Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®, Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

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Dan Tabit
Northstone Real Estate Inc. - Sammamish, WA

The source is not as important as the quality of the lead in my opinion. If they are ready, willing, able & realistic, I'll take them. 

Mar 07, 2018 10:27 PM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate

Why look a gift horse in the mouth as they say?

Mar 08, 2018 05:24 AM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

I do not turn down a referral. do some research on that agent if that makes you feel better.

Mar 08, 2018 05:05 AM
Dan Capra
LAER Realty Partners - Lowell, MA
Listing/Buyer Agent

To answert the referral fee end of it, how much does the agent know the client...i have had situations where agents offer me a "referral" when in fact he/she is an internet lead and they have no idea who they are...to me that does not qualify as a referral..maybe 10%but not your typical 20-30%.

Mar 08, 2018 04:59 AM
Ruth Grainger-Starr
Grainger Realty - Cripple Creek, CO
providing AWESOME real estate adventures

I care more about quality of the lead over the source. I have turned down referrals from other brokers in the area when they refer me people I have already determined where not a valid lead. I have done that a lot lately. 

Mar 08, 2018 06:38 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Every case is evaluated on it's merits.

Mar 08, 2018 06:01 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Enjoy the "gift"! As you said, as long as it's from a licensed agent (check in his state!). I have turned down referrals if they were not in my immediate area or when I knew I'd be away and not able to help right away.

Mar 08, 2018 04:58 AM
Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

If it's a referral I'm receiving, I'm more concerned with working with the person who was referred, not the referring agent. I'm concerned with the agent when I send a referral. I only turn down referrals when they are out of my area of expertise or if the referred person is not realistic about our market.

Mar 08, 2018 04:04 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Hella I turn down a referral if it is not my area, nor my specialty or if the the person has unrealistic expectations, such as having $300k and wanting to buy a home in my market that sells for $1.8million:)Endre

Mar 07, 2018 10:19 PM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

I get referrals from agents quite a bit through out the year - most I've never met nor spoke with prior - the only ones I turn down or give away are low end mobile homes or listings where the sellers are unreasonable on their price demand

Mar 08, 2018 06:46 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I turned one down last week that involved a run-down home with tenants that don't want to leave.

Mar 08, 2018 06:29 AM
Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
AZuRE Team - Realty ONE Group - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

Referral that involves a referral fee can only be paid to a licensed agent. Referrals from a non-licensed person is misdemeanor for the agent and a felony for the requester - in Arizona.

I get many referrals from people I know, an important aspect of my business - they are happy to provide me with a referral in exchange for a simple thank you. Over the years, I have had total strangers try to "sell" me a referral - or as they called it a 'finder's fee'. No can do.

When receiving a referral, what's important are: the person who referred you a possible client, you want to keep encouraging them to keep doing that, and second, the client - whether or not you want this person as a client - I choose my clients carefully.

Mar 08, 2018 05:49 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

The DFW Metroplex is 9286 sq miles.  I would not take a referral if someone was interested in living in an area I was not familiar with.

Mar 08, 2018 04:45 AM
Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

I think Nina Hollander has a great answer and I agree with her.

Mar 08, 2018 04:34 AM
Fred Griffin
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

  As long as the Broker is licensed and in good standing with their real estate commission. 

Mar 08, 2018 04:28 AM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

If I was already working with the client and out of the blue, someone wants a referral for this person. This does happen and it is really annoying. Why provide a referral for a client you already have?

Mar 08, 2018 11:31 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

If you were referring a client, you might worry if you will get paid...but if you're the recipient of the referral, you have full control....

Mar 08, 2018 10:33 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

I would welcome the referral as the beginning of a new relationship.

Mar 08, 2018 08:36 AM
Corinne Guest
Barrington Realty Company - Barrington, IL
The Choice of Professionals for Luxury Home Buying

I've had so called referrals that are really just leads the agent does not want or cannot service. If I have those I just give them away. I'll usually head for the listing agent in that respect. Inbound referrals must be good or I won't waste my time. Does not matter the origination but I do want many details. I am happy to pass on flimsy information and let someone else have the inevitable headache. And if those flimsy referrals want max $$ I will all pass.

