Gary Coles (International Referrals), Latin America Real Estate (Venture Realty International)

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Mike & Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Orlando, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers

You said:  Some Buyers claim they save money becasuse no commission is involved  -- is that ever true?

I say:  the buyer will for sure not get the perks that I could negotiate, but I doubt that they will ever admit it...they will never know what they could have gotten.

The builders rep has now become their best friend and convinced them what a great deal they are getting....Baloney that the buyer is believing...hook, line, and sinker.


Nov 05, 2015 05:01 AM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Gary - I am not aware of buyers getting any better deal by going directly to a builder. In my area, if the buyer does not work with a buyer's agent, the builder's agent gets both sides of the commission. There is no savings on commission for the buyer. The buyer gets exactly the same deal, and they are not represented at all in the transaction.

Nov 05, 2015 04:40 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

The results may vary by market area and the specific builder. Buyers in our market are better protected when they use a buyer agent and the builder pays the commission.

Nov 05, 2015 04:19 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I am sure they THINK they are getting a better deal.

Jan 23, 2019 08:18 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ


Nov 05, 2015 10:37 PM
David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential

When people go direct they usually end up contacting me to help them with the problems they are having with the builder. I doubt they got a break on the price but unrepresented, they are at the builders’ mercy.

Nov 05, 2015 04:21 PM
Evelyn M Epperson
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Johns Creek, GA
A Tradition Of [Excellence, Trust & Service]

They never get a good deal going directly to the builder.  I was a new home sales agent for 20 years and I had many people come in and ask if I do not bring an agent in to the transaction can I get a deal.  The build told their agents to say NO it is better if you have an agent.


Nov 05, 2015 09:47 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I sell a lot of new construction and normally the builder will not discount because of commission not being paid. The first responsibility of the builder is to protect comps and help raise prices because their cost of land and materials as well as labor is increasing. They just make more money and on that I can speak from experience.

Nov 05, 2015 06:04 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Seldom and it is very risky

Nov 05, 2015 05:42 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Gary Coles (International Referrals) I haven't seen it.

Nov 05, 2015 05:24 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

yes to going direct and it can make the difference of getting a little extra perk here and there when no agent is involved

Nov 05, 2015 05:23 AM
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

I have seen that even though the builders swear that they don't make any offers eliminating Realtors.

Nov 05, 2015 04:53 AM
Renee Paray
Coldwell Banker Preferred - Blue Bell, PA

I have heard of a builder throwing in an upgrade for free. But it is not really free, I have seen where the commission where the builder is getting both sides of the transaction settle for 5.5% commission and use the .5% towards the upgrade. Its just moving around money. 

Nov 05, 2015 04:46 AM