Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA   Relo Specialist (KW Elite )

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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
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   I have taken upfront fees for many years.   I charge what I charge, nothing is reduced or discounted.

Jul 25, 2016 03:13 AM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
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Good question Michael, there are tradeoffs in every negotiation, guaranteed money upfront does take part of the risk out of the deal and likely should be rewarded.

Of course it does depend on how much upfront, and how much of a reduction.

Jul 25, 2016 04:54 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Yes, I would consider this.

Jul 25, 2016 03:40 AM
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Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
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I am always willing to be creative when it comes to getting a home sold and me paid.

Jul 25, 2016 09:32 AM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
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Michael J. Perry I wouldn't reduce my fee, but I do charge a non-refundable retainer fee that is credited back at the closing.

Jul 25, 2016 09:15 AM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
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I am open to any win win...

Jul 25, 2016 06:48 AM
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Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
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Attorneys charge a retainer fee; why not real estate agents

Jul 25, 2016 04:26 AM
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Sam Shueh
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 Never sell yourself short.

Jul 25, 2016 03:58 AM
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Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
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I don't negotiate on my commission

Jul 26, 2016 12:03 AM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
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If it made business sense.

Jul 25, 2016 10:39 PM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
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Michael J. Perry - never thought of it.

What happens if the property does not sell?

Jul 25, 2016 03:28 PM
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Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
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Have you ever heard of ACRE? It is a group of people who believe we ought to charge per item instead of a straight commission.  Jennifer Allan-Hagedorn use to run the organization I believe.

Jul 25, 2016 01:44 PM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
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We don't do upfront fees but would like to see that trend change and adjust the backend accordingly.

Jul 25, 2016 01:15 PM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
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I'd like that a lot.  Many lawyers charge upfront regardless the result. 

 

Jul 25, 2016 12:26 PM
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Dorie Dillard Austin TX
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NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Creativity is something we all need to consider.

Jul 25, 2016 11:46 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
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Michael,

Not a fan of this.  A

Jul 25, 2016 10:03 AM
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John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Michael J. Perry It depends on the property.

Jul 25, 2016 09:02 AM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
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I think it depends  if the upfrot money is refunded if no deal is made

Jul 25, 2016 08:10 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
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Nope.

Jul 25, 2016 07:09 AM
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Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

Do you mean a fee that is refunded if the property does not sell?

Jul 25, 2016 05:24 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
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I've never thought about this.  Aside from specialized marketing expenses that the seller demanded, I don't think I would do this.

Jul 25, 2016 04:43 AM
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Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
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Sounds like an unearned commission which you will find is not acceptable to your State Real Estate Governing bod

Jul 25, 2016 04:33 AM
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Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

As in buyer agent? Sure but I haven't heard any scenario yet where it's come up.

Jul 25, 2016 04:31 AM