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South Carolina: realtor, real estate, agent, buy a house, donate to charity.

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Old 09-14-2007, 06:20 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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Looking for a real estate agent with the following qualifications:

Been in business 5 years (or have been a super star agent in the few years you have been doing business- primary goal is that you are EXPERIENCED).

Willing to have clients that will make you look EVERY WHERE (we are looking from Pickens to Greer to Greenville to Landrum)

Willing to have clients that know just enough to be dangerous

Willing to donate 5% of your commission to the charity of our choice (the Lord loves a happy giver!)

Will stay in touch with us (yes, we are high maintence)

Someone who is HONEST and has INTEGRITY and isn't looking just to sell a house

Someone who has a website
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In exchange:
We will be purchasing something in the next month- we are homeless- just relocated here from Colorado.

We are reasonable, we just want to be treated with respect and understanding

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We are driving into Greenville today and want to start looking this weekend. Please call and leave a message and we'll get back to you (not sure where we will have reception on the drive in). I will not have consistent internet access (remember, we're homeless) so please call.

Thanks!

Valerie Murphy
303.285.9030
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Old 09-14-2007, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Simpsonville, South Carolina
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Default hopefully homeless not for long

I hope you find a home soon! What kind of home are you looking for, what are your house requirements, not only the area. Maybe everyone could help with suggestions if you gave some ideas of what you are looking for.

Liz
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Old 09-14-2007, 01:24 PM
 
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I have a great realtor, but I believe that your requirement of donating some of the realtor's salary to your charity is unreasonable. What makes you think you have the right to take away part of someone's salary? (I am not a realtor myself, but I wouldn't dream of treating people like that.)
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Old 09-14-2007, 02:55 PM
 
Location: on the edge of Sanity
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I have a great realtor, but I believe that your requirement of donating some of the realtor's salary to your charity is unreasonable. What makes you think you have the right to take away part of someone's salary? (I am not a realtor myself, but I wouldn't dream of treating people like that.)
I totally agree with this. Even if you plan to spend a million dollars, a real estate agent is a professional with a job, not your servant. You wouldn't ask an attorney or a physician to meet these demands and they get paid a heck of a lot more. I am very generous, but my gifts come from the heart.

Oh, I read that as "charity of your choice" and it's "of OUR choice" which is even worse.
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Old 09-14-2007, 07:06 PM
 
Location: Vacation central.. :)
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Good luck in your search for the home of your dreams... I'm hopeful that you will find an agent who is willing to give part of their commission back to your charity, which, by the sounds of it, would be the (a) church.

Again, Good luck.
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Old 09-15-2007, 08:24 AM
 
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I have a great realtor, but I believe that your requirement of donating some of the realtor's salary to your charity is unreasonable. What makes you think you have the right to take away part of someone's salary? (I am not a realtor myself, but I wouldn't dream of treating people like that.)
I'm a real estate broker and I can answer that for you...NONE AT ALL. The Buyer has no right to demand anything financially from a broker. They are getting a FREE SERVICE. They do not pay the broker's commission. So with that let me say to these pushy buyers, good luck. I hope you get the service you deserve.
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Old 09-22-2007, 02:59 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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Wow, ya'll are stuck in the SOUTHERN frame of thinking!! Where I come from it is VERY common for agents to do this.

I have been in the real estate industry for over 12 years in Colorado and the agents that offer this to their clients do MORE business than many of their counterparts. It's a win win situation. It's business that they wouldn't have had otherwise. Besides, I could have just put myself through Coldwell Banker's referral system and a 25% referral fee would have gone to me instead of just 5% to a VERY good program designed to help struggling single moms, not just a little but A LOT- check it out SPARCAS - Main Page for more information. Not a "church" as some of you have assumed.

Seems to me a lot of Southern business people don't understand the simple business ethic of sometimes you have to give a little to get a lot. Since when can't a customer request what they want from a provider?

I have called agents, e-mailed agents and called again in the Greenville area for quite some time before moving out here. Do you know how many returned calls I'd receive for inquiring about THEIR listings? About 1 for every 5 and never any follow up (even if they said they were going to find information for me). Don't tell me that's the Southern way- that's just flat out lazy. If home sellers in Greenville KNEW how LITTLE their agents are actually working for them-it's pathetic. It's no wonder there are so many For Sale By Owner's here, in my opinion, most of the agents don't deserve the fee they are charging because they aren't even willing to work to SELL the houses they have listed.

And for the record, I did get a call from a FANTASTIC agent. She has been extremely attentive to all our needs, understanding and has been MORE than willing to go the extra mile in researching properties for us and everything we ask for. Better yet, she does it with a joyful heart. What more can a customer ask for?


Liz, thank you SO much for asking what we were looking for- very sweet. We were torn between Pickens/Easley and Greer. When we got here we did our duty (instead of wasting our agent's time) and drove the areas. We LOVED Greer as it is similar to where we use to live. Surprisingly, though, we found a home in Powdersville- great price, great area. It's not hard to see why people are relocating to the Greenville area. Finding a FABULOUS home with less than $100 per square foot (and land to boot!) has been so much fun!

