Agents Versus Investors: Costs & Fees!

Are you considering selling your Miami home?

Selling a property can be an exciting experience that (if the process goes smoothly) can bring a lot of satisfaction, especially if you need the money or are moving for positive reasons.

Don’t Forget About The Financial Costs!

Although it’s not always the case, listing, marketing, and selling a property through conventional methods means YOU will have to cover additional costs, commissions fees, and unforeseen expenses.

Knowing what you have to pay will help you decide whether you want to work with an agent or an investor! Luckily, this short blog addresses the issue and the different fees you have to pay when selling your property in Miami.

Agents┃The Different Fees You have to Pay

A real estate agent is essentially a middle man between you and the buyer. They represent your house on your behalf and will take care of most of the work:

  • List your property on the MLS
  • Advertise your property
  • Offer advice on how to get your property “market-ready”
  • Take responsibility for house viewings
  • Negotiate with potential buyers
  • Take care of the paperwork

Real estate agents are licensed professionals who arrange real estate transactions, putting buyers and sellers together and acting as their representatives in negotiations.


It’s no surprise that all this work, experience, and effort on their part leads to an expensive commission fee after the sale.

Commission fee┃A percentage of the property’s sale price.

In some ways, this is beneficial to the seller since the agent doesn’t get paid until they successfully secure a deal and sell your Florida house. However, reputable agents typically juggle more than one property and represent multiple homeowners (perhaps in the local area). This can slow the overall sales process down as; understandably, they cannot prioritize one property over the over.

The commission fee is usually 6% of the sale price.

I sold my Miami home for $100,000!


Commission Fee

There may be other fees you have to pay as well!

  • Advertising costs
  • Potential Listing fees
  • Agent’s Broker costs
  • Title Company fees

The list goes on and on. You can ask the agent about these and they should tell you.

Investors┃What Are The Different Fees You have to Pay?

This is the part that surprises most house-sellers!

For most investors, there are rarely any fees to cover. Investors will usually take care of all fees associated with selling.

Plus, investors are not agents! They’re not a middle man that represents your property. They’re not advertising or listing the house on your behalf. And that means there’s NO COMMISSION FEE!

Depending on who you work with, you might be responsible for closing costs. But, its different for each investor. Make sure you ask your investor upfront if there are any closing costs!

Unforeseen Agent Fees

There’s one more expense or cost that you might not be aware of:

Getting your property market ready!

When you work with an agent, they may ask you to do some work on the property beforehand. Depending on the condition of your home, you may have to extensively clean, redecorate, and even renovate your home before an agent will list it. Not to mention, you may need to sort out the exterior as well and tidy up the garden.

This all costs money! Plus, during this time, you have to cover monthly mortgage payments, bills, taxes, and insurance.

Although this is technically not an agent fee, it’s still an expense associated with choosing an agent.

This is not the case when you choose to sell to an investor!

An investor will buy your Florida house in AS-IS condition, and they’ll close quickly.

That’s right! Not only do you get a quick sale and avoid months of stress and worry, but you also don’t need to clean, redecorate, repair, or update your property before you sell.

If you like the sound of that, an investor might just be the option for you!

And that’s exactly who we are! At Sunshine State Buyers, we’re Professional Home Buyers based locally in Miami. Check out our website >>> We Buy Houses Fast Florida!

If you want to go over this in more detail or confirm that we won’t charge you any fees, then please get in touch and we’ll be happy to walk you through it.

Call our office at (305) 916-3328. A member of our team would love to speak with you and explain exactly how the buying process works.
Or, click here to fill out our short form. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible with a fast, fair ALL-CASH offer on your home.

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David Veras

David Veras was born in Hialeah, Florida and has been involved in Real Estate since February 2019.

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