Chris Lima, Local or Global-Allow me to open doors for you. (Turtle Reef Realty )

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Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
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Well, since I gasped out loud when I read the question, I guess you know what my answer is...WOW, tacky!  I'm more of the do good works for the sake of doing good than flashing it around for business, so it doesn't sit right with me, anyway.  

With that said, if they were offering 100% of their commission for a certain period of time, maybe I would be somewhat impressed... ;-)

 

Sep 01, 2017 12:09 PM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

A time and place for every thing.  That may be an example of the wrong time and strategy.  

Sep 01, 2017 12:00 PM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
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CLASSLESS - that's what that is!

I totally agree with Kat Palmiotti on this issue.

Sep 01, 2017 01:01 PM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Tacky, tacky, tacky. Nothing wrong with donating some of your commision on each sale, but conditional? Nope.

Sep 01, 2017 12:34 PM
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Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

If an agent wants to make a donation to a charity of any kind, they should just do it. And in fact, in my opinion, it means more when no one knows about it. 

 

Sep 01, 2017 11:49 AM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
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Desperate agents do desperate things.

Sep 01, 2017 01:46 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I have seen this before, but I am not sure it is legal.  I do't think it is an issue but I personally think it is bad taste and shows lack of Professionalism.

Sep 01, 2017 10:32 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

I find it TACKY

Sep 01, 2017 01:18 PM
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Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

I am not really a fan of tying charity to advertising business ever actually.  -Kasey

Sep 01, 2017 11:18 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

For me it is not OK.

Sep 01, 2017 11:13 AM
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Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Tacky x 3

Sep 01, 2017 11:01 AM
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Greg Large
ERA Real Solutions - Grove City, OH
A Tradition of Trust

Nope. A donation does not have conditions attached. Opportunistic. Classless. Unprofessional. just my humble opinion.

Sep 01, 2017 10:48 AM
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Sharon Altier
Coldwell Banker Realty - Elmhurst, IL
Luxury Property Specialist, CSC, SFR

I think that method of "advertising" shows you the character of the agent.  Unless the "donation" is to the Buyer, I can't see the Buyer thinking this is attractive to them. 

Sep 01, 2017 01:14 PM
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Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

I agree with William Feela.

Sep 01, 2017 10:54 AM
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Katerina Gasset
The Gasset Group & Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Provo, UT
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Clueless about branding, even more clueless about charity. 

They should take some lessons from the Mexican bakery in Houston; 

The bakers and workers were all stuck in the bakery. Instead of being negative about their circumstances, they decided since they had flour and supplies to start baking lots of bread with what they had. Then they had it picked up to bring to those in need. 

And the Pizza Hut in Sugarland: they baked as many pizzas as they could, then took kayaks and went through all the flooded streets to feed people who were stuck, etc. 

If the agents want to really help- then learn from these examples and creates a way of giving that is really helping. 

Sep 01, 2017 07:38 PM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

so distasteful.....there are some who will do anything and everything to secure a listing.... terrible....

Sep 01, 2017 05:36 PM
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Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ
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I would not be doing this - no way.

Sep 01, 2017 03:27 PM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Chris Lima Definitely in poor taste to use a disaster situation to obtain business.

Sep 01, 2017 02:05 PM
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Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

I don't this is a good way to promote yourself now.  There are so many suffering people that making a donation to help contingent upon a listing or sale is inappropriate. 

Sep 01, 2017 01:43 PM
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Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

I'm with you, very tacky. Even worse if it's like $25.

Sep 01, 2017 01:32 PM
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Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street, Suite #5, Topsfield, MA - Topsfield, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Buying listings is tacky in my book. Donate all you want but do it quietly 

Sep 01, 2017 01:26 PM
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Chris Lima
Turtle Reef Realty - Port St Lucie, FL
Local or Global-Allow me to open doors for you.

LOL! Sorry, Susan. I gasped when I saw several posts regarding the "charitable" contributions of a few hundred dollars in exchange for a listing. Thanks and have a great weekend!

Sep 01, 2017 12:27 PM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I would never do that but when I give I am very private and consider it a personal thing. 

Sep 01, 2017 09:31 PM
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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

 That is low, very low.

Sep 01, 2017 07:07 PM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

It is VERY tacky. I would not stoop to that ever

Sep 01, 2017 05:38 PM
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Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

I think that's a cheesy approach.  Others have said, classless, tacky, poor taste, carcass feeding, desperate, unprofessional.. well , that about sums it up.

Sep 01, 2017 05:29 PM
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Dave Halpern
Dave Halpern Real Estate Agent, Inc., Louisville, KY (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

That agent may lose existing clients over this.

Sep 01, 2017 05:25 PM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Very tacky!

Sep 01, 2017 04:53 PM
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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I'm with Mary Yonkers on this on

 

Sep 02, 2017 05:03 PM
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Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
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It will backfire. It is like those who suddenly find religion, but only when needed. It too will pass.

Sep 02, 2017 02:52 PM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
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I could not respond any differently than Susan Haughton - how low can some people go. Let's do the real estate limbo now .... NOT!!!

