Frequently Asked Questions
We love answering your questions. Some questions below address head-on misdirections “planted” by some unscrupulous real estate agents, while others cover some of the basics questions often asked, and then others we thought you would want to know. If you have a question (or two) that are not discussed here, please feel free to contact us. Always, without pressure or obligation.
YES, we are a full-service real estate company!
Offering lower commission does not mean getting less service – not by a long shot. BETTER BUY REALTY is a full-service real estate company. You get everything you would expect from listing your home with any Realtor and then some.
Why the “and then some”?
We, as consumers, have been conditioned to believe that paying less equates to getting less. Furthermore, it’s not hard to conceive that outside real estate agents may plant that seed while trying to solicit a listing. After all, if they are charging more commission than we do for the same service, they got some explaining to do. Unfortunately, most agents don’t talk themselves up; Often, they would instead talk others down.
We don’t play games. That’s why our tagline says, “No Gimmicks. Just Results.”
We do more (“…and then some”) because we can’t afford to offer or even have it suggested that we give less service because of a reasonable fee. What we do compared to most of our competitors (that charge more commission) is outstanding in comparison. We go above and beyond. We always urge every seller to interview several Realtors and include us in that mix. This way, you can contrast how we market your home for sale compared to others. We are confident that when you compare, you’ll make the smart choice – BETTER BUY REALTY.
In addition to restructuring our commission by eliminating one agent (of 4) from the food chain that gets paid from every sale, we designed BETTER BUY REALTY from the ground up to dominant selling homes on a conservative commission.
We removed unnecessary expenses, and trimmed fat was not needed, immediately eliminated national franchise fees, and then implement a fiscal budget around a more realistic overhead.
In other words, we take a conservative approach to business. We have a beautiful office but not a flashy over the top building, and we don’t waste money on anything that is not efficient for selling homes. We invest in smart technology that sells homes (your home) and do not spend money on unneeded or frivolous things. It’s those savings we pass on to you.
NOPE. NONE. NADDA
The most commission you pay is 4%. Our listing agreement is very straightforward and transparent. You will not be surprised during your listing or at closing.
WE WILL LOWER OUR COMMISSION DOWN TO ONLY 1.5%
If you find the buyer or the buyer finds you, then we will reduce our commission down to only 1.5%!* It happens more often than you think! If it does happen, we still do all the same full-service work as if a Realtor brought the buyer; We’ll vet the buyer for creditworthiness, help them with inspections, and hold their hand all the way to closing.
This means we take you and (our) buyer both to closing for only one and half percent. That’s massive savings and comfort, knowing that you have this safety blanket.
*Of course, that’s only if another Realtor is not involved. Otherwise, we have to pay the buyer’s agent. 🙂
Our commission can only go down. The most commission you pay listing your home with BETTER BUY REALTY is four percent or (as low as) one and a half percent if you happen to be fortunate to find the buyer or the buyer finds you.
There is no sliding scale, no what-ifs, or surprises. Your rate remains the same; No more than four but as low as one.
It's paramount to compensate outside agents if they bring a buyer to your home or property. In fact, we pay them the same compensation they would expect. To them, the pay is the same. How do we do it? We earn less - simple as that. In other words, they earn more (the lion-share) of the four percent.
We sell each other's inventory! They pay us to bring buyers to their listings too and when we do, it's the same compensation we pay them. We all belong to the same MLS, depend on each other for our success, and compensate each other for the buyer. Learn More
If an agent lowers their standard rate (i.e., 6% commission to 5% or lower) as a “special” deal for you, is it? If that same agent has some sellers paying more, and you are paying less in comparison, you are now their “discount seller.”
Either the agent is worth every penny they charge, or they are not. If an agent cannot justify to you their value, then don’t list with them at any rate. A good Realtor should be convincing you that they are the best at selling homes, not lowering their rate to solicit your listing; This is dangerous and contradictive.
If you become their “Discount Seller,” who do you think your agent will favor spending money on marketing, promotions, and advertising? Will they find the same importance returning your calls? Will they negotiate offers on your home with the same conviction as they do with their higher-paying clients?
The math is different from someone that earns their living on commission; When a Realtor lowers their commission by just 1%, that could equate to thousands of dollars of lost income to them – its thousands!
Don’t risk being in this situation
List your home with BETTER BUY REALTY. We have no financial motivation to favor one listing over the other because everyone pays the same; No one is a “discount seller.” Nor do we have any animosity with our more reasonable rate … We built an entire company around it! We have developed a very fine-tuned and well-oiled home selling machine. List with us, and we promise; Your home will sell quickly and for top dollar.
No Gimmicks. Just Results.
BETTER BUY REALTY was the first real estate company in Flagler County to privately own the Matterport camera system; we now have two systems. The home tours created by this remarkable camera is incredible and buyers love them.
Matterport Tours Matter
It’s such an essential marketing tool to sell your home, not to have a Matterport tour included with your home listing puts you at a considerable disadvantage. With it, you get higher rankings on the most popular websites and more home showings. Learn more
YES! We Love All of Flager County! We list homes for sale in Beverly Beach, Bunnell, Flagler Beach, Marineland, Palm Coast, and everything in the middle.
Our primary office is in Palm Coast, Florida, located within City Market Place (next to Walmart), which is centrally located to serve all of Flagler County; Walmart chooses this area because of this very reason; located close to all residences.
Remember, there is only one MLS in Flagler County; Every real estate office uses the same one (MLS) regardless of where their actual office is located. We promise if your home is in Flagler Beach (or anywhere in Flagler), it will receive the same local and National exposure your home expects and deserves. You’re in good hands with BETTER BUY REALTY.
Yes! It is suggested that you use a lockbox when selling your home. Even if, you are going to be present at the showing! Our lockboxes have so many more advantages to help you sell your home vs. any of its negatives.
Why in the world would you not use it?
It's safe, it's accountable (who has & had access), and it's convenient for Realtors, home inspectors, and appraisers. Learn more