Sellers, don't waste money on a commission bonus. Do this instead!

Reblogger Ginger Harper
Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage 93383

These are such great ideas.  Never thought about them doing the things that needed to be done rather than give a bonus.



Original content by Andrea Bedard MD594797

Should I or should I not offer a commission bonus to the buyer's agent when selling my Silver Spring, MD home? That is a question & discussion that pops up regularly. My answer is:

Sellers, don't waste your money on a commission bonus. Do this [pick one] instead!

  • Hire a professional organizer before you list to help you purge and organize your belongings as well as your home. Not only will it make your move easier, it will also show your home better.

  • Hire a professional stager. Staging turns a house into a home and helps buyers envision how to use a space and get the warm and fuzzies. This is curb appeal

  • Replace that old and worn-out carpet.

  • Replace your (outdated) appliances.

  • Spruce up your bathrooms, new paint & fixtures alone can make a big difference.

  • Improve your curb appeal, you simply can't have too much of it.

  • Create an outdoor living area in your back-yard.

  • Catch up on regular maintenance items.

  • Have a pre-listing home inspection.

  • Hire the best REALTOR®. Hiring the agent who is quick to offer you a discount may seem like a financial savvy decision. At first. But consider that seasoned agents with a track record know their worth. The combination of experience, knowledge, being market savvy, negotiation skills, professional network, marketing tools, listening skills, education above & beyond the minimum requirement .. may just yield you a [much] bigger net in the end, and a less stressful experience. 

Quite honestly, a commission bonus is well.. a nice bonus and you'll make the buyer agent's day. But, the buyer's agent is NOT the one buying the house. The buyer's agent is NOT the one making the decision on which house to buy. The buyer's agent is NOT going to steer the buyer to your  house because of a commission bonus. 

Why not? Because this is a relationship business that is build on trust. We work for Thank Yous and referrals. Listening to what our buyer clients want, need and can comfortably afford are the top priorities. Whether or not a bonus is offered to us, doesn't even make the list. We want to see our buyers glow and hear all about how happy they still are in their home a year or five later. And we would love for them to return to us when they are ready to sell and buy again. 

It is all about the buyer. So do what is best for them. And do what is best for you. Show your home in its best possible light. Create a space that the buyer will love. Hire the best and price it right. But don't waste your money on a commission bonus. 







Thompson Company, REALTORS
15711 New Hampshire Ave Silver Spring, MD 20905
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Andrea is a REALTOR® based in Silver Spring, MD. She has enjoyed assisting buyers and sellers since 2004 and focuses on residential Real Estate in  Montgomery and Howard County, MD. Andrea is a proud mom and hobby decorator with a vintage soul. She always answers the phone with a smile, enjoys running and treasure hunting and is addicted to coffee.


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Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
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Love this blog by Andrea Bedard She has the right formula for making the sale.


Mar 17, 2017 08:33 AM #1
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

When sellers invest in the home instead of the buyer's agent, it turns into a win for all. Thanks so much for the re-blog Ginger!

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