An interesting question. Assuming you want someone to 'sell' the acreages rather than just 'list' the acreages, you first need to find an agent that will 'work' the properties, rather than just put up a sign and wait for the phone to ring. When you find the agent, just ask what his/her fees are. If you are more concerned about what the agent makes than what you net, you probably will end up with the discount brokerage house, where the 'sign' does the selling. Keep in mind that it might be in your interest to offer an incentive to everyone involved, i.e., the list agent and the sale agent usually split 50/50, so your position on the commission or professional fee affects both sides of the equation, and ultimately the effort the two agents will put into the deal. remember, you are competing for agents time - they can focus on yours, or on one that pays better. The difference between a 6% and 7% commission is 1% to you, the seller. However, it is over 14% difference to the listing and the selling agents. I am not suggesting that all agents will 'glance' at the commission rate they might earn, but some might just do that - American greed maybe? Be cognizant of where you want to be in the market place - If an agent is going to spend his non-refundable TIME on promoting a property (the list agent) or telling a buyer why 'this' is the right property, where do you want your property to be placed in the mind and efforts of the listing and selling agents?? Just for clarification, professional fees are negotiable in all cases, in all states, just like attorney rates and doctor rates. You can get the cheapest on the block, or the most qualified on the block - which they do not usually go hand-in-hand. Good luck!
May 24, 2014