Finding The Home That You Love

Just like people searching for a soul mate on a personals match website, when searching from your next dream home, like the ad says, “it’s ok to look online”. The first time people see a home is not when they physically view it, but when they see it online. Search websites like, Trulia, Zillow, to find out what hunk (of brick and mortar) is available.

Use a matchmaker. Or in this case your friendly neighborhood real estate agent. Our search tools are far more advanced than those of the public. It is a free service to the buyer, since we get paid a commission from the seller. The expertise that a good agent (one that has a lot of transactions under his belt – not just years on the job) can bring to the transaction can help make that love-at-first-sight attraction into a sustainable, long-term, fulfilling relationship especially when it comes to writing and negotiating the contract. In fact, we at Duffy Realty of Atlanta pay our buyer clients a dowry, in most cases equal to 1% of the sale price in the form of a buyer cash bonus check at closing.

Don’t get into a shotgun wedding. If you are having problems making the deal, contract or closing process work, and the other side has defaulted in some way, just walk. Get your earnest money back and go find the next “Mr. Right”. Honey, this one just wasn’t for you. And nowadays there are many fish in the sea.

Rhonda Duffy

The Duffy Buyer Cash Bonus

We recognize that you are doing most of the work to find your own home. If you will allow us to do the expertise part of the job, while you search for the home that you want to buy using our tools, we will share our commission with you.

In real estate transactions, at least those in the MLS, the seller pays a commission to the buyer’s agent. That commission ranges from 2 to 4% of the sales price. We are willing to pay you part of our commission based on how many houses we show you.

This program has been so successful that in 2007 alone, we gave our buyer clients over
1.1 million dollars.

Here is how it works:

If we show you:

1 to 3 houses we will give you 50% of our commission

4 houses we will give you 45% of our commission

5 houses we will give you 40% of our commission

6 houses we will give you 35% of our commission

7 houses we will give you 30% of our commission

8 houses we will give you 25% of our commission

9 houses we will give you 20% of our commission

10 houses or more and we will give you $500.00.**

Checks are mailed 5 business days after closing. .0034 of the sales price is taken from the buyer’s split.

Buyer must be under Exclusive Buyer Agency, but may elect to terminate agreement at any time.

** no .0034 of the sales price fee is taken from a $500.00 Buyer Cash Bonus check.

Here is a list of some of what we do for You…

We will give you our Superior Tools – At No Charge

We Run Comps and any other Information Tools on all Houses that You seriously consider

We Show you As Many Houses That You Want

We Can Preview Houses for You when you accept the lowest Option of the Incentive Plan

We will Play Devil’s Advocate giving you advice on all houses that You are serious about

We Talk to your Lender with You

We Give you Homework that makes you an Educated Buyer

We Take you to the Neighbors before you Buy

We Use the Same Forms, Same Processes and Same Rules as all other agents

We Write the Contract for Purchase covering all the bases for You

We Use our Secret Formula to get the Best Price

We Train Frequently to be Trained Assassins on your Behalf

We Train Frequently to Learn How to Get Along with Everyone while getting you the Best Deal

We Watch over the Inspection Process

We Schedule and Attend the Punch List for New Construction or Walk-Through of Resale Properties

We Schedule and Attend (if needed) Closing with you

Call us today to get started getting the money that you deserve. What can you use a couple thousand dollars for? 678-366-7846

Here is an example of what this commission split means to you.

$300,000 home; 3% commission paid by seller to someone (might as well be us and you) = $9,000.00. We take you to 3 houses or less by you removing homes from your list by previewing them online and by drivebys. 50% commission split to you less .0034 fee = $3,480.00.

Rhonda Duffy

Consumer Advocate for Buyers and Sellers

P.S. We can act as your full service agent too. We will preview for you and take you to as many homes as necessary and still pay you $150.00 after closing.

Visit Duffy Realty of Atlanta – Buyer Cash Bonus

How to Interview A Real Estate Agent for Buyers and Sellers

Most home sellers and especially home buyers have no clue as to how to interview their future real estate agent. You have the right to have someone represent you as a buyer client even though the seller pays the commission. This is called buyer agency. Most states require that you sign an agreement in writing that you want representation. This document can be terminated so you don’t have to feel that you have hired someone that is not worthy of your business.

Hiring the right agent is tricky because your motive is not always their motive. Your motive is to find the best house. Their motive is to make some money from your transaction. So, follow the steps below to hire the best real estate agent for you.

Questions to Ask and Ideas to Follow to Find the Best Agent:

1. Question: How many transactions have you done in the last 6 months? Answer: If the answer is less than 6, keep looking. Less than 6 transactions mean less than 1 transaction per month. This person is rusty at best.

2. Question: How many seller clients and how many buyer clients do you have presently? Answer: Should be at least 4.

3. Question: What is your game plan for finding me the best house OR the best buyer? Answer: Should be thought out and not winging it.

4. Question: What are your business hours? Answer: It should be real times of the day and there should be a cut-off point. Agents who over-service their clients are not working with enough clients to have experience where experience counts – transactions.

5. Question: If I don’t like your representation, what are my options? Answer: Should have precise step-by-step answer to exiting the written agreement.

6. Question: Do you have a partner, assistant or a team? Answer: You have to decide if this is important to you. Many buyers and sellers tell me that they were frustrated with their “one-man band” agent when they got sick, took vacation or had another client for the day when they wanted to see homes or when their offer came in.

7. Question: Do you have another job? Answer: Again, you have to decide. However, if you are needy or a typically demanding person, you will not like this person calling you after they get off work or you having to call them at “their other job”.

8. For Sellers: Question: How do you feel about the St. Joseph Statute? * FYI: The St. Joseph statute, myth or not, some people firmly believe is a contributing factor or the sole reason that their house sold. Answer: The point is that you do not want an agent who is stuck in the box. The agent should have the opinion that they will do whatever it takes to get the house sold and will consider all options.

So, take your job seriously when interviewing both a buyer’s agent and a listing agent. Don’t just think that you have to use your good friend that just got their real estate license last month because you have gone to church with her for the last hundred years. Be serious about the professional that is going to represent you and expect professional results.