Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties)

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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

It is people like this that I like to explain how I don't work with just anyone and that I'd have to view the house to see if it is suitable for my brand !

Sep 21, 2016 11:15 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


If that is how someone starts the converstion, my CLUE signal goes off.  This usually is indicative of a difficult person to deal with.  I would say, do you want to sell your home or do you want to negotiate the commission?  When we meet, I will be happy to discuss what my commission and whether or not I can or will sell your house.   As I see it Debbie, you are a proven professional with a great track record, and you did not just fall of the turnip truck.  Maybe he is looking for a turnip, and you are not a match.  You deserve the respect! You are a professional...


Sep 21, 2016 07:14 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

With the math!  A direct question should command a direct answer proving who you are and how you respond. Its a chance to provide a sample of self. Then, its my turn to ask questions. In the end, my final word? Don't base all that you do on money outcomes especially in Real Estate. Too high stakes

Sep 21, 2016 09:23 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

"It depends, let set up a time for me to view the property and determine they best price I can get you in the shortest amount of time. Would 7 this evening work or would 6 be better for you".

Sep 21, 2016 07:02 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Debbie Reynolds - ask the seller simple question:

"Are you interested in my commission or your NET?"

Sep 21, 2016 03:57 PM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Debbie, I received that call last week and never answered his question over the phone, instead, asked if a weekday or weekend be best for me to come over, we set an appointment for Saturday, got the listing, will be in MLS within the next two weeks. Funny, he neve brought up that "C" word during our meeting.

Sep 21, 2016 07:19 AM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

I blurt out the number. Then I get the appt.

Sep 21, 2016 06:17 AM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

I tell them and wait for their response

Sep 22, 2016 12:28 AM
Jessie Cochran
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Panama City Realty Group

I tell them

Sep 22, 2016 12:07 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

I tell them upfront that if paying the lowest possible percentage as a brokerage fee, I'm not their agent. I had that conversation with someone this morning.

Sep 21, 2016 01:03 PM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Whatever it was, it went up if they ask me that question right off the bat.

Sep 21, 2016 10:22 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I ask what kind of representation they want. 


The next staement from them is "What do you mean?"

Sep 21, 2016 08:29 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

"My compensation schedule is variable based on the situation of the property and the needs of the owner. It can be Zero or up to 25%. Tell me more about the property you are wanting to sell."

Sep 21, 2016 06:56 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

It depends. I need to see the property and also need to figure out how much marketing it will require.

Sep 21, 2016 06:27 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

I think the convention is "we can discuss it after we know what we're doing", or something like that, try to push it off to the end.

Sep 21, 2016 06:24 AM
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

I tell him it depends on his level of motivation and I'll be happy to discuss it, but must see the property first.

Sep 21, 2016 06:20 AM
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

It depends on a lot of things such as the tone of their voice, fluctuation and level of voice, whether they sound apprehensive or angry (the angry ones are the worst, it's like they have to call you and despise themselves for it because they hate ALL agents and have distributed that hate throughout their body to the extent it's bubbling out), or if they are simply asking a question and just don't know any better or have no clue how to handle this sort of interaction.

I generally do a commercial at that point, tell them I am ranked in the top 10 agents in Sacramento and would love to help them, that I do not charge a premium for my services but I am also not a discount agent. Then I ask if they are hoping to find a discount agent or if they want to make the most money they can from selling their home. If it is clear they are focused solely on commission, and I hear whispers of animosity, I wish them luck in their search and send them on their way.

Oct 10, 2016 12:45 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I just tell him what I charge.

Oct 07, 2016 11:59 PM
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I have had two of these calls in the last week. Are costs all sellers are worried about these days because the market is so good? I can't remember dealing with this in your face approach before.

Sep 22, 2016 12:38 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

How I respond may depend on how the question is asked but it's definitely a red flag.   It's not likely going to be a good match if the fee is where a conversation begins.  

Sep 21, 2016 11:54 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

I like to tell them what they get before saying what i charge. For those being "hard" i can say fifty percent

Sep 21, 2016 11:17 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Can't provide an estimate without viewing the project! When can we get together?

Sep 21, 2016 11:04 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Let me discuss that in person.

Sep 21, 2016 10:57 PM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

You may be fighting a losing battle, but with a seller it is worth a try.

Sep 21, 2016 10:54 PM
Harry F. D'Elia
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

I would advise that I would need to view the home and then talk shop.

Sep 21, 2016 10:11 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I would ask why that is important to them.

Sep 21, 2016 09:39 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

It depends

Sep 21, 2016 08:47 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I ask what they are selling, because different properties have different rates in my office.

Sep 21, 2016 03:36 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

I tell them. That seems to be all they want to know...

Sep 21, 2016 02:23 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

That's an immediate red flag. I think, as Mike & Eve Alexander added below, that the less said on the phone the better so you can get in front of them and have a real dialogue. If the only interest is commission amount there are likely issues that would suggest to walk away. But I can;t say I have ever gotten this in the initial call

Sep 21, 2016 12:48 PM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

I tell them it is irrelevent at this point.  We don't even know if they like the way I work and I haven't seen the house yet.

Sep 21, 2016 12:42 PM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

I would be turned off and beat around the bush. If all they care about is how much maybe this seller is not for me.

Sep 21, 2016 12:40 PM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Well, isn't that the $64,000.00 question! You'll have to provide some more answers for me? May I call you back in a half hour?

Sep 21, 2016 11:58 AM
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

I do like Beth Atalay and switch to an appointment mode when they bring up the commission question. I have to admit I rarely have the question asked!

Sep 21, 2016 11:51 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

"Your investment in our services will vary depending on what the project entails.  Tell me about the project and then we can determine if it is something you want us to come out an take a look at."

No point in talking price until we know if we want to work together.

Sep 21, 2016 11:50 AM
Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

    It depends.   Tell me about your property, what do you want to achieve?

Sep 21, 2016 10:44 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Debbie Reynolds A lot of good answers here already.

Sep 21, 2016 10:35 AM
Fred Hafdelin
Weichert Realtors - Mountain Lakes, NJ

I explain that before I can discuss my fee I must see the property and have a short meeting with him / her.

Sep 21, 2016 10:11 AM
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

"I'd be happy to share that information when we meet; it really depends on your home and your requirements."

Sep 21, 2016 09:47 AM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

So much of this now in a seller's market! There are discount brokerages which provide discount service. Do you want a full service marketing plan or a discount one? I would say in order to best answer his question, you need to view his property to see what it would require to market it. Would tomorrow at 2 work?

Sep 21, 2016 09:21 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I usually respond by asking what they are willing to pay?  Get an idea right off the bat what their expectation is.

Sep 21, 2016 08:48 AM
Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner
Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268 - Iowa City, IA
Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices

I get these calls sometimes too. I'm with Olga Simoncelli on how best to respond. Before knowing what we're doing, it's tough to discuss details. 

Sep 21, 2016 08:06 AM