Real estate commissions rise: With the collapse of the sellers' market, real estate agents are finding themselves in the driver's seat when it comes to charging fees.


NEW YORK ( -- During the housing boom, home sellers were in the driver's seat with real estate agents courting them - often at bargain commission rates. But now that the bubble has burst, the tables have turned.
In 1991, the average commission rate was 6.1 percent, according Steve Murray, of Real Trends, which tracks the brokerage industry. The rate inched down to 5.4 percent by 2001 and by the end of 2005,