IMO, Some Relocation Companies Are Unreasonable

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Carousel Realty of Dyer County Tn 248435000

Have you done any referrals for relocation companies lately? I do some relocation work but the amount of the return on investment is usually not very good.

Today I had a relocation company call me(name withheld) about listing the house of some friends who I sold a home to a few years ago. They had given me the heads up that they were transferring out and a relocation company would be involved.

I was prepared to do the free BMA(broker marketing analysis) and then begin marketing their home. Before I accepted the listing i asked 2 questions:

1. If I am doing a good job marketing the home and the buyout happens after 90 days will I be retained as the agent? Sorry do not know as that is another dept. One of my top agents just worked for this same relocation company and the listing got pulled from her after 90 days. She had completed all the forms on a timely manner and had shown the house several times. If I am going to spend my hard earned money on advertising to only have the listing given to someone else then thanks but no thanks!

2. How much is the relocation fee? Without batting an eye she stated 40%. I quickly told her that I would not be able to assist them with this relocation but if that fee dropped call me back.

If she had said we will evaluate your performance and possible retain you as the agent and only asked for 30-35% referral fee than I probable would have accepted the listing. Sometimes you just have to draw a line in the sand!


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William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

40%.  Absolutely ridiculous!!!!

20-25% is all I would pay and then only if I was not as busy as I wanted to be.

Sep 14, 2012 07:50 AM #1
Mike & Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Orlando, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers

No, not some...almost all.

Since we run a "Buyer Agency" office, we occasionally get relocation clients that are unhappy with their "relocation-company-selected-agent"...almost always we get a call after the buyer is under contract to purchase from their case worker demanding  a "referral"....WHAT REFERRAL?

I always refuse and then they try to put on the guilt trip claiming that the buyer will not get all their benefits if we do not pay....

Don't buy into the BS!  The EMPLOYER is paying the benefit, not the 3rd party relocation company.

We never pay after the fact...and the buyer always gets their full benefits package.

Eve in Orlando

Sep 14, 2012 07:55 AM #2
Paula McDonald
Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury - Granbury, TX
Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
Yep I agree. They also have ridiculously lengthy processes and addenda.
Sep 14, 2012 01:31 PM #3
Than Maynard
Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma - Purcell, OK
Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862

I had one ask for 45%. I actually laughed at her. They dropped the fee to 25% to get us to list it.

The corporation bought the seller out this week and we got to retain the listing. This companies addendum is 48 pages LONG.

Sep 14, 2012 10:35 PM #4
Richard and Beth Witt
Long Island Cash Home Buyer - Massapequa, NY
Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940

Hi Mike... One of the things I enjoy about Remax is there relocation system... very fast very easy and always tracked on line with little effort on the agent... Have a great day...

Sep 17, 2012 01:35 AM #5
Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Mike,

It is very bitter to give up that much for no effort on their part. Employees are told they are getting a great deal, but then part of that great deal is taken out of the Realtors' pockets. Let them serve up a bunch of hot air for their kids at dinner.

Mar 28, 2017 02:39 PM #6
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