We Are Not Cut-rate Service, But Service Far Beyond Cut-rate!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc. 539MN

Yes, the horse is dead but I thought I would hit it again.

Buckle up; 2 closings tomorrow with 3 agents.  I handle a sell and a purchase.  The buy and sale are handled by two different agents from the same big box company, different location with the initials KW. 

One charges any client $400 for an administration/Broker fee,  the other $499 for her company's fee.  Are they getting better service?  No!

The $499 agent lost her client's HD big screen tv because it wasn't a specific detail on the legal document and was ultimately attached with a screw.  The other agent is new.

The client represented by #Sabinske & Associates not only saves $899 on their transaction but gains over all and gets a bonus TV probably worth around $2500.00.  This is the 7th purchase/sale with our clients.  The point: once you are represented by Sabinske & Associates you may no longer want to be represented by anyone else...............you decide.

Sabinske & Associates Inc does not charge any of these fees.


Next time you ask your potential agent what they charge, and they throw a percent at you, ask if that is all.  If the answer is yes, ask them about an admin/broker fee and watch the deer in the headlights look they give you! 

Call us today not for cut-rate service but service FAR above cut-rate!


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Don Sabinske, Broker, GRI


Sabinske & Associates Inc.


Specializing in Sherburne, Wright, Anoka and Hennepin Counties...We can help you move!



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Ed & Tracy Oliva
West USA Realty - Arizona - Fountain Hills, AZ
The Oliva Team Arizona Agents

Good Evening and keep up the good work and good luck with your business,  E

May 06, 2014 11:08 AM #1
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Don, one of the things I love about my little box company is no admin fee.  I hated it when my old company charged one and I usually absorbed it.  They said it was to pay for storing the paperwork.  Please!

May 06, 2014 11:36 AM #2
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I very very seldom charge that fee.  It is usually done so in conjunction with some other work being done.

May 06, 2014 11:38 AM #3
Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

     ANY consumer, be they Buyer or Seller, needs to READ THE FINE PRINT in their contract with a Broker before signing.   Be aware of "Transaction Fees" and "Admin Fees" that are buried deep in that contract!   


May 06, 2014 12:50 PM #4
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

You guys, ROCK!!! Way to get it done and have clients. Keep up the great work, Don. 

May 06, 2014 01:09 PM #5
Jimmy Chickey
Keller Williams Realty Southwest - Las Vegas, NV
Realtor, Nationally Recognized Author, Teacher

Great post.  I am sure your clients loved their new TV.  :)  I have not charged those fees even though many other agents in town do.  

May 06, 2014 04:09 PM #6
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Don -- and those fees always seem to be buried in a very small font too(but large enough to satisfy any legal requirement).   It's sad but a reality for many companies.

May 06, 2014 08:14 PM #7
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Don, I never charge those fees either. It's a percentage of the sale price and that's it. I can remember the days I worked for big box brokers and they all required an admin fee, most of the time I'd pay it vs. requiring my clients too because I just didn't believe in it.

May 06, 2014 10:10 PM #8
Bryan Beckstead, KOmKards, Care-Connect-Communicate, on auto pilot, 24/7.
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Become a KOmKard owner today,

Don, its refreshing to see that there are people like Sabinske & Associates

who still like to be up front and honest with their clients and prospects.

I am sure you  guys never have to get the deer in the headlights look in YOUR eyes:) 

May 06, 2014 10:11 PM #9
Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 AdrianWillanger-broker.com - Seattle, WA
Profit from my two decades of experience

Don, I haven't seen those add-on fees yet, being straight up with clients is always the best policy. 

May 06, 2014 11:56 PM #10
Than Maynard
Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma - Purcell, OK
Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862

I had an agent try to charge my client a fee! It went on the HUD-1 and was sent to me. After reviewing the HUD I called the closing company and questioned it. The closing company told me the were SPECIFICALLY instructed to put the fee on my client's side. I had it removed, of course.

Called the other agent and s/he stated "We charge both sides on all transactions. You are the first to say anything."

After I finished laughing at them (to keep from exploding) I stated they will not be charging my client ANYTHING.

I wonder how many agents don't even review the HUD-1 and cost their customers money?

May 07, 2014 12:13 AM #11
Don Sabinske
Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc. - Zimmerman, MN
Sabinske & Associates Inc.

Than, I always have the HUD sent to my office at least 2 hours before closing at minimum, and I review it closely for fees like that.  It's good to see that so many of you agree.  And, thanks for all the comments so far!

May 07, 2014 02:07 AM #12
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

MOST brokerages down here do the same thing, charge a broker fee. Many charge it to the client AND also to the agent that brings the buyer!!!! My brokerage does not charge the client a broker fee.............ALL the big boxes do!

May 07, 2014 06:15 AM #13
Suzanne McLaughlin
Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael) - Saint Michael, MN
Sabinske & Associates, Realtor

And, that is another good reason why we left the big box real estate business.  We can make our own decisions for the good of our clients!

May 07, 2014 07:12 AM #14
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Great post Don. When it comes down to it...it is all about the agents and quality of service.

May 08, 2014 03:42 AM #15
Don Sabinske
Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc. - Zimmerman, MN
Sabinske & Associates Inc.

Thanks for all the support.  I think that because we offer exceptional service to our clients, they refer us.  And, that is golden.

May 08, 2014 03:50 AM #16
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Well, this is a choice of a client who to work with. Some are really impressed with big names, some value relationship with an agent. I worked with different brokers over the years and I don't believe even for a moment that I provide less value for my clients by not being a part of a ''big box company'' with all their rules, regulations, extra fees and deep pockets.

May 10, 2014 05:33 PM #17
Don Sabinske
Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc. - Zimmerman, MN
Sabinske & Associates Inc.

We really try to give our clients the best service possible, and that is how we get the referrals that we do.  And, they appreciate us, and we appreciate our clients.

May 23, 2014 09:08 AM #18
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