I am thinking out loud! How is it that the SELLER in a real estate transaction carries the burden of the cost of both sides of the real estate commission? Why isn't it split equally between buyer and seller's agents and distributed at the close of escrow? Wouldn't that help level the financial disparity for both parties allowing for a more active market? Both the buyer and seller enlist a real estate practitioner to negotiate in their behalf and exercise their expertise in securing all legal details of a transaction, then why does the SELLER pay all the commission?