing just to get the business
Do all require 6-7% or are there agents out there that dip down to 4-5%?
You usually get what you pay for. Lets say you list for 5%. Your listing agent will split it with the buyers agent 50/50. When showing houses the buyers agent will look at what % they will be getting(it shows this on the MLS). If they are showing a bunch of houses that are similar, the agent is less likely to show yours if there are similar houses paying a better percentage.
Sounds like a bunch of realtors replying...
We tried for four years to sell our house, tried FSBO, tried a 3% listing that sucked, tried a 7% listing that sounded good, but didn't even get an offer, finally found a guy who ran his own private realty, only charged us 4% to sell, 3% to buyers agent, 1% for him. He then waived that 1% for himself since we used him to buy our new home. He sold our house.
So just find a good agent.
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