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How much do I have to pay an agent to help me buy a house?

Updated: Sep 22, 2022

Home shoppers pay little or no fees to an agent to buy a home.

Here’s why:

For most home sales, there are two real estate agents involved in the deal: one that represents the seller and another who represents the buyer.

Listing brokers represent sellers and charge a fee to represent them and market the property. Marketing may include advertising expenses such as radio spots, print ads, television and/or internet ads. The property will also be placed in the local multiple listing service (MLS), where other agents in Pittsburgh (and nationally) will be able to search and find the home for sale.

Agents who represent buyers (a.k.a. buyer’s agent) are compensated by the listing broker for bringing home buyers to the table. When the home is sold, the listing broker splits the listing fee with the buyer’s agent. The listing fee is typically paid by the home owner at closing. Thus, buyers don’t pay their agents.


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