Post # 1
I thought our Realtor was “okay” – she was really negative about houses that were being sold by other agencies and really positive about houses being sold by her agency (of course, that’s her job!) It was almost to the point of being unpractical – one home was sooooo flawed and terrible (really, I don’t think it would pass inspection) but she raved over how fantastic it was. We went into so many homes we weren’t interested in because she was pushing them on us. We knew all along that we wanted the house we got, and it was sold by another company.
We made an offer on our home, they countered back, and we went in to sign/accept the counteroffer…even at that point in the ballgame she was hoping we would “take a spin over and look at such-and-such property”. Here we were ready to move forward with closing on this house and she wanted to show us another! (which, by the way, we had drove past and told her “no thanks” to already!)
She was at our inspection and I arrived a little late. I heard the inspector talking to my husband and asked her “how’s it going?” she said “well…okay…” so I anticipated something was wrong. When I finally got a moment along with my husband I asked if everything was okay – he said it was going great!
Going into closing she told us that we needed to be aware that she may not get any money at all off this sale. The seller’s agent might get the full cut and she could make nothing. All we said was “oh, okay”. It was very awkward. I don’t know if she was hinting that she thought we should pay her something? It wasn’t in our agreement as buyers to pay her a cent. I did write her a nice handwritten card thanking her for all her help but didn’t enclose anything.
Did I do something wrong?! I don’t feel that we should have to buy her anything, but I do feel like she was expecting something.
Post # 3
You did nothing wrong! She sounds horribly unprofessional. I have purchased several properties, and my realtor always buys me a small “congratulations” present after each closing. If she doesn’t collect her commission, that’s her issue with the seller’s broker, not yours.
And congrats on the new house! So exciting!
Post # 5
You did nothing wrong.
She doesnt sound like a good agent if for some reason you dont close, find a new one.
If she isnt making any money on the sale, than that is her fauly. Typically, the agents split the fee, and if they do not, then it is up to them to determine how they will get paid before hand by putting it in the contract you signed with her. This is her problem at this point, not hers.
Post # 6
@ExcitedScaredBee: My dad had said that she would probably give us some small “congrats!” gift and to be prepared with a handwritten thank you…she gave us nothing lol! Not that I was expecting anything, we are certainly not gift-grabby people.
Not to mention…she took a photo with us at closing (had the seller’s agent snap it with her iPhone) and it ended up on the company’s facebook! We both look blurry, my husband’s eyes are closed…thank god she only said “Congratulations” with our names and didn’t list the address … that wouldn’t have surprised me though. At least ask before posting pics on facebook!
Post # 7
@ExcitedScaredBee: +1, our realtor bought us a lavender plant knowing that it’s my favorite so we’d have something to plant to celebrate and remember year after year. She’s supposed to be a “professional” and celebrate with you, not pout because she didn’t get her way. She typically gets 3% commission but not from you, split with the other agent. She probably screwed over other agents and they chose to stop splitting their commissions with her.
Post # 8
Congrats on closing! Your realtor sounds very unprofessional. The buying and selling realtor arrange to split the fee between themselves, and that’s done without the buyer or seller’s involvement. You have the house now and that’s what matters. If you want, write an honest online review of her or the agency and move on. And for comparison, I had a really awesome realtor and I think he just gave us a card and a 20% off coupon to Lowe’s when we closed. We didn’t give him any kind of gift. We’ll probably send him a card when we get married though because we’re getting married in the house’s backyard.
Post # 9
She’s totally unprofessional. And there’s no way she didn’t make her commission. She was just trying to guilt you. It would take extraordinary circumstances (ie you guys negotiating with her for her to cut her commission to make the sale happen/lower the price) for her commission to get cut.
Post # 10
@crayfish: Thank you, I was thinking the exact same thought! It would take something pretty out of the ordinary for her NOT to get some sort of cut on this sale. And yes, it’s over and done with so we are thankful for that.