As someone else pointed out, real estate agents cannot and should not be giving you "average" commission rates as it is considered anti-trust by the government.
Gas stations all seem to have almost identical prices per gallon, banks all pay very similar interest rates, but agents cannot discuss typical or average commission rates. Go figure.
All that being said, rates alone should not be your main determining factor in selecting a real estate agent. Some people say you get what you pay for, but I've found that's not always the case.
Interview at least 3 local agents who list and sell in your neighborhood or immediate area. Ask to see their specific marketing plan for your home. Look at their web sites to see how they market other listings, how are they displayed, are the photos good, etc. Ask what media outlets the agents use for marketing as well.
One other suggestion: take a good look at the suggested list price for your home & suggested selling price of all 3 agents. They should be similar if they are using similar sold comparables. If one list price seems exceptionally high, that agent is most likely trying to buy the listing from you.... more
The only way around it maybe..... is someone can unlock a door but provide no advice or answer questions. I remember they talked about unlicensed people sitting at an open house.... they could but they could not answer any questions or provide any advise.... more
False. Trulia is NOT a real estate company and it's is not a real estate listing service. It's basically a marketing site that lists properties for sale, for rent, and offers basic info about real estate. It's really just a database of info. There is nobody there sitting and helping people buy or sell homes. If you want to sell your home, you need to contact a local REALTOR.... more
It is difficult to determine based on the information you have given. That said, I assume that the buyer / buyers agent / contractor got permission to enter the property from either the seller / sellers agent.
If not then they could be considered to be trespassing.
Would it be grounds to not perform under your contract, I would ask my legal counsel.
If you decided not to proceed with the contract based on this, you could be tied up in court for a long time, with large legal bills.... more
Take any and all feedback to heart that you have gotten from the showings over the 6 month period and make changes accordingly. If there haven't been any showings then it is time to take a look at the price on the home as well as how the home has been marketed.... more