Hope you're doing well. I was given the same information at La Sera/Sera Vista, and Oliveta by Centex.
If you're looking at the Centex New Home communities in Windemere, you have some great options on inventory homes (May-June 2008 timeframe) at Sera Vista & La Sera, in addition to Dirt lots (November 2008 timeframe) that can be negotiated prior to May.
At Oliveta, you have Plan 2 inventory homes that are available. In addition, Oliveta will have a new release Saturday April 26th at 10:00 am targeting to release lots 201-204.
If you're considering Centex, you have a few options on having a Real Estate Professional represent you at Centex prior to their May cutoff date.
End of subject...................... (at least from me)
Let's trace the money flow.
Buyer's money --> Seller,
Seller - - commission (~6% of purchasing price) --> Seller Agent,
Seller Agent -- ~50% of commission --> Buyer Agent
Yes, your commission is paid by seller agent. But he/she is not your boss. Seller agent is the middleman, redirect a portion of buyer's money to you. So, if you want to appreciate, you better appreciate the buyer, rather than the seller agent.
For the second point, I partially agree. There are deal closed not at the highest bid. The reason is seller count in the risk factor. That way, the highest bid price may not necessary the best price. Buyer's financial situation takes important role. It's a buyer's agent's job to emphasize client's strength and let seller know your price is the best price, counting in risk and transaction time factors. Ultimately, it's still buyer's attributes attract seller, your skill helps, but not as important as seller's status.
Please dont' get me wrong, even in this bitter market and transaction numbers low, buyer still willing to pay decently to agents. It's about motivation. (economic 101, people driven by incentives).
But don't take it for granted, you should prove yourself you by providing quality service and adding value. Accpeting a commission at market level but provide substandard level of service is cerntainly not a good way to build your reputation.
Remember it's BUYER who pays your commission, saying "get hands of my salary" is ridiculous.
buyer agent splits commission not just start today, I know it has been a common practice in many areas for at least 4 years. If you feel insulted and get angry, you are very out of touch. No one knows who starts it, no one knows it is good or bad. it's MARKET.
Maybe you have good sales skills, making great numbers every quarter, the fact is ultimately money talks. Seller accept your offer not because of you, the agent, but the buyer's offer price, and buyer's financial status (credit score, down payment, etc)
If your bid is $800K, another bid for $820K, tell me why the seller should take your bid just because of YOU?
I have been on this BBS for a while, read every thread, ask questions, and always good answers. They are many good realtors in this board offer very good information and they are very helpful.
I don't see you offered much help to other people in this board, the only thing I see from you is you distant yourself with other realtors and humiliate the group of people you try to serve. Is this the professionalism what you talked about?