You Want Me To WHAT !?! LOL That's a Good One!

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage CA BRE# 01261476
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Ever been asked that? I'm sure I'm the only one. Some of my retorts have been:

"What do you do for a living Mr. & Mrs. Client? Oh I see and how many hours a week? Oh wow, 50. OK so what do you tell your employer when he/she asks you to accept 25 hours of pay for 50 hours of expected effort and results? Oh, you would never agree to that? Hmmm, then can you explain to me why I would?"

"Here's my wife's phone number, if she says it's OK, I'll cut it for you." :)

"Oh I'm sorry our sale ended last week."

"I enjoy food with my meals, so I'll have to pass, but thanks for asking."

"Would you ask for a discount from your surgeon?"

"Well I appreciate you asking, but I'd have to see your prospectus first, if I'm going to be investing MY commission into YOUR house; I'll need to now how my investment's dividends will be paid out?"

and my favorite....
"Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha, ah no but seriously...." 

 

I'm looking forward to your comments: Please share your best come-backs & quips with the rest of us to this "time honored question". :)

 

Thank you to my Real Estate Coach @ Buffini & Co , Cami, for the photo and the inspiration for this blog!

 

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Rainmaker
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Malcolm Johnston
Trenton Real Estate
Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario

I will actually cut my commission to make a deal come together if it's very close, but the suggestion has to come from me or the other agent I'm working with on the deal. I won't do it if it's just a client's way of trying to save a few bucks.

June 15, 2012 09:09 AM
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Doug Rogers
Your Pineville Louisiana Agent
Bayou Properties Realty

"Of course I can discount my service! Which part of my marketing campaign can you live without"?

June 15, 2012 09:56 AM
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Lee Ann Obenauer
Metro Roberts Realty

its only the craziest and biggest pains that want a reduction in commission even though you have worked twice as hard for them and they have sucked the life out of you in the process. 

June 15, 2012 11:50 AM
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Pamela Smith
Sun City West, Corte Bella, Sun City Grand
Long Realty West Valley

I agree with Lee Ann.  The crazier, the cheaper they are.

June 15, 2012 03:49 PM
Rainmaker
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Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor
Connecting Good People with San Diego Lifestyle!
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Great feedback friends, keep it coming.

June 16, 2012 08:44 AM
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BILL CHERRY
William S. Cherry & No Co., Wealth Coach
William S. Cherry & No Co., Wealth Coach

Sometimes the price of the property and the lack of the difficulty I feel I will have selling it simply don't merit the amount of money I'll make on the sale.

Consequently, I offer to take the listing at a lower commission percentage or for a flat fee.  However, I don't expect a co-op selling agent to participate in the commission cut, so I adjust that accordingly.

However, there are other times I charge a higher commission than my normal fee. 

I don't personally think it's any of my client's business why I am proposing to charge him "x," so I simply don't discuss it if it comes up.  I'm OK with him taking his business elsewhere if he feels someone else will do as good of a job as I will, but at a lesser fee.

March 16, 2013 05:14 AM
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Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor
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To each their own Bill, but assuming there will be no difficulties, hence lower your fee on that assumption seems risky. True we have "easier" listings than others, but we earn it with our experience (alone), which has value the longer we stay in business. We we the Realtors that weathered the storms of the economy, the extreme appreciations and bubbles and the 12 month listings on the flip-side. We were the 60% that didn't quit on our clients and go work for Home Depot or Farmers Insurance as over 35% of our associates did. I believe it balances out in the wash if I keep my 3% every time I list or sell, as some buyers and sellers are easy and others are mind boggling, at the end of the year the easy ones made the hard ones balance.m

March 16, 2013 07:41 AM
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Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor
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Thank you for reading, thank you for your views, I always learn from the varied opinions in the Active Rain!

March 16, 2013 07:42 AM
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