It’s easy to look at how much you can save by hiring a cheap agent. The only problem with that is you tend to really get what you pay for.
An agent who has no belief in their worth or hasn’t got the skill to negotiate their own commission, in most cases, do not possess the skill set to negotiate the best price for your home. They, in most cases, get a result, though how much money are you leaving on the table with someone who hasn’t got the incentive to ask for more. Even worse, the cheap agents who you pay the cheap commission upfront before they even start work… This is probably the worst of all. They’re cheap, they know it and they have their money… Not much left to do except make the owner take whatever offer comes by.
The saving in commission from one percentage to another is minimal and when you start to talk to more competent agents, you’ll distinguish the difference between a good operator and someone with no self-worth. A few thousand extra dollars with a skilled agent will probably see that investment paid off quite easily with dividends.
Don’t be fooled into believing we’re all the same. Be prepared to take an average result with an average agent or invest your money into the incentivised agent and make sure you get every dollar out of your buyer.