To all the boo-hooer's... just remember, the race goes to the one who's willing to train for it. If you're an agent reading this, just take a look at all the threads of ALL the relocating people coming here. Don't be surprised if their expectations are more than what you are use to giving (or not giving for that matter). And remember, it's just business. If someone doesn't like the service you're offering, or not offering, then trust me, they WILL go somewhere else.
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Old 09-22-2007, 03:22 PM
 
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Wow, ya'll are stuck in the SOUTHERN frame of thinking!! Where I come from it is VERY common for agents to do this.

I have been in the real estate industry for over 12 years in Colorado and the agents that offer this to their clients do MORE business than many of their counterparts. It's a win win situation. It's business that they wouldn't have had otherwise. Besides, I could have just put myself through Coldwell Banker's referral system and a 25% referral fee would have gone to me instead of just 5% to a VERY good program designed to help struggling single moms, not just a little but A LOT- check it out SPARCAS - Main Page for more information. Not a "church" as some of you have assumed.

Seems to me a lot of Southern business people don't understand the simple business ethic of sometimes you have to give a little to get a lot. Since when can't a customer request what they want from a provider?

I have called agents, e-mailed agents and called again in the Greenville area for quite some time before moving out here. Do you know how many returned calls I'd receive for inquiring about THEIR listings? About 1 for every 5 and never any follow up (even if they said they were going to find information for me). Don't tell me that's the Southern way- that's just flat out lazy. If home sellers in Greenville KNEW how LITTLE their agents are actually working for them-it's pathetic. It's no wonder there are so many For Sale By Owner's here, in my opinion, most of the agents don't deserve the fee they are charging because they aren't even willing to work to SELL the houses they have listed.

And for the record, I did get a call from a FANTASTIC agent. She has been extremely attentive to all our needs, understanding and has been MORE than willing to go the extra mile in researching properties for us and everything we ask for. Better yet, she does it with a joyful heart. What more can a customer ask for?


Liz, thank you SO much for asking what we were looking for- very sweet. We were torn between Pickens/Easley and Greer. When we got here we did our duty (instead of wasting our agent's time) and drove the areas. We LOVED Greer as it is similar to where we use to live. Surprisingly, though, we found a home in Powdersville- great price, great area. It's not hard to see why people are relocating to the Greenville area. Finding a FABULOUS home with less than $100 per square foot (and land to boot!) has been so much fun!

To all the boo-hooer's... just remember, the race goes to the one who's willing to train for it. If you're an agent reading this, just take a look at all the threads of ALL the relocating people coming here. Don't be surprised if their expectations are more than what you are use to giving (or not giving for that matter). And remember, it's just business. If someone doesn't like the service you're offering, or not offering, then trust me, they WILL go somewhere else.

I think you've seriously missed the point. First of all, if this is Southern thinking then I'm certainly glad I'm southern. I'm sorry for you that you're from Colorado; I hope you stay there.

The point is that no one has the right to demand that you make a donation to anyone. A donation is just that...a donation, a voluntary gift. As a Broker I made many donations to charitable organizations. I often paid part of my clients closing costs, inspection costs, home warranties and engineer inspection costs. I did it voluntarily, because I wanted to, not because someone demanded it. How much of your salary do you give to total strangers that demand it from you?
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Old 09-23-2007, 08:42 PM
 
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I thought Slumberval made a reasonable request....Here in Va, I hear they will do almost anything to sell a house....but I thought returning phone calls was a reasonable request too.... I recently called on two lake lots (Lake Hartwell) and had to leave messages at both offices. One agent returned the call 3 days later and the other never returned my call at all. I gave up and I called a relative in the area, she rode by the property and I looked online and found what I needed. Maybe you should have said that you have a pocketfull of money $$$ and know absolutely nothing about real estate to get some help. Maybe the agents I called had multiple closings to attend the day I called or maybe they were working their second or third jobs to make ends meet. I would expect a much better outcome dealing directly with the listing agent. If I am wrong, someone point me the right way...
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Old 09-24-2007, 05:52 PM
 
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I thought Slumberval made a reasonable request....Here in Va, I hear they will do almost anything to sell a house....but I thought returning phone calls was a reasonable request too.... I recently called on two lake lots (Lake Hartwell) and had to leave messages at both offices. One agent returned the call 3 days later and the other never returned my call at all. I gave up and I called a relative in the area, she rode by the property and I looked online and found what I needed. Maybe you should have said that you have a pocketfull of money $$$ and know absolutely nothing about real estate to get some help. Maybe the agents I called had multiple closings to attend the day I called or maybe they were working their second or third jobs to make ends meet. I would expect a much better outcome dealing directly with the listing agent. If I am wrong, someone point me the right way...

It's not Slumberval's requests that are unreasonable; it's her DEMAND that the Buyer's Agent donate 5% of his/her commission to the charity of her choice. Read it on the thread "I need a Realtor NOW". No one has the right to tell someone else how to spend their earnings; that's my point. Here is Charlotte when someone demands money we call it robbery.
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