Ask your real estate agent to charge less, and chances are, he or she will, according to a new Consumer Reports survey:
Forty-six percent of sellers CR surveyed attempted to negotiate a lower commission rate. Roughly 71 percent succeeded. The survey also found that sellers who paid commission rates 3 percent or lower were just as satisfied with their brokers’ performance as those who paid 6 percent or more, suggesting that haggling can’t hurt.
The survey, the results of which are in the September issue of Consumer Reports
, included more than 9,100 people who sold or tried to sell homes with real estate agents from 2004 to 2007 -- in other words, during both the boom and the slump.