Are buyer's agent bonuses unethical?

  • Buyers who find out about buyer's agent bonuses might find them distasteful -- or, at worst, unethical.
  • Some homebuyers want to trust their sellers. A bonus offered to the buyer's agent can kill that trust.

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There was one property my husband and I looked at during our house hunt that we really loved. It wasn’t perfect, but it was close enough — and charming enough — that we were willing to seriously consider it. Then something happened that, as a consumer, completely turned me off from that home.