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Old 11-16-2007, 10:24 PM   #1
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Question to home owners or future home owners

When choosing to hire a real estate company to assist you in your home buying/selling process, does the name of the company play a role in your decision as to which company to hire? For example, would a company with a well known name like Keller Williams, ReMax, etc. be more appealing to you than a company like Covenant Realty, Texas Home Group, Moolla Properties, etc.? Please give me your honest opinion on this.

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Old 11-17-2007, 02:17 AM   #2
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Old 11-17-2007, 02:59 AM   #3
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Thats what I'm thinking too, but I want to get other peoples opinion. Well thanks for the input. Lets keep it coming.
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Old 11-17-2007, 03:01 AM   #4
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when my friend was looking for the house im at now

they looked on the internet, and didnt use an agent

saved a bit a money too




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Old 11-17-2007, 03:14 AM   #5
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when my friend was looking for the house im at now

they looked on the internet, and didnt use an agent

saved a bit a money too




they used
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Home buyers should not have to pay an agent to assist them in the buying process, it is almost always the seller of the home that pays the agent's.
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Old 11-17-2007, 08:14 AM   #6
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i have sold 2 of my previous houses my self never use a agent $$$$$!!!!!! you get taken list it your self and save money!!! i learned that from my parents they always listed and sold our older houses them selfs.
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Old 11-17-2007, 08:19 AM   #7
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Home buyers should not have to pay an agent to assist them in the buying process, it is almost always the seller of the home that pays the agent's.

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I always look to find someone I know, or someone a friend of mine knows. If you ask around you probably know one and just didn't realize it. Most of the time they will look out for your best interest if somehow you know them. Other than that, everyone is right, if you are confident in not using an agent you can save up to 6%.
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And to answer the question directly, no, I do not look for a big name. A big name does not mean they have your best interest at heart. They are probably less interested in you, and more interested in how much money they can make off you.
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No I just bought our House 6 months ago and we used a Real estate agent that was a friends wife. Now we have become very good friends with them. But no the name didnt matter to us but she happened to work for one of the big ones.
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I always use the local office. Whether it be Remax, Neptune, Vista, etc. Somehow with my winning personality I fine the best people who have my interests as their number 1 priority, if I don't feel that they do then I move on (but I have never had to do that). The ladies that are currently helping my family out is a doll (2 houses in 2 different areas, both prior rental houses).

Well at least that is what I look for.
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Old 11-17-2007, 01:37 PM   #12
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Used a family friend- if you're going to pay somebody, it may as well be somebody you know. Plus, when they are friends you tend to get some breaks - they'll know somebody, too!
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i have sold 2 of my previous houses my self never use a agent $$$$$!!!!!! you get taken list it your self and save money!!! i learned that from my parents they always listed and sold our older houses them selfs.
In some cases you can save some money by not using an agent in the selling process, but on average homes sell for more when using an agents, homes sell quicker due to the large database of buyers and sellers that the agent has access to, it also cuts out some of the stress and reduces the risk of legal problems. As far as buying a home, it really doesn't make any sense to not use an agents services.
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Regardless of who pays who, 6% is still 6%, and 6% on the largest purchases you will ever make is only justified for those who need their hands held or have no time.

Agent standalone rep is always better than what company. Unless you are sellling, then go with whoever has the most prestige and best client base in your area.

I have friends in the business, who work at prestige firms that demand 3%, and they do all my deals for a 1% commission, whether buying or selling. However my last two sales have been FSBO, no cuts for agents needed. Most agents demand 3% and pass up 1%.
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Regardless of who pays who, 6% is still 6%, and 6% on the largest purchases you will ever make is only justified for those who need their hands held or have no time.

Agent standalone rep is always better than what company. Unless you are sellling, then go with whoever has the most prestige and best client base in your area.

I have friends in the business, who work at prestige firms that demand 3%, and they do all my deals for a 1% commission, whether buying or selling. However my last two sales have been FSBO, no cuts for agents needed. Most agents demand 3% and pass up 1%.
Your correct, it is the largest purchase most people will ever make, therefore I believe they are better off with an experienced professional helping them through the process. The average sales price of a home in Houston is $125,000, if you had a $125,000 tax issue would you handle it your self or hire a CPA, or a $125,000 legal issue would you handle it your self or hire an attorney? The point is that most people are better off hiring a professional to assist them in such an expensive, important transactions.
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