"I guarantee I would have gotten that down to the same amount, if not more, without YOUR help, and without PAYING YOU $5,490 for it. So your buyer could have gotten the same house for at MOST $177,500 instead of the 183k you made him pay. Great work there Kristin!"
Yeah, good luck with that around here. If you had tried for $177,500 on your own it would have been rejected. Period. Pretty presumptuous of you to assume you know all of the details of our negotiations. MAYBE he could have gotten it down more on his own, but that's presuming that he would have even TRIED.
Had I not been helping my client, he would have NOT gotten the house AT ALL, because he didn't think that he could get a $195k house down into his price range. He said he never would have even looked at it because of the asking price. So, I got him a lot more house than he even thought he could get and kept it under his approval amount.
You presume that the purchase amount is the end all of a transaction and forget it's about getting a great place to live, too.
"You are now comparing yourself to contractors, farmers, and lawyers; when you are nothing more than a glorified used car salesman."
Patrick, are you for real? Or has someone stolen your identity and is posting under your name?
How can someone who says "My focus is on finding you the right property, negotiating your absolute best price and terms and making sure closing happens quickly and smoothly" on his web site, turn around and describe agents as glorified car salesman or even be in the business with good conscience?? How can you possibly negotiate the absolute best price and terms for your buyers if you're even involved?? Wouldn't they actually get the best price and terms if you WEREN'T getting your split??
You aren't even worth arguing with, because you obviously aren't a real professional or you'd know by years of experience - as I do - that MOST people don't have the skills, knowledge or time to take on buying or selling a house on their own. There ARE those who can, but there are also people who can make their own car repairs, bake their own bread, fix their own dishwasher, shingle their own roof, etc. But MOST can't or don't even want to, when there is a person who can do that for them.
And everyone knows that commission is built in to the asking price - when the comps come from the MLS, too. The buyer pays it on the front end and gets it back on the sale. People seem to forget that little tidbit.