any buyers agent offering rebate?

Asked by Yue, 60611 Tue Mar 6, 2012

I'm looking to buy a condo in the next month.

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Andy Ogorzaly, Agent, Chicago, IL
Mon Apr 30, 2012
A strong negotiator that can get you a low purchase price should be more important than a rebate. I have never heard of any agents giving rebates before because most buyer's agents are free! However, you still should interview a few different agents to see which one is most knowledgeable on the market you are looking in. I use statistics to help my clients get the lowest prices.
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Jeff Nobleza, Agent, Chicago, IL
Sat Apr 7, 2012
You'll notice that the most successfull agents and respectable agents out there do NOT offer rebates. Do you go to your doctor and ask them for part of their pay after they charge your insurance company? There are many talented and intelligent agents here on Trulia, interview a couple and work with the one you feel will represent you best.
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Robert Nowak, Agent, Chicago, IL
Sat Apr 7, 2012
Services of buyer's agents are usually free, why would you choose an agent just because they are offering a rebate instead of an experienced full service agent? Do you really want an agent that cuts his/her own pay to negotiate the largest purchase you will ever make?

Robert Nowak
Broker Associate

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Jose Hernand…, Agent, Chicago, IL
Sat Mar 24, 2012
Unfortunately I do not offer any rebates, I do offer negotiating skills, experience and market knowledge which could equate to savings in the thousands.

What would you prefer? A $10,000 savings or a $1,000 rebate?

Jose Hernandez, sfr
Coldwell Banker
676 N. Michigan Ave.
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Jolie Muss, , Upper West Side, New York, NY
Wed Mar 7, 2012
Not all States allow rebates. The DOJ promotes rebates as a means to fair competition in The Real Estate industry. Here is a link to my Trulia blog where various links to the DOJ can be found and another where I have posted an excerpt from a report by the Federal Trade Commission and The U.S. Department of Justice on:
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Bill J Delig…, Agent, Naperville, IL
Tue Mar 6, 2012
If you have done the research and know exactly which condo you want and are confidant you can negotiate a good deal for yourself, then don't use a Realtor. Submit an offer by yourself. You are not obligated to use a Realtor.
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Tue Mar 6, 2012
Michael Vrielink
Chicago Real Estate Artists LLC
Managing Broker & Realtor
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Lucid Realty, Agent, Addison, IL
Tue Mar 6, 2012
It depends what you mean by "high percentage renters". If it's too high you may have difficulty getting financing.

As for experience approaching's not hard to do except that we have to be cognizant of the do not call list and mail would not be that effective in my opinion.

- Gary Lucido, President
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Lucid Realty, Agent, Addison, IL
Tue Mar 6, 2012
Hi Yue,

Lucid Realty offers buyer rebates on a sliding scale with larger rebates for higher priced purchases. We also provide full service and would welcome the chance to speak with you. We also routinely analyze the condo market and you can find information on the near north area at:

Check out our website and shoot me an email or give me a call.

Lucid Realty
877 LUCID99
Web Reference:  http://www.LucidRealty,com
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Too bad the whole industry doesn't do this. Great approach!!!

Instead of a one time deal, win a customer for life... Decent!!
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Yue, Home Buyer, 60611
Tue Mar 6, 2012
A little more information:
I have researched extensively in the past month. I have reasonably good ideas about what I want. There is one unit currently on the market I'm considering to make an offer.

Since the buildings I'm interested have high renter%, I'm also considering to have the agent to approach the owners of not listed units to gauge their interests of selling. Any experience in this type of situation would help.

In any case, I'm looking to close a purchase in the next two months, and I have the down payment and preapproval lined up.
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Lynn Johnson…, Agent, Suburban, VA
Tue Mar 6, 2012
A good agent will save you a lot of money. This is a very complicated market. My advise is to work with the best, most knowlegable agent you can find. You will be money ahead without worrying about a rebate.
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Jeff Nobleza, Agent, Chicago, IL
Tue Mar 6, 2012
You are asking a buyers broker to pay you to share his or her expertise with you as you make one of the biggest decisions of your life?!?! Really?!?!

What if someone asked you to go to your office job and you write a check to your boss after you put in 8 or so hours of hard work.

Respectable agents who understand their value offer no such
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Philip Sencer, Agent, Chicago, IL
Tue Mar 6, 2012
Yes, my web site explains my Rebate and my background.
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Ogie Dimitrov, Agent, Chicago, IL
Tue Mar 6, 2012
Yue, go to - it is the only office that I know of that offers buyers rebate. Besides, the website gives you a Realtor level access to the MLS.

Let me know if you have any questions
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Tue Mar 6, 2012
Hi Yue

Please call me to discuss the amount of rebate I can offer you. 312-361-0867

Tony DeSuno

Red Door Realty
Broker Owner
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Jesse McGrath, Agent, Chicago, IL
Tue Mar 6, 2012
Hello Yue,
To begin with, you do not have to pay the buyer broker, we get paid by the listing broker. in other words, we are free to you! Your biggest concern should be finding a well qualified agent who knows the buidling type and neighborhood that you want to look in and has experience negotiating on the buyer side. I reccomend interviewing a few agents and going with the one you mesh with best. Please contact me when you are ready. Looking forward to speaking with you and finding you a new home. Love where you live!
Jesse McGrath
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