Do you have to pay a realtor to look at houses?
If you aren’t ready to buy, you don’t need a real estate agent.
You can go to open houses by yourself and call listing agents for showings—but be honest.
Say you are “only shopping.” Look at homes online, but don’t waste an agent’s time if you aren’t ready to act.
Can I look at houses without my Realtor?
You can attend an open house, or call the seller or listing agent to ask for a tour. You should be clear with the listing agent that you are buying a home without an agent. If the listing agent asks you to sign any forms, have them reviewed by your attorney first.
Does it cost money to use a real estate agent?
The real estate agent commission is a percentage of the sale price. So the specific amount depends on how much your home sells for and varies by agent, but it’s commonly around 6% of the sale price. For example, if the home sells for $500,000, the real estate agent commission of 6% would be $30,000.
Can any realtor show any house?
Any licensed real estate agent can show any home listed for sale in the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). Real estate agents get paid their commission if they are considered the procuring cause of the sale. Erroneously, many agents think simply showing a home entitles them to be deemed the procuring cause in a sale.