Redfin Advice! Not happy. My real estate career is in trouble because of this discount broker service....

Real Estate Agent with Pantanella & Partners CalBre#01845703

Hi Agents,


I'm new to this blogging but not new to the Real Estate business. I am a full service agent. I am confident in my services but I am dealing with a client, my friends for over 8 years, that is considering using RedFin because they really think they can get back 18,000+ in their pocket. I want to hear from ya'll. I want to make sure using me is in their best interest.  Has anyone else experience this? This is not the first time I have dealt with clients that want to use this service. Why pay all the fees here in CA, (which average around 5,000+), when buyers search on the MLS for free and then call up a RedFin agent to write out the paperwork. Give me information on this discount broker that I haven't read on their website yet. I want the "bads" "extra Fees" and complaints about this brokerage? 



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Sergio Rebollo Jr.
Real Estate TeamMates - Miami, FL

Jane....Welcome to ActiveRain.  This is a great community to network with others as well a great place to learn from other's experiences and knowledge.  I've enjoyed it; I hope you enjoy it as well.  Congrats on your first post.

Sergio Rebollo Jr.
Exit Prime Realty
Coral Gables, FL  33134

Miami Short Sale Specialist - Profile

Dec 05, 2008 11:42 AM #1
Maria Tascon
Keller Williams Realty Spartanburg - Moore, SC
Spartanburg SC Short Sale Specialist

Hey Jane, 

Welcome to Active rain and congrats on your first post.  There is so much to learn here.  Make sure your block few minutes every day to learn from others and to share your knowledge.

Maria Tascon

Dec 05, 2008 12:29 PM #2
Keith Elliott Jr
KEIRE Realty Group - Manassas, VA
Principal Broker/Owner

Hello Jane,

Welcome to Active Rain and congrats on your first post! The opportunities to learn and network are incredible here. Best of luck to you!


Dec 05, 2008 03:49 PM #3
Everard Korthals
---Preferred Lifestyle Advisors--- - Lancaster, PA
Mountain Realty

Welcome to Active Rain. This is a great place to learn and share with others. IF ever you were to have any questions then feel free to contact us and we'll try to help. Please take a look at our blog for links to valuable information in our sidebar that you can use to navigate this extensive network. Subscribing to our blog is also a great way to read our blog straight from your home pages. We also suggest taking a look at the Active Rain Wikipedia group for resources that may be valuable to you. We hope you have a great day in the Rain! All The Best-

Sincerely, Active Castellum

Dec 05, 2008 03:56 PM #4
Vicente A. Martinez
Prudential Douglas Elliman Licensed Real Estate Salesperson - Woodhaven, NY
Realtor, Brooklyn - Long Island - Queens Homes

Hi and welcome to active|rain. There are thousands of tips, tools, and tricks of the trade here. Be sure to check them out. Best of luck and see you around.

Dec 05, 2008 04:16 PM #5
Marcy Fedalei
Keller Williams Realty - Spartanburg, SC

Great start on ActiveRain! Welcome and thanks for sharing your thoughts and ideas.

Dec 05, 2008 10:32 PM #6
Yvette Gardner
Keller Williams Realty, Spartanburg, SC - Spartanburg, SC

Welcome to the Active Rain community. This is a great site with lots of information.  Have fun with it and hope to see more of your blogs soon! 

Dec 05, 2008 11:35 PM #7
The Trumm Team Omaha Homes for Sale, Real Estate
Keller Williams Greater Omaha - Omaha, NE

Welcome to ActiveRain!

If you would like a few tips on getting the most out of ActiveRain, please visit my blog Welcome to Active Rain.  It has a few simple steps of what to do now that you have joined.

If you ever have any questions, just let me know.

Troy Trumm


Dec 06, 2008 12:17 AM #8
Greg Steffens
Mountain Country Realty - Lake Arrowhead, CA

Hey Jane - Welcome to Active Rain and congrats on your first post.  Be sure to spend some time looking around at what and how others are blogging here - it is a great education and lots of fun.  Looks like you're off to a great start...keep it up!

