Honestly, you don't have to be tactful in bringing this to your agent's attention. Bringing children or pets on showings is highly unprofessional and your agent should understand and react accordingly when you bring it to their attention. Simply be friendly but direct with your feelings. A true professional who is full time will understand. If they can't afford a babysitter, nanny or daycare or they are part time, then maybe they were not the right choice in the beginning and you should consider a change if they push back on your request.
I understand that as a realtor and professional, that some mothers may have an occasional time or two that they don't have a choice or they are accommodating a short notice request by you. Hell, I've had my nieces with me on a showing or two when trying to help buyers see a property on short notice in a hot market. But no agent should make it a routine practice. Good luck!... more
Commission is always considered negotiable and no "standard" amount will typically be offered. Most agents do however have a percentage bottom line for which they will work for. Although sellers typically have to accept lower than they hoped for as their selling price in this market, it is important to remember that in a buyers market, you want to offer a competitive commission to attract buyers agents.... more
I do believe I know of this property, and would be happy to sit with you to discuss the marketing of this home. The construction is now complete in the community so your competition for new construction will be no longer. Please feel free to give me a call at your convenience at 845 518 2731... more
As a retired real estate broker, there are no hidden fees as agents only receive their commission at the closing of a sale. There are fees if applying for a mortgage (application processing, home inspection, appraisal, etc.). You will also need cash for a down payment + cash to pay for closing costs (attorney fee, title, pro rated portion of taxes, homeowners insurance, etc.).... more