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Michelle, Home Buyer in Edgewater, FL

Can you get a break on fees if you use the same agent to sell your home and help you purchase a new one? Areas are different counties about an hour.

Asked by Michelle, Edgewater, FL Tue Jun 11, 2013

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Yes just make sure that your realtor is not cutting corners when they negotiate that with you! Cheaper isn't always better so do your research.
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To answer your question - all commissions are negotiable. So yes, you will likely find an agent who will give you a discount in your listing commission if you agree to also purchase your next home with him or her.

Generally speaking, you want to make sure your agent who is familiar with both areas you will be buying and selling. Many local top producing agents in this area cover both Hunterdon and Warren counties, so it is likely you will find someone who knows a great deal about both areas and will give you a break on your commission.

Good luck with your research, and please let me know if I can help in any way.

Jessica Wormeck, Weichert
cell: 908-938-6535
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Len and Ron both offer good advice. Where is the home you are selling? My team might be able to help you? We Have a GRI and an ABR (Accredited Buyer Representative) along with a host of other advanced certifications including Home Staging to help you get more money for your home. We also use the highest quality professional photography for our listings. We operate in multiple counties throughout New Jersey, North of Trenton.
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We own the home in Hunterdon County and are looking to move to Warren County. We are hoping to put the house on the market by end of summer. Still have some work to complete. We are looking to buy something small without having a mortgage. Once upgrades/repairs are done we are hoping for a quick sale which will leave us with about $120,000 in cash which is more than enough for a fixer upper where we want to live.
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Are you sure you want to use the same agent? When buying or selling, you want a LOCAL expert. It would be tough to find someone in NJ that can say they are an expert with that kind of distance. Not impossible though.
The money you think you are saving you could actually lose by not having someone local help you in each location. Ask questions like how many houses have you sold in those towns, do you know how many children are in the school, do you know the store owners. The answers may surprise you. Local agents will have no problem answering for you.
Web Reference: http://www.dianeglander.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 11, 2013
Michelle, an hour away in a different county is a LONG way. There aren't too many REALTORS® who are local experts on towns that far away.

My advice is when you go to sell your house, find the REALTOR® who will do the very best job marketing your home. Make sure she/he uses the maximum number of photos allowed by your local MLS, and that they're taken either with a DSLR or by a professional photographer. Make sure she/he uses a video/virtual tour, QR codes, SMS text messaging and a featured presentation on his/her web site. Effective marketing will get you the best price when you sell your home, and that price difference may well be greater than what you'd save by a reduction in the commission rate.

When you go to buy your house you don't pay the Buyer's Agent's commission, the seller does. Find a Buyer's Agent who's a LOCAL EXPERT for the new town you're moving to. He/she will be MUCH more helpful than an agent whose primary market is an hour away.

Finally, look for REALTORS® who've earned their "GRI" (Graduate, REALTOR® Institute) designations. It's the highest designation in the real estate profession and the most difficult to attain. If the person you're interviewing hasn't spent the time and effort to earn one, ask them why not (and see if you agree with their answer).


Leonard “Len” Dunikoski, GRI
REALTOR® Associate
Diane Turton Realtors – Rumson Office
8 West River Road
Rumson, NJ 07760
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It all depends. I would recommend you interview a couple Realtor's and discuss your thoughts and concerns with them. In most cases, commissions are always negotiable. If you have any questions or if I can be of any assistance, don't hesitate to contact me.

Ron Sheedy
(732) 239-7452
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