The best thing you can do is GO LOOK YOURSELF...Whats safe or not safe to one person, wont exactly be the same thing for you. Take some time and walk the area's. Talk to store owners. Go to the local police department in the area, have a talk with them. For your daughters sake, this is something you 2 should do yourselves...
No. Brokers only receive commission when a sale is made. If the sale falls through, the money in escrow is subject to performance of the contract stipulations. Typically, this money will go back to the buyer or back to the seller, depending on the conditions and timing.
I looked at the El Paso MLS and didn't find any 20 acre tracts, but I did find plenty of 5 acre tracts in the $200k's and one that was almost 100 acres! I don't typically see very many El Paso folks here on Trulia. If you would like, I can refer you to someone out there who can better assist you. You may contact me through my profile.
Of course you are worth it, every penny - but I believe (and my company model is based on this) that there are 2 expense parts of your service agreement/marketing plan with your client. The Variable Cost (VC), which basically is you. And the Fixed Cost (FC) which represents that hard cost associated with advertising prorated over the period time that you have the listing. Your efforts should never be discounted, however if you have a seller sign a listing agreement for 12 months, and the transaction sells/closes in 4 months did you spend all of your clients advertising (FC) dollars that you budgeted for a 12 month listing? The efforts you put into marketing, selling and closing the transaction don't change much regardless of timing. I believe your value as an expert should not be compromised - the dollars at stack, are those committed but unused for advertising efforts and possible the co-op fee. What you should say is " we did a great job in selling your house, and I did not have to use part of the money you were going to pay me as part of my commission, so it actually cost you less". Patrick feel free to call me if you want to discuss further...... more