Re: Brokers - Posted by Carmen
Posted by Carmen on April 20, 1999 at 07:21:15:
Funny thing about real estate - it doesn’t hurt!
I “thought” about doing real estate for 2-3 years but was always too “busy” and I always wanted to “know more” (I’m an info junkie)- finally, my husband had the “stones” to quit his job and just jump in full time. Now, it was sink or swim - and although it took us about 5 weeks, we have 2 closings in the next 2 weeks, which will net us about $15K and a positive income of $270/month. Don’t know anywhere else that will pay me that for a few hours work. I’m still employed, until we do a few more and pay off all our “doodad” bills (by end of year, we expect), then I’ll be in with the sharks.
Oh, your question was about brokers! Read the articles on this site re:dealing with realtors. Realtors are the same as Agents. Agents work for Brokers. Agents find homes to list, but Brokers “own” the listing. A typical “commission split” is this: about 6% of sale price (from seller); split between the Listing Broker and the Selling Broker (3% each). Each Broker then splits it with the Agent and keeps the rest (Total about 1.5% for each agent)
If you go directly to a listing agent, they are happier to see you - they get to keep more of the commission (3%).
I am a realtor, but never claim my commission - I found that when I tried, I had far less offers presented and accepted. I have access to the MLS, so I go straight to the listing agent. They are the ones with their names on the signs in front of the house and on the ads.
Having said that, if you find a good agent to work with (and usually, you will need to find an agent - brokers are “the boss” so they don’t usually do the real work), they can find you many leads, and deserve their part of the commission if they will push for you. The only way to find a “good agent” is to call many - tell them exactly what you do, and if they are positive, give them your criteria (be specific) and see what they come up with.