I used a flat fee service to sell our condo this year. The agent was very clear from the beginning...he would charge .75% for himself, and a maximum of 2 - 2.5% for the buying agent. If there was NO buying agent, and a buyer was found only with the MLS, then the total fees would be .75% (for my agent). My wife and I did most of the legwork, we took photos, and arranged the open house schedule. Our agent did very little work, but we understood that from the beginning.
oh please, don't call yourselves a profession. A couple of courses and you're now a professional? You're no more qualified than a used car salesman, it's just that your transactions involve more money. Some people's self-importance is a little too inflated.