Editor's note: Every few years, Realtors and their commission structure come under scrutiny and it is happening again now. In this three-part series, we examine whether commissions are going up or down and what's adding pressure to the debate. (See Part 1 and Part 3.) Discounting may still be taboo to some real estate professionals, but a lot of full-service sales agents offer discounted services – at least for some of their clients, some of the time. Agents have said that they might offer lower rates to a client who is working with them for both the sale of their current home and the purchase of their new home, for example, or give a break to friends, longtime clients or family members. Some industry professionals claim that lowering costs for real estate services will drain qu...
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