Frequently Asked Questions about Realstar
Most large brokerages are multi level marketing corporations – everyone taking a piece of your hard earned equity. Realstar is a locally owned and managed full-service broker. We provide the same services you would get with a traditional franchise broker without unnecessary staff pushing papers. We pass that savings along to you.
Why is Realstar so much cheaper than 6% brokers?
The real question is: Why do other brokerages still charge so much – when the cost for marketing a home has dropped thousands over the years. Why do they make their bottom line more important than yours?
How can Realstar charge such a low commission?
Realstar gives sellers the same ‘product’ as our competitor (ie MLS, online marketing etc) but at a more affordable price. We are not a top heavy corporation that eats your equity. You get the same online presence as a traditional real estate company provides plus our award-winning customer service – for a much lower fee. Saving money and better service is why more sellers choose to list their homes with us.
Will enough buyers see my listing if I list with an independent broker like Realstar?
Yes, your listing goes into that very same MLS we all use. Keep in mind, a buyer doesn’t care whose has the home listed – they just want to tour it.
Will a Realtor with a large franchise show my home when Realstar is an independent broker?
Yes. Buyers tell the Realtors which homes they want to see. In addition, the coop commission paid to the buyer agent is market-based at 2.5% (1.4% to Realstar).
What are the benefits with listing with Realstar instead of a franchise?
First is flexibility. We are locally owned and can adapt swiftly to market changes. Also, we can tailor a marketing program easier that the large brokers. More importantly, because we charge less our agents tend to do more deals and as a result have more overall experience than most brokers. Finally, being small our agents time can be spent with our clients instead of corporate paperwork.