Car vs Home Buying: The Buyer's Agent Difference

Car vs Home Buying: The Buyer's Agent Difference

  • Taylor Berry
  • 05/13/24

When you're in the market for a car, it's hard to not feel like a rookie up against seasoned pros, no matter how experienced you are. No buyer's agent to have your back, just you against the sales team. It's a whirlwind of research, dealership hopping, and tense, maybe even nerve-wracking, negotiations. You can't help but reckon it's you opposite the enemy, eyes narrowed, trying to see through those inflated prices and slick sales pitches.

And let's talk about the recent National Association of Realtors (NAR) ruling. Suddenly, it seems like maybe having a buyer's agent for real estate isn't as crucial as we thought. But hold it right there! Think about it in car-buying terms. Wouldn't it be a dream to have someone on your side, scouting out the perfect vehicle and haggling down those sticker prices? Unfortunately, that's not the reality in car lots, and yeah, it's a headache.

In both car and home shopping, you're swimming in a sea of information, trying not to drown. A buyer's agent? They're like your lifeguard, swooping in to save the day. They'll scope out properties when you can't, keep you on track with the process, and even dig up info on features and repair needs. It's like having a personal assistant for your house hunt!

But with this NAR shake-up, things are changing, especially when it comes to how buyer's agents get paid. There's this misconception floating around that agents are just chasing the biggest payday. Let me set the record straight. In my good few years in the real estate industry, the commission structure has been very consistent. The standard in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills is 5%, not 6% as so many outlets have reported, and that very rarely varies. The way it's been is each brokerage, not agent, gets paid out the 2.5%, and the agent gets anywhere from 50-90% of that after the brokerage's cut depending on the price range of the home and their contract with the brokerage. This pay structure has been far too consistent to result in any sort of steering buyers one way or another. Sure, there might be some shady characters out there, but most agents? At the end of the day, they're in it for their clients.

Why should you trust real estate agents are in it for the long haul? Because we thrive on building relationships, not just closing deals. That's why we'll happily tackle leases, even if it means a mountain of paperwork for a modest payout. Because who knows? That renter today could be a home buyer tomorrow. That home owner today could be a seller tomorrow.

Do not skip out on a broker. Having someone in your corner can make all the difference. Car buying doesn't come with advocates, but lucky for us, real estate does. Although changes in how realtors do business are sure to come, the power is still in your hands to work with the best and ensure you have someone who has your back. So, let's squash those doubts and celebrate the support. 

If you're a buyer, seller, landlord or renter, reach out to Rochelle Atlas Maize at [email protected] today or by filling out the contact form on this website. Our expert team is here to help.


Rochelle Atlas Maize is Beverly Hill’s Leading Luxury Realtor and has helped hundreds of buyers & sellers in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, resulting in over $3.5 Billion in closed transactions.

Follow Us