BY:  Diane Lott, Broker      Paradise Found Realty 

One of the main reasons that I wanted to write a weekly blog was to provide education to the public regarding market conditions, but more importantly to provide the obligations and responsibilities of a profession that is supposed to be ethical and not mislead the public.  Lately, I have seen multiple TV advertisements touting a 2% commission to sellers.  However, if you listen carefully to the ad, it says, “Sell your home for as little as 2% commission. This leads the seller to believe that it will only cost them 2%.  However, if you go to the website being advertised, there is a disclaimer that states this:

*Our agents will list for 2% and offer the typical Buyer’s Agent commission in your market ranging from 2% to 3%. The average Buyer’s Agent commission nationwide is 2.5%. If a buyer calls on your house directly without an agent, our agents have agreed to do the entire transaction for only 2% total. Homes under $150,000 will have a minimum list side commission of $3,000.

What does this ultimately mean?  There are two sides to every transaction.  There is the listing side and the buyer side.  To state that “we will list for 2%” and not be transparent about paying the buyer’s agent a commission is misleading. The ACTUAL commission that will be paid is a minimum of 4.5% or 5. When they say that the seller can list for 2%, that is factual.

The listing agent will earn 2% commission, but the obvious omission of how much the buyer’s agent will be offered is dubious and misleading. Of course, the seller will have to offer a commission to the buyer’s agent to bring their clients.  This is a marketing tool to get the phone to ring only.  When the potential seller acts on this promotion, they learn that the cost to sell their home is much higher than they originally thought.  The only way that it will cost them 2%, is if the seller obtains their own buyer.  The chance of that happening after enlisting the aid of realtors is highly unlikely if not impossible. 

This is not exclusive to this company.  I am seeing this type of advertisement becoming more widespread which is why this leads me to advise you that if it sounds too good to be true…it usually is. Don’t be mislead by advertising that is used to lure you into calling, but then find out that it isn’t what you thought.  That is called “bait and switch” through omission of all the facts.  

Be Well!


Diane Lott, Broker

Owner: Paradise Found Realty

*The highest compliment you can give is when you feel you can refer a friend…
  Hope to see them soon!

Paradise Found Realty, Inc. of Palm City



Phone:  954-294-5060

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