Mar 08, 2018 07:39 AM
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Of course, I care. 

I turn down if I feel I cannot serve the client and/or if the clients are just not a good fit. 

Mar 08, 2018 07:38 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

I would be more worried about the quality of the referral. I have had plenty of 1-time referrals, and from agents I don't know. If the referral is for an area I don't serve I would certainly turn it down.

Mar 08, 2018 07:26 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

Th eonly time i woudl turn it down is if i could not help. I was offered one last week at 40%. It was not cost effective and they did call back and offer it at a reasonable rate. I did take it and we will soon have a home under contract already. 

Mar 08, 2018 06:51 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor® I follow up on all referrals. Most are hit and miss. The referring agent heard someone was interested in buying or selling. Many are unqualified leads. I did turn down one qualified referral because it was outside of my service area and I didn't think I could service the seller properly.

Mar 08, 2018 06:38 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

Bob Crane nailed this one!

Mar 08, 2018 06:29 AM
Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent
REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results!

Providing it comes from a licensed realtor, and it is a quality lead, I will take it, providing the referral fee is appropriate.

Mar 08, 2018 06:13 AM
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I get referrals all the time, and only if it too far out.  However, did turn one down when a buyer would not sign a buyer's agency, and the on-line company (seller) said you could ONLY represent the buyer as a SA.  In CO you have to have the buyer's agency signed.  They would not, I passed.

Mar 11, 2018 08:00 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Los Angeles CA

Just received a text: would you pay $400 for 1.2 mln referral~ blocked. Yet, it is still strange that we are ok to pay thousands to sites like Z. for leads, but not ok to pay someone who referred a solid business to us.

Mar 08, 2018 11:24 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

I do not like some agents sending their online lead to make money in referrals, Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®

Mar 08, 2018 11:16 PM
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

If it is from a licensed agent and a valid referral that I think I can help, I think no future.

Mar 08, 2018 07:27 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I  had a couple  of agents ask for a 50%fee

Mar 08, 2018 04:41 PM
David Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
Making Realty Dreams a Reality

Hmm I suppose I might turn down a referral under certain circumstances and I do think I would prefer to talk with the agent get to know a bit about them prior to accepting the referral as well. Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor® 

Mar 08, 2018 12:57 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
www.HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

As long as the lead is good and within my area/wheelhouse, I'm happy regardless of who it came from or if they're an agent or not.  If they're not an agent, that means they get a nice thank you gift basket (no more expensive than allowed by law) instead of "the going referral rate" of the commission!

Mar 08, 2018 10:17 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Through our performance, advertising, attendance at regional and national meetings, teaching at our local and other AORs, etc., we try to foster an image that will attract other Realtors to make referrals to us. They may be strangers to us but there is a reason that they have made the referral to us.

It works!

Mar 08, 2018 09:02 AM
Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT

Love referalls! I would make sure the referring agent is licensed. 

Mar 08, 2018 08:53 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Come all ye referrals and what to do with them will be addressed at that time

Mar 08, 2018 07:22 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I think Endre Barath, Jr. said it well.  A

Mar 08, 2018 07:21 AM
Christine Kankowski North SD and Temecula
House Match Inc - Poway, CA
Excellent Sales and Property Management

You could pull up that persons license just to make sure they are legit.


Sometimes I send a referral to someone I don know, If I'm helping someone out on my end that needs someone in an area I dont work. I can pull up some info on the agent, reviews, sales,, and call them etc before i refer. 

Mar 08, 2018 07:15 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

I do not turn down referral if I can actually help the individual.

When would I turn it down? When the referring agent has revealed themself a predator, appear on 'The list' and/or talks too much.


Mar 08, 2018 04:59 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

A good lead is a good lead if properly referred. Then again, some not so good!

Mar 08, 2018 04:49 AM
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Our agency requires a W-9 for all referrals, without it sorry I'll pass.  If the client wants a 400K home with a 100K budget, I'll pass

Mar 08, 2018 04:04 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel


Mar 08, 2018 03:41 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Wrong Geo  or a type of property I had no skillset with 

Mar 08, 2018 03:34 AM