Lisa Brown, "Where you live is my Business" (Realty Associates)

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Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

It depends, I have shown homes as a favor to another agent and have had agents show homes as a favor to me.  Usually, if someone shows property for me I will send them a gift card as a thank you.  If they have shown multiple homes to the same buyer and the buyer purchases one of those homes I would pay them a 25% referral fee.  I have seen others offer to pay anywhere from $50 for someone to show their client a home or if it is multiple properties perhaps $20-25 per home.

Jan 20, 2022 04:01 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

It truly does depend Lisa Brown on many factors.  I find myself asking the same questions as John Juarez.  

Jan 20, 2022 08:28 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

In regard to our Team...Once in a while circumstances come up that makes it necessary to cover for them regarding a showing. No charge. We expect reciprocity when needed.

So, my answer depends. Why is the request being made in your case? Is it by an agent for whom distance to the property is a problem? Is the property your listing? Is the agent making the request in your office?

Jan 20, 2022 05:51 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

There are all types of business models.  Each area has different real estate laws, rules and practices.  

Jan 20, 2022 04:31 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Not if it's a one -off favor or for medical reasons. I have covered for friends dealing with medical issues before as a favor. If I'm covering for someone on vacation or leave, then there's either a reciprocal arrangement or a fee yes. I'd expect gas money minimum, so $100.00 per tour of homes (aka per day) as a minimum...doesn't matter if it's 1-3 or 6 homes. It goes up from there pending the duration of time, circumstances, etc.

Jan 20, 2022 06:30 AM
Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

I compensate the other agent for their time and assistance if they're helping me out and if the situation is appropriate for it.  Rate depends upon a few different factors but in general, I'd toss $30 their way.

Jan 20, 2022 04:49 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

I always had reciprocal partners. I would help them and they would help me.

Jan 20, 2022 09:24 AM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

I've paid agents for showing a home. Usually $50 for the first house which includes travel time and an additional amount after that.

Jan 20, 2022 07:42 AM
J.R. Schloemer, CRS
Kentucky Select Properties - Louisville, KY

Depends on multiple factors. I have not typically had to charge, but the other agents offer a rate for helping them. During the pandemic, I have helped out one of the agents in the office on a regular basis, nearly a team member/personal assistant at this point, that she just has me turn in hours and pays me an hourly rate. It is all up to what you and another can come to agreement.

Jan 20, 2022 07:29 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

I DO NOT CHARGE if the requesting agent has 'cooperated' in the past.
A 'call out of the blue' gets a percentage, not a dollar exchange for my time.
I am NOT in retail.
However, if, in my sole opinion, this presents an opportunity I am willing to develop, I may seize this moment to expand my network.

Jan 20, 2022 05:38 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Actually the other Agent should be offering to compensate you for your time .

Jan 20, 2022 04:44 AM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Lisa Brown I don't charge to show a home for another agent.

Jan 19, 2022 08:21 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I see agents in my office offering $25-50 for a showing if it's just one. I've never charged to do a favor for a colleague because I assume that colleague will help me out when needed.

Jan 20, 2022 09:43 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

No, I don't show homes for other agents.  It's rare to get a call from a "way out of the area" agent with a local buyer that can't come and show the buyer themselves.  Usually, they send them to an open house.

Jan 20, 2022 09:29 AM
Greg Large
ERA Real Solutions - Grove City, OH
A Tradition of Trust

I have agents in my office that we will cover on an as needed basis for each other, extended periods like vacations are referral percentage for transactions initiated or closings.

Jan 20, 2022 07:44 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I have needed help when swamped beyond belief this summer and paid referral fees. Now it depends if i just need a door opened or need them to meet the buyer and take them them to a few homes. I like to for partnerships where we can help each other.

Jan 20, 2022 06:16 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Depends! I do not work for free. Usually at a minimum I would request a referral fee. There would be local agents, under certain circumstances, where I would not charge

Jan 20, 2022 02:52 AM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

I usually do it as a favor and it pays off when I need someone to help me.  There was one young man that was struggling so I did pay him to help.  I think I paid him in the $25 per home range.

