As a buyer, should I get a realtor or use 6% commission as discount in purchase price?

Charter yWTI88
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  • eBay brevity
    You can control 3% buyer side and not 6% (u can look for those selling using usell type services to cut this as well)

    Agents collude all the time and making it harder to do all by yourself. Try negotiating an agent to lower the commission
    Jun 6 1
  • Oracle safralions
    If you already had an experience in buying a house and know what needs to be done then you do not need a realtor. But if you are a first time home buyer I would recommend one. There are a lot of things that my realtor helped me with when I bought my house.
    Jun 6 1
    • Charter yWTI88
      OP
      Hmm yes first time homebuyer.
      Jun 6
  • Google nUXG81
    As a buyer or as a seller? As a buyer, if you have the opportunity to close without realtors then I would definitely do that. Such situations are rare though, if the house is already listed the seller is in a contract with their realtor and has to use them at that point. If you are looking to buy from a friend or something on an unlisted property then definitely just use a real estate lawyer and skip the commissions.
    Jun 6 2
    • Charter yWTI88
      OP
      As a buyer
      Jun 6
    • Google nUXG81
      Then not a lot of opportunities to buy without realtors involved unfortunately. Would have to be an off market deal with a friend of a for sale by owner home. Probably best bet is to find a buyers agent that will give you a commission refund. Redfin does this standard but it’s a fairly low refund; you can arrange a larger refund with a traditional agent pretty often if you ask.
      Jun 6
  • Compass zfHl76
    I’d say use an agent. It’s a big investment and if you have a good agent they are looking out for your best interest. I know personally I work on a big team at Compass and do a lot of transitions. I’m not looking at every-deal as a payout. I know it takes time but my clients end up happy in the end.
    Jun 6 0
  • Oracle / Eng sofakinghi
    Would depend entirely where you are located. Also will you be paying the buyers agent?
    Jun 6 4
    • Charter yWTI88
      OP
      Colorado. Nope.
      Jun 6
    • Oracle / Eng sofakinghi
      Then a lot of potential buyers will have to stay away if they have an agent already due to them having to pay the commission out of pocket.
      Jun 6
    • Oracle / Eng sofakinghi
      But if you think you can market it and are negotiable it is doable. Just be prepared for people to try and lowball you and keep level headed. A lot like negotiations for salary really.
      Jun 6
    • Charter yWTI88
      OP
      Hmm okay
      Jun 6
  • Symantec / Ops
    SymSnacks

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    Just realized you’re the buyer & deleted my comment in place of this:
    TL;DR: agents help make sure everyone wins (in a good deal) - they are usually worth it.

    As a buyer, having an agent is going to be in your favor as they will help make sure you’re in good shape throughout the entire process from search to close. If you have a seller that is offering you a 6% discount to avoid an agent, just beware there could be reasons behind that — seller is paying the 6% either way it sounds like.

    If you’re very experienced in buying homes and know what to look for and you could get away with it. But as it was noted earlier, as a buyer you really only control your end of the 3%. If The seller has an agent, he / she is going to take their 3%; at minimum they would take 1% for listing and brokering fees, but that’s fairly rare in my experience and usually reserved for seller-agents.

    Since you’re a first time buyer, I would highly recommend the agent for experience.
    Jun 6 1
    • eBay brevity
      Agent's services are overrated. They use standard comps that u can do by yourselves. They use their favorite inspectors and you pay them. House records are all available for a fee online and u can go to City office to get.

      Agents are thriving on their customers risk profile. There is no need for a tech savvy person to use agents.
      Jun 6
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      DuQvV7y

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      OP is the buyer
      Jun 6
  • Square mkfi54
    Yeah. Talk to a buyer agent who will put down their name and you ll do all the work. You ll get back 2.5% of their 3% or something like that.
    Jun 6 1
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      DuQvV7y

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      This is not always an option. Consult the relevant state and local laws.
      Jun 6
  • Google 1234-/:;(
    If it is your first time buying use a realtor. 6% on a house in Colorado is nothing
    Jun 6 0
  • Oracle / Eng sofakinghi
    Just saw you are the buyer too. You won’t get that 6%. If the house has a realtor they are using what happens is the selling agent gets to keep the whole 6%. If you have a buyers agent they split it down the middle. Not a real benefit of not having one.
    Jun 6 0