Many Realtor's do give a thank you gift (within the amount that is allowed by RESPA) after closing and some do offer incentives to get your attention but that is a business decision. I am not silly enough to think that it does not have an effect on some people but it is the world that we live in today.
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The offer was from the realtor, not a builder: http://www.david-amy.com/Nav.aspx/Page=/About/Default.aspx. Link on the left for free HDTV. I am not advertising for these Realtors! I do not endorse or know them...your mileage may vary.
I'm more interested in finding a good realtor, the question ("is it unusual?") about incentives was more along the lines of Mr. Longmire's input. The market seems to be lending itself to buyer incentives. Just curious if this was becoming common place or not. When I bought my first home several years ago my realtor at the time gave a garage door opener as a house warming gift. It was unexpected and a nice touch for a new construction home.
It's frowned upon with a big NO NO for Realtors to give incentives to a potential client for them to do business with them. When I say frowned - I mean they are violating our code of ethics. Now perhaps the builder is offering this and it is listed with the agent you are referring to. That's a different story.
I do not practice in Millington personally, but I have referred the gentleman below - Terry Longmire several times. My clients love him, he is a native of Millington, knows his stuff, is honest and hard working. This is a sincere plug for the guy - he is awesome. You should try hem out for a test drive!
I have been in real estate for 15 years - a Realtor for over 13 years, sell a ton of real estate year in and out. I will represent myself on investment property purchases, HOWEVER, I never do on personal property purchases. Doctors don't operate on themselves or their families. Oliver W. Holmes said that an attorney that has himself for a client has a fool. I know hair stylist don't cut their own hair (well, the good ones don't). Use a professional and one that comes from a good source - you will be soooooooooooo happy you did. They will save you money, stress, future problems and can take the emotional aspect out of the equation, so you know when you are maiking the right decision.
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