How To Keep 100% of Your Real Estate Commission

The phrase “100% Commission Real Estate Brokerage” has been a popular trope for about 10 years. 100% Commission has taken on the meaning of a low-cost brokerage, typically where a licensee pays a small flat fee to the broker and keeps the rest of the commission. There are variations, but this the general idea.

It can be argued, from a purist standpoint, that 100% commission isn’t truly 100% commission because if a licensee has to give even $1 to the brokerage then it’s not a true 100%. While the term may not be a full 100% to the purist, it is very close to 100% and still far better than tradition brokerage splits.

However, there is a caveat to all this. A clever licensee can structure a transaction to where they keep the full 100% commission and not a penny less. I will show you two ways to make the broker fee a pass-through cost to the client so that they pay the broker fee rather than the licensee.

The first is on a listing agreement, when the licensee is a listing agent. Since there are variations of the transaction fee paid to the broker, we will use $500 as an arbitrary number for our example. Paragraph 3 of the listing agreement is where the licensee will put the listing fee percentage that is being charged. After the space for listing percentage there is the word “AND” with another blank space (see image below). In that space the licensee will put the amount of their broker fee. In the case of $500 the licensee can write something like “$500 broker processing fee” or “$500 brokerage administration fee.” This will cover the licensee’s transaction fee and allow the licensee to truly keep 100% commission.

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The other way to truly keep 100% of the real estate commission is with the purchase agreement. Paragraph 7  is the allocation of fees. Section D, lines 8 and 9 are generic blank lines where the licensee can check a box for the seller or buyer and then write in a fee. In the case that the licensee is representing a buyer they can write check the buyer box on line 8 and then write $500 “processing” or “administration fee” to Balboa Real Estate.

This will ensure the buyer pays the licensee’s broker fee thereby allowing the broker to keep 100% of the commission.

If you want to learn more about a 100% commission real estate broker that services all of California then please contact us at info@balboateam.com

 

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