Paying realtor commissions

Is there a law that the ‘seller’ must pay the realtor commission. Can it be negotiated for the buyers to purchase the house at a lower price and they pay the realtor commission?

Asked on August 24, 2016 under Real Estate Law, Missouri


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

If the seller contracted with the realtor, then the seller is the one legally obligated to pay the realtor. Furthermore, the seller's commision is a percentage of the home sale, so if you lower the price, you are reducing her commission, which may cause issues if she believes you are collaborting with the buyer to defraud her--the realtor could potentially sue. 

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