No gimmicks. No add-ons. No what-not fees.

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Real Estate Agent with Thompson Company, REALTORS® MD594797

I just switched service providers and transferred my cell phone number to a new carrier. It was on my radar for quite some time for 2 reasons:

1. customer service (I don't do rude)

2. fees. 

What is it with all the extra fees (I'm looking at you Verizon!)? I much prefer to have one amount, and to know exactly what to expect each and every month. That's not what I was dealing with for the last few years however.. it was one "base" amount plus service fees plus regulatory fees plus account fees plus what-not fees. Sure, some of them amounted to just a few cents. And sure, I got a handy reference each month telling me what to expect the next and how my bill could possibly change. 

Still, I prefer one amount without add-ons. Clean. Uncomplicated. Predictable. That's the way I like it. And that is why I switched service providers. It also happens to be the reason why we have always charged just one all inclusive fee at Thompson Company, REALTORS® for our services. As a locally owned family business and boutique brokerage we value clear communication, and want all of our clients to know upfront what they can expect for the one inclusive fee. We are proud of the service we provide to our local community and strive for it to be always predictably great.  

There is no franchise fee, or overhead that we'll pass on to you. You will never see an admin fee, nor processing fee, nor marketing fee, nor photography fee, nor what-not fee from us on our brokerage agreements or on your final settlement sheet. For sellers, it is simply and predictably one commission rate that we agree upon at time of execution of our listing agreement. For buyers, it is typically $0 as the commission due is covered by the seller. No gimmicks. No add-ons. No what-not fees. 

Thompson Company, REALTORS: your boutique brokerage in Silver Spring, MDThe commission our seller clients pay includes all of our services, the portion that is offered via the MLS to the buyer's brokerage - though not a law per se, it is very much customary in the State of MD. It includes professional photography - plus an interactive floor-plan if that is beneficial to your listing. It includes pre-listing to-do lists, and staging advice. It includes our network of 3rd party providers. It includes online marketing via single property websites, such as RealBird, blogging, and social media. It includes printed marketing materials, and open houses. It includes showing service.

It includes personal, professional attention and service. It includes convenience such as electronic signing. It includes answering as many questions as you may have. It includes facilitating, managing, brokering. All of which will lead to your very own Happy Closing Day! And all for one fee - without gimmicks, without add-ons, and without what-not additional fees. It's clear, uncomplicated, and transparent from the beginning.

Thompson Company, REALTORS® you will never have to wonder, so how much will it this great service end up costing me? 

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Andrea is a REALTOR® based in Silver Spring, MD, who has enjoyed assisting buyers and sellers in Montgomery and Howard County, MD (and beyond) for 15+ years now. She always answers the phone with a smile, enjoys running, hiking, and traveling, speaks German, reads a lot, blogs a little, and drinks too much coffee. 

 

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Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Solutions - Colorado Springs, CO
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Excellent post, my friend. You are so right. I hate that my basic bill is $150 but I pay well over $200 per month. Just tell me so I know. Nice segue into real estate. ;)

Mar 03, 2020 06:02 PM #1
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Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

Thank you Mimi Foster! More than $50 in extra fees, that is just wrong! I admit, I'm still a little skeptical about my new carrier and whether or not it truly is all included. My first bill looks promising though, it's even a few dollars less than I was told - can you believe it?! 

When I was affiliated with *insert big national brokerage here* more than a decade ago, I could never justify the additional "admin" fee. I did not understand it and didn't agree with it. There's no such thing at Thompson Company (just one of the gazillion reasons why I love our boutique brokerage so much). 

Mar 03, 2020 06:31 PM #2
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Melinda (Mel) Peterson
Real Estate Cafe LLC - Bend, OR
The Blessed Realtor - ABR, CRS

Nice post Andrea.  I like things that are uncomplicated and easy to understand too.  And I especially like savings.  We recently added a 2nd line to our cell service, and found out we both qualify for senior discounts!  Two phones, unlimited everything for $70.  Total Score!  

I also love that you love your boutique brokerage.  I left the *insert big national brokerage here* 12 years ago and started my own boutique brokerage... and have never looked back.  Good for you Kiddo! 

Mar 03, 2020 06:51 PM #3
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Grat post, Andrea. One of the biggest reasons I left my previous brokerage was because they instituted a transaction fee they wanted us to pass on to our clients. It was going to be a cold day in hell before I did that... but it was also going to be a cold day in hell before I ate that fee myself.

Mar 04, 2020 04:35 AM #4
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Andrea - Clear communication is key and common courtesy are expected as a part of everyday life...let alone business.  

Mar 04, 2020 05:39 AM #5
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Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

Thank you Melinda (Mel) Peterson and congrats on your total score! I had to add another line and we are all unlimited now, too. Plus free texting while abroad (that's a biggie for us). Of course the old carrier - Verizon, am talking about you - is trying to nickel and dime me in the final bill 

I left the big national brokerage at the end of 2008! So we did the thing at about the same time. I've never regretted my move, I've found my professional home at Thompson Company.  

Mar 04, 2020 10:58 AM #6
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Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

Thank you Nina Hollander, I dislike this fee so much. You cannot sell something you don't believe in, and I definitely did not/do not believe in "admin or processing fees". 

Mar 04, 2020 11:01 AM #7
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Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

So true Michael Jacobs . My old carrier lost my business because they weren't communicating clearly, did not seem to value me as a customer, and lacked common courtesy. 

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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
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Another well done post - I am glad that you are so happy with your brokerage! 

Mar 11, 2020 06:46 PM #9
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Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

It is most definitely the right fit for me Lise - thank you!! 

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