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Listing agent vs selling agent

by Gretchen Peoples 05/06/2024

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The world of real estate can be challenging and a bit confusing at times. Hiring a real estate agent is a great way to navigate the real estate market in your area. 

Before hiring an agent, you need to assess your needs. First answer, do you need to acquire a selling or listing agent? What will the commission fees be? What kind of personality and experience do you need to make the process as coherent as possible?

Listing agent vs selling agent 

If you want to sell your home, consider hiring a listing agent. Listing agents represent the party selling a property. They will promote your home and find the right ways to make your property more competitive within your target market. 

A selling agent, also known as the buyer’s agent - which may sound counterintuitive, acts on behalf of the potential buyer to buy a property. A seller’s agent will do research on local properties that best suit the buyer’s budget and search criteria. 

Until the contract is signed, this agent is referred to as a buyer’s agent and post-contract signing, they are referred to as the selling agent. 

Commission fees

The selling agent commission price may seem daunting. However, paying this fee ensures you have a proficient real estate professional on your side to help navigate the legality of real estate transactions. 

Once a property is sold, the home seller pays the brokerage of the listing agent. The brokerage will then give the listing agent a portion of the commission fee. The national standard commission rate hovers around 6% total for buyer and seller agents. 

Finding your perfect real estate agent

Whether you are searching for a listing or seller agent, it is important to assess their credentials and make sure their expertise fits your criteria. Do they understand your local market? Are they a good negotiator? Can they market your home for the best price to get it sold quickly, so you can continue with your journey? 

Overall, the cost of hiring a listing or seller's agent is worth the expense. Both of these real estate agents will mediate between the buyer and seller and keep the situation calm when emotions run high. 

About the Author

Gretchen Peoples

I have been a full time Realtor in Brunswick County since 1994, after moving here from the Charlotte area. Prior to that, I graduated from UNC Chapel Hill and worked as a press photographer in Fayetteville and Monroe, NC. It has been wonderful living and working in this community and raising my family here. I feel a little bit guilty for enjoying sunrises and sunsets over the ocean while friends inland can only see that while on vacation! I hope I can help you find your own bit of paradise here at the coast! I have always made every effort to treat clients as I would members of my own family... with honesty, integrity, and the benefit of my considerable experience! Let's see how I can help you!