I have been on Trulia since May - not a long time, but long enough to see a variety of responses from around the coutnry on a variety of topics.
I see that word "discount" is used frequently - I may even have used it myself.....but it got me thinking ( I tend to do that on occasion !!) - what exactly is meant by discount?
Is that a flat fee, pay $300, and get listed on the MLS agent? Is that an agent that accepts 50% of what is usual or customary in an area? Or is that ME...I have around a 1% range that I can use when negotiating my commission (allowed by my company). Lower than that range, and I will have to walk away......however, to some, that may be considered "discounting".
In regard to that - let me state that I am a full service agent with a national franchise.....I am certainly not discount as far as services are concerned, yet I am am slightly negotiable...............so where do I fall in the generic term often used call called "discounting" ?????? I just wondered..............
If someone uses me..at a slightly less commission than someone else, believe me - they are not getting a reductiuon in services at all.............they are getting full service - and me to boot! They are getting what they pay for and a lot more.
I just think we need to be careful when making definitive statements about discount, full service and other such terms.
"Discount" seems to be in the eye of the beholder. To me, it means a limited service broker with an a la carte-type menu, and admittedly limited services - in that case you are literally getting what you pay for. . Apparently to others discount means someone who takes less than what the majority of agents in the area take.
Sellers , especially today, are looking to save money. I don't blame them for asking about paying less than X%.........I am not threateneed by those types of questions........they can ask......they can explore.....they can make the decision that works best for them.