Some Common Myths about Real Estate Agents

Real Estate Agent

Common Myths about Real Estate Agents. This is a contentious topic that I would like to explore today. Let me start off by saying that in society, people tend to form their own opinions about any issue, topic or industry. I personally have my own opinions when it comes to certain social issues. The real estate world is no different. There exists a great deal of sources out there that will criticize real estate professionals for whatever reason. Websites, columinists’ and online magazines are guilty of this. These sources aim to spread mistrust in real estate agents and the profession as a whole. I like to call these sources “bad seeds.” They are trying to spoil the industry and therefore they should be ignored. With this in mind, I would like to look at a few of the common myths about real estate agents and analyze them in detail.

1. The more money you are able to sell your home for, the more money your real estate agent will earn.

This is a common myth in the real estate world. Those that buy into this myth do not have an understanding of how the commission system works. It does not matter whether you sell your house for $500,000 or $550,000, because it will hardly affect your agents paycheque. What if you agreed to pay your agent $5000 for the sale of your home? Whether you sold you home for $800,000 or $1000,000, you are still paying your agent $5000.00.

2. If you pay your real estate agent a lower commission, you will make more profit upon selling your home.

This is another common myth. So lets look at this further using an example. You hire a discount brokerage to put you home up for sale on the professional market. You pay $1000 to the discount brokerage to list your property, as opposed to the 2.5% commission that you may typically see. Upon doing this, you now realize that you are getting fewer services because this brokerage cannot afford “high tech” advertising and marketing materials that a top notch agent would use. You only get a few showings at your home and then realize that your home has sat on the market for a long time. On the other hand, if you paid the 2.5% commission to a highly qualified agent, you would have gotten all the services with endless marketing and advertising capabilities which brings in higher offers from a vast array of buyers who are represented by top agents. Do you see my point?

3. Real Estate agents must show you a property if you enquire about it.

This is another common myth. Real estate agents are not robots and do not have to drop everything right away because you want to see a property. Agents don’t work for free. Unless you have a signed contract or the agent works for the seller of a home in question, I wouldn’t be pushing the agent around. Unless you are planning on making an offer immediately, you shouldn’t expect to have the agent drop everything to rush and show you a home.

By analyzing these 3 common misconceptions about agents, it is evident that the critics know very little about the inner working of the real estate world. Taking the time to educate yourself on what an agents duties and responsibilities entail will give you a better understand of what agents can do for you. In realty, real estate agents are there to help you folks. They have your best interests in mind at all time.

Comments (5)

Bill Reddington
Re/max By The Sea - Destin, FL
Destin Florida Real Estate

Not sure I understand the first myth. Sounds like points that you make to for sale by owners.

May 21, 2014 01:11 PM
Sam Marji
Mississauga, ON

Hi Bill. Thanks for reading the post. The myth is not geared to fsbo's. Alot of clients will typically say that the more you sell their home for, the more commission you will earn. That is not the case unless you sell the property for 100,000 above asking which is not the case. In Ontario, we are now able to negotiate a fixed amount for our commission as opposed to a percentage. 

May 21, 2014 01:18 PM
Winston Heverly
Winston Realty, Inc. - Atlantis, FL

 Sam, a nice read today to explain many points helpful to this industry. Thanks for sharing.

May 21, 2014 10:46 PM
Sam Marji
Mississauga, ON

My pleasure Winston. Glad you enjoyed it.

May 22, 2014 02:31 AM
Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School
Rowlett Real Estate School - Panama City, FL
Rowlett Real Estate School / Owner and Instructor

Hello, thought I would drop by to welcome you to ActiveRain.  Good Luck!

May 22, 2014 03:08 PM