Personally, I like Brian England's thoughts on the subject.

Jan 20, 2022 10:48 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

We were a team, and there was always someone to do that.  A

Jan 20, 2022 09:45 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

In Denver it is common to pay $25 per home, but if the home is not close, could be $50.

Jan 20, 2022 06:41 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Agent Retired

I do higher than Brenda Mayette that's for sure. You don't want to make that a comfortable crutch for the other agent. On the other hand, you should have a backup person in mind for situations like this.

Jan 20, 2022 05:54 AM
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

Friends & Family are free as long as I believe that they would do the same for me.  Out of area showings of my listings are free if the agent seems to be appreciative.  Out of area agents with no relations ship, I'd like them to refer the client to me with a 25% referral fee paid to them. If it is just a showing I might just turn them down since the chances of them buying this one house are slim.

Jan 19, 2022 11:26 PM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

I have never charged to show one of my own properties for an agent who is in a situation where they need my help.  And depending on the situation, I would do it for free for an agent who I already know or want to build a better rapport with. Have not had many requests for showing properties for other agents -- unless they requested I take care of a client for them (due to a vacation, etc) and so for that situation we would do a referral fee if it ended in me showing a property that went under contract.

Jan 20, 2022 11:59 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

I've been seeing this happen in the Phoenix area. I for one would not want to drop whatever I'm doing and run off to show a listing for $25 or whatever fee. I can understand a brand new agent wanting to do so and make a little money but that's not me.



Jan 20, 2022 09:50 AM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
A moving experience!

I do not.  But you know, that technically, you cannot accept payment for anything real estate related (such as showing a home) except through your broker. 


I know it happens all the time.  Agents pay other agents to hold open houses for them, to show buyers for them, but technically, you're only supposed to accept payment through your broker.

Jan 20, 2022 08:45 AM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

If it were another agent in our brokerage, we would probably help out for free, and then expect to be reciprocated if needed. If it were an agent from another brokerage, I would expect to pay them something for their time, and vice versa if I were to show a home for another agent. I guess the rate would be negotiable.

Jan 20, 2022 11:36 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Another agent and I have an agreement that if she is unable to show clients a listing, I will do it and vice versa. No payment. It works for us Lisa!

Jan 20, 2022 05:05 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

It depends on your relationship. If it's a team member, or close associate, it's usually done as a favor. Some token of appreciation might be offered.

Jan 20, 2022 05:04 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

  How much does Uber charge to drive people around? 

Jan 20, 2022 04:12 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I would do it for free or ask them to refer the buyer to me and pay them a referral fee.

Jan 20, 2022 12:03 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

While I don't charge to help someone if I am available, I see offers from other agents of $50 to show a property.

Jan 21, 2022 05:07 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

The currency I go buy? I use the happy standard i.e. I'm happy you're happy. If we reach a borderline, the pluses outweigh the negatives. Buyers/sellers peruse open houses, and the sitting agent is told: It's all yours!

Jan 20, 2022 12:40 PM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

I don't but some do. No set rate

Jan 21, 2022 09:56 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

I don't charge, but occasionally an agent in the office that wasn't available, paid me $50.00 a day to show a few houses a day for her.

Jan 21, 2022 09:46 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

When you deal directly with a buyer and learn they are qualified and this is a good fit or that they've been looking for seven years, can't seem to find anything that trips their trigger. You determine what is the best use of your time and if this showing for some agent four hours away is worth your time. You are doing their job and wasting yours. I'm in a small rural market where 90% of sales are list it, show it, sell it. Our buyer agents show their own properties, not me for them.

Jan 21, 2022 05:21 AM
Gary Frimann, CRS, GRI, SRES
Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates - Gilroy, CA
REALTOR and Broker

I've done it for free for Brokers in my Independent Broker Group, but I believe they tried to offer me $50 or $100, if I recall.

Jan 21, 2022 09:59 AM