It is unfortunate that you view Realtors as a commodity. If you believe that nothing matters other than price, it is becuase you are unable to ascertain the differences in education, skill, data interpretation, and quality. In real estate, as in any profession, there are strong, mediocre and weak players. Perhaps some day you will spend some time w/ one or more fantastic Realtors who will help you realize the value and support Realtors can provide.
The harsh reality is that realtors are becoming obsolete. You can get most of the information you need about houses on the market and previous sale prices by looking online. Ziprealty, Homeseekers, and Zillow.com are a few sites you can visit to search for available homes in the neighborhood of your choice. These sites offer a wealth of information about each property and allow you to compare listings.
With that said, if you are not from the area, a competent realtor (if you can find one) is beneficial. For example, they can refer you to a good home inspector - which is a MUST for any home purchase.
If you do use a realtor, much sure they rebate or refund part of their commission to you. Many consumers donâ€™t know that most realtors will refund part of their commission (a refund of 25-33% is the market rate). If they are not willing to rebate, there will be many more willing to do so, as the market is slow (and will slow dramatically in the coming months).
Best of luck to you.
As a side note, I expect to have at least 5 thumbs down by upset realtors by weekâ€™s end.
I think your question is great. and I appreciate having this chance to brag about my wonderful broker in Texas, once again (even with 3TDs because I am a realtor, it's worth the opportunity) -
Hey, don't feel bad, so did I--apparently because I pointed out the agent didn't make the full amount the poster said she did! It seems you get thumbs down for TELLING THE TRUTH! Go figure.
I still carry a couple of her business cards in my wallet 3 years later.
I think your question is great. and I appreciate having this chance to brag about my wonderful broker in Texas, once again (even with 3TDs because I am a realtor, it's worth the opportunity) - by the way, the house was my starter home, and he is a full service broker, there was no rebate from him, the commission was low, I was out of town, and he did miracles.
Realtor like Tom in Texas are more than you'd ever know; now that I get to know them in person.
The only problem is that when somebody has a hidden agenda, the person can turn any good thing into a negative experience. Just the way they operate.
I would not worry about this; and thanks again for a wonderful question!
I didn't mean for this question to turn into a discussion of commission & kickbacks. I'm always working to improve my skills (as most Realtors generally are), and I thought it would be helpful for recent buyers & selles of property to share what they liked & what they didn't like about their agents. Perhaps I should have worded my question more carefully.
I would definitely recommend my Texas Realtor who did everything to help us sell our house while we were out of town homeowners. We hired one agent prior and did not like his service. Then I found Tom Levin while call real estate office listed on the yellow pages. I talked to him and found out we used to work for the same high tech company and I knew he had the same work ethics and the can do will do spirit. I hired him.
Tom turned out to be a god sent. He did every thing for us while we are out of town.
for what amounts to $3,000 commission. I think he is worth more than his weight in this case.
I will recommend him anytime.
That's why TDs do not matter to me much. I know what I believe in. I also know when I deserve one - i do give sloppy answers sometimes when I am busy or late (I am a night owl) and TD does bring that to my attention. I give myself a mental note to watch out and hopefully I do better next time and go on.
Thanks for the support :-))