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Gwon, Home Buyer in Chai

Has anyone found a sellers agent who will work for 1%? I have found a few that will work for 1.5%.

Asked by Gwon, Chai Wed Jul 2, 2008

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There are many discount brokers available. You can find them by doing a google search. Don't, however, expect a lot of work from them.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 2, 2008
Gwon, keep in mind you do get what you pay for. There are agents that will work for less. However, what part of their job do you want them to "not" do. A Good Real Estate Professional is worth their weight in commission so look at track records rather than commission dollars. You may save a lot more in the long run.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jul 19, 2008
You're asking Realtors to basically work for free; There are many costs involve in selling your home, not to mention their time. In the long run if you do find an agent that will work for free, you only get what you paid for......

Why don't you get your own real estate license and you can sell your home yourself and see the pain and agony we go through. Or better yet, tell your boss you really only want to work for $25,000 rather then the $150,000 annual salary. Can you survive on this income living in Silicon Valley? Why do you think we should work for free? I hope you get my point :)

Best to you.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jul 19, 2008
Hello Again Gwon,

I tried to hyperlink the commission link, but the system wouldn't let me. It is:http://buyandsellexpert.com/category/real-estate-agent

I hope you find this helpful.


Web Reference: http://buyandsellexpert.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jul 19, 2008
are you willing to work for less??

The question you should ask is why would an agent be so desparate as to take a lising, show it dozens of times, waste all that time and gas for pennies??

A sucessful lawyer or doctor will not drastically cut their rates, a sucessful realtor would not either
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jul 19, 2008
In addition to being a Real Estate Broker, I also own an Internet marketing and advertising agency. Our extensive market research shows that 98% of home purchasers have done some research on the net.

Our system helps to ensure that our properties are found for specific searches. Most of our expenses are fixed costs, so we can lower our commission and make it up in volume.

The customer does not get less service. I have still won negotiator of the year award three years runnng. I have just taken advantage of my marketing skills and pass the savings on to my customers.

When a home is marketed well it will sell faster and both the seller and the agent make more money.

What is essential is that the buyer agent is well compensted. Our market research shows that when you offer the buyer agent less, your home is more likely to sit on the market; the listing is more likely to expire and you are more likely to use more than one agent. Doesn't sound like fun to me.

Price your home right and don't forget who is bringing in the customers. The customers are bringing in the customers, but the buyer's agent is the one who has a lot of influence on the deal.

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More information is available on Buyer Agent Commissions.

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Carolyn Thompson
Web Reference: http://buyandsellexpert.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jul 19, 2008

Personally, my commission is negotiable. If your home is a multi-million dollar home, you might have a decent shot at such a commission. I would STONGLY caution you from going this route however. While many "discount" brokers advertise that they provide full service, the truth is they simply do not. You need to have their marketing plan explained in great detail. As the previous agent responded, it is very costly to be a listing agent, especially in such a stalled market like ours. The only way these discount brokers can make money is by "collecting" as many listings as they possibly can and therefore not having the funds or the time to put forth the effort that YOU deserve to get your home sold. I can't tell you how many frustrated sellers I have spoken with who say they haven't heard a word from their agent in weeks and that they don't know what to do. So heed the advice up front--don't do it! Unless of course, you don't really care if your home sells--which I doubt. Good luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 2, 2008
There may be some out there, but you probably don't want them if you really want to sell your house. ;o)

I know 2 -3% or more sounds like alot of money, but you have to realize the Realtor is paying for all the marketing out of their own pocket, splitting the fee with their broker, plus paying income taxes. So at 1% commission on a $500,000 house, the agent is really only left with $1500 to cover marketing expenses and their time (often over 100 hours). Virtual tours can cost $500 alone, not to mention up to $100/week for newspaper ads. At discounted rates, you will not be getting a full marketing plan - and in this market homes that are just put in the MLS aren't selling.

Your best option is to find one agent to act as both your buyers agent for your new home and listing agent for your current home. Then the agent is more likely to offer a discount on the listing, as they can subsidize it on the purchase.
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Sure, we'll take a look for you. After talking with you we can decide if the work you expect justifies the 1%. You can fill out the contact form on the site below and explain in more detail.
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