Beyond Tacky!!

Sep 02, 2017 01:24 PM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Agents aren't the only ones.  Many people are selling shirts and products and donating a percentage of sales.  I don't see what that agent is doing as any different.

Sep 02, 2017 11:56 AM
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Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent
BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS REAL ESTATE SIGNATURE SERVICE - Mississauga, ON
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Absolutely not!  It is so unprofessional and distasteful in so many ways. Almost like handing out cards in a funeral home.

Sep 02, 2017 07:36 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Donating is a good idea. Making it conditional is definitely a bad strategy. It is all in the approach. 

Sep 02, 2017 06:35 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

To me, it's a bit shady.

Sep 02, 2017 06:34 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Michael Jacobs nailed this one!

Sep 02, 2017 06:01 AM
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Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

It's distasteful, but it's not uncommon to see companies offer to donate part of their profit to a charity.

Sep 02, 2017 05:30 AM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I agree with you.

Sep 01, 2017 05:33 PM
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Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

Have to say, that would 'not' be me Chris Lima, promoting my business in that manner.  It's like 'having an agenda', even though you are trying to work with buyers or sellers.  The amount of the donation means nothing to me. 

Sep 01, 2017 05:14 PM
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Miriam Malave
Kissimmee, FL
Real estate agent serving Osceola County, Florida

I don't think this is the time for advertising.

Sep 07, 2017 07:41 PM
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Abby Stiller
TOP SELLING REALTY - Cape Coral, FL
SW Florida (239) 284-8637

No, it's not ok.

Sep 03, 2017 01:36 PM
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Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

I'm not a fan of "public" charity. If you really want to help out, help out. 

Sep 03, 2017 07:33 AM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Nothing wrong with announcing that you donated or contributed in any way, but even better if you do it silently. 

I just posted a post about it, and partially it was related to what you refer too: PR on disasters: 

''You never haven't lived until you've done something for someone who can never repay you,'' ~ Wyn Ray. 

Sep 02, 2017 10:48 PM
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I see your point however a donation does help people in need...

Sep 02, 2017 09:30 PM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Chris Lima - My rule is - Donations should not be conditional! 

Sep 02, 2017 09:15 PM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

For a good cause every body is doing it.

realtor association, realtors. safeway why not?

Sep 02, 2017 04:04 PM
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Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Tacky, shameless and shady seems to be common adjectives used in the comments. Let me add disgraceful and unbecoming of real estate agent.

Sep 02, 2017 02:05 PM
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Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I would not do this.

Sep 02, 2017 06:40 AM
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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I find the entire concept atrocious. No wonder so many in the public think we are only about collecting our commissions!

Sep 02, 2017 06:12 AM
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Jon Quist
REALTY EXECUTIVES ARIZONA TERRITORY - Tucson, AZ
Tucson's BUYERS ONLY Realtor since 1996

Wow. That a real headline? Tacky would be a mild word. Incomprehensible maybe. I can think of many more, none of which I could print here. OMG!

Sep 30, 2017 11:19 PM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

That is a good question. Where do you draw the line?

I would like to have the color pink back, but it has been hijacked by a charitable (?) outfit and nearly every national brand has capitulated.

Back in the short sale days, I offered to pay moving costs for those who listed. That could have been construed as opportunistic.

Those who give me a referral are rewarded for their good behavior.

In the instance you mention, the buyer or seller is not benefited by giving to the Red Cross. However, it DOES communicate that THIS agent is suggesting they will INCREASE their giving to make our society more caring and helpful. I find not fault with that message. Some citizens will like that message.

I would love to read responses from AR members regarding, "What are you doing?"

My suggestion to those who have no idea what to do is visit the nearest Hospice and help those  who exist in such distress to prep their home for the coming calamity.

Sep 06, 2017 12:04 PM
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Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

That's certainly a new twist for real estate. Wonder if it works for them? Many businesses actually do a form of it by donating a portion of their proceeds if you buy a thing. And they advertise that!

Sep 06, 2017 07:20 AM
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Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

No way. Those people have suffered enough. Time to give without any strings attached.

Sep 04, 2017 12:49 PM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I am not a fan of that way of doing business but it works.

 

Sep 03, 2017 08:30 AM
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Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
Making Realty Dreams a Reality #WeWillGetYouHome

I wouldn't do that at all.. one thing to offer donations to charities or community and civic groups but not during or just after and emergency

Sep 28, 2018 08:05 PM
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Cheryl Dukes . . . . . Intown Atlanta
Guaranteed Offer for your Home - eXp realty - Atlanta, GA

No, and if I was a prospective client, I wouldn't  be impressed.

Sep 30, 2017 07:28 PM
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Brian L. Sirota, Esq.
Bristar Realty (Realtor/Attorney) - Orange, CA
For Solutions: (714) 501-7660

Hi Chris, may I ask which facebook group you're talking about?

Sep 08, 2017 10:38 AM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

OH MY, that is being a bit heartless.   I would say, it isn't just you.....

Sep 04, 2017 10:42 AM