Dec 06, 2008 06:55 AM #9
Sandy Childs
Keller Williams Realty - Spartanburg, SC
Realtor - Spartanburg, SC

Congratulations on joining Active Rain. This is a great professional networking site. Hope you enjoy this site as much as I do.

Dec 06, 2008 07:44 AM #10
Respect Realty LLC
Respect Realty LLC - Milwaukie, OR
Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate

Be careful about bad mouthing another agency no matter what you believe their moral issues are, it can be considered an ethics violation. Just show what you can do for your buyers and what redfin doesn't without mentioning any names and they should be able to see that you are the clear choice.

As for selling through Redfin, I would just show the market stats on sales price for homes sold through them vs a traditional real estate agent and I don't think you will have to say a thing!

Welcome to Activerain and I'm glad to have you part of my 22 in 22.

Dec 06, 2008 08:53 AM #11
Kevin Sandridge
Signature Home Funding - Winter Haven, FL
Winter Haven Mortgage Broker

Hey Jane, and Welcome to the Rain!

Kevin Sandridge, here.  I joined the Active Rain community not too long ago myself and wanted to drop a line to share some of the good vibes and welcome wishes I have received already.

Refin Information

I think that Daniel Rothamel over at "The Real Estate Zebra" may have some insight for you about Redfin.  He has several posts on his site pertaining to them. Dan's a great guy - and will be happy to talk to you, I am sure! 

A Bit About Active Rain

I'm very excited about this community - basically because folks seem so willing to help out, provide industry insight, and share their good news and experiences!

When I started out on Active Rain, I felt a little overwhelmed.  I hope the following points and suggested sites will help bring you into the mix!  Just my way of saying that I'm glad you're here.


One:  Be sure to include a good amount of information on your profile page.  Check out the profiles on other Realtor's sites here on Active Rain who are listed as "Featured" or "Tops" in their area (look for high point totals).  You'll find that this will seriously boost your presence on ActiveRain - via the added points. 

Two: I urge you to keep blogging on this site!  You will be AMAZED at the awesome feedback you receive very soon after they hit the network!  I use Google Reader to subscribe to blogs that provide me with ideas about what I'd like to comment on - both industry wise and just for fun!  Check it out I am more than willing to step you through the site and to help you get a few more blog posts generated if you wish - as a way of adding some value and paying forward some good networking vibes!  :)

Three: Be sure to add in a good number of posts about what you think and consider pertinent regarding your area of expertise!  You'll notice that many if not all of the Featured posting bloggers here on AR do this.

Lastly, I do quite a lot of work via social networks, email campaigns, and relationship building.  If I can ever be of any assistance, don't hesitate to ask.

Here are a few great sites to visit (some of my favorites).  If you like the information they provide, be sure to let them know I sent you!

Looking forward to what you'll share with us all here on Active Rain!  :)


Kevin Sandridge

Winter Haven, FL


Dec 06, 2008 12:43 PM #12
Lorena Westervelt
Van West Realty - Greenville, SC

Hello, welcome to Active Rain! This seems like a wonderful environment to network as well as learn from others. I hope you enjoy yourself and participate often in the Active Rain environment!

Dec 06, 2008 03:15 PM #13
Bill Kennedy
Keller Williams Realty - Greenville, SC
Homes For Sale Greenville SC

Welcome to Active Rain! This is a great website for building your business, as well as learning from others.  Pat yourself on the back, because you made a GREAT choice in joining the blogosphere!

Write often, and write whatever comes to mind.  Blogs about personal topics and non-real estate items are often the best.  It helps your readers to bond with you, and ends up bringing you a lot of business!

Good luck with your future blogging.  If you'd like more info on points in Active Rain, I wrote a blog about it (click here). Feel free to ask me any questions if you need a hand!

Dec 07, 2008 01:50 PM #14
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA


I lost few very long term friends for 'better deal' thingies.

Breathe. It happens. You need to decide what is more important for you: a client or a friend.

Money and friendship sometimes don't go together. Some people want to help you and are happy when you make money, some ''friends'' want to take advantage of you. I don't care about such friends. Life is too short.

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