The Realities of Real Estate Commissions

avatarthumbnail.jpgWeekly stats will be coming up within the next 90 minutes or so … they were delayed for two reasons. First, I was in Westbrook Village this morning showing both casitas and apartments at the Enclave to some nice folks from Washington.

And second, I spent about 45 minutes working on a post over at Agent Genius. It seems the good folks at Inman News have decided to dedicate the month of February to an examination of the future of commission-based real estate. This seems to be an almost annual event and one that ignores the fact that if you don’t want to pay what I happen to charge, there are many alternatives available.

What always has amazed me is the presumption that a real estate agent’s 1099, only by dint of being a real estate agent, is open to public scrutiny usually reserved for elected officials. Sadly, a commission check isn’t pure profit – far from it – any more than the $1.89 you plunk down at the gas pump goes straight into the owner’s pockets.

Making that argument, though, is futile; those who believe agents make too much money for what we do always will believe that. Others who have attempted the do-it-yourself route and said “never again” don’t believe the argument now and don’t need to be swayed.

In any event, I invite you to grab a beverage and take a look at the 1,400-word novella that I completed over there. I tend to think that if nothing else, it makes for a rather insightful read.

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Jonathan Dalton

Jonathan Dalton is a 40-plus-year resident of the Valley and has been helping folks buy and sell homes since 2004. He can be reached at 602-502-9693 or info at


  • myrtle beach condos 9 years ago

    ive always had an issue understanding, if the seller is paying the buyers agent too, how can the buyers agent truely represent the best intrest of the buyer

  • Jonathan Dalton 9 years ago

    It’s not all the difficult to do, actually. My responsibility is to get the best deal possible for my client and that’s not really dependent on who is writing the check, since the check only gets written when both sides agree and close.

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