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$ 17000
May 2008
Holbrook, New York
4 %
Very fast sale with an agent who is into self promotion  more... close row
$ 8400
Mar 2008
Blue Bell, PA
3 % plus 1.5 %
3% plus 1.5% using an MLS system  more... close row

Description of service

The price of a selling a $185,000 home through a real estate agent. They listed our home, showed it, advertised it well, arranged all plans for the actual sale, and negotiated well for us.

Review of Service

We needed to get some money out of our home in order to buy a new one. We had researched a few agents in the area and found that most of them charged 6% to sell a home. We found this agent through a professional association that my husband had established with him. They offered to sell our home for 3% plus 1.5% if we wanted to the MLS system. We decided that MLS was the most convenient way to sell and would probably provide the best chance of selling quickly, so we chose to include that option. This gave us about an additional $3000 to put towards our new home. We couldn't have asked for better service. They communicated well, negotiated to make us happy (even when they recommended against it!), and overall really fought to make sure that we were getting the best deal possible. Our house had three showings the first 2 days we had it one the market and sold with the first one. We were highly impressed with the efficiency professionalism of this "discount" agent. Why pay more?


When looking for an agent, it is really important to have someone you trust. Don't just go with the first person in the phone book. Talk to people and see what they have to offer and weigh the advantages each has to offer. Sometimes going with a discount agent can be well worth your while if they are as professional and established as the ones we used.

$ 6540
Mar 2008
New Castle, PA
6 %
Experienced and effective seller's agent  more... close row
$ 18000
Mar 2008
atlanta, ga
Excellent service helped house sell quickly  more... close row
$ 1500
Jun 2007
Phoenix, AZ
flat fee
Discount real estate service has flat fee  more... close row
$ 15000
Mar 2008
Miami, FL
5 %
Realtorprovided valuable services  more... close row
$ 22500
May 2008
Plainview New York
Senior agent better than a junior agent  more... close row
$ 9600
Sep 2007
Portsmouth, VA
Local real estate agent kept me out of the loop  more... close row
$ 11940
Apr 2008
Amarillo, TX
6 %
Realtor's fees regulated by the state  more... close row
$ 0
Jan 2007
Monroe, Wisconsin
6-7 %
House did not sell under agent  more... close row
$ 0
Mar 2008
Stroudsburg, PA
Home not sold yet but service good  more... close row
$ 10000
Aug 2007
Park City, UT
Bad housing market makes things difficult  more... close row