James Brockway (Brockway Realty, LLC)

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Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

It depends entirely on the relationships within the office and the relationship with the agent helping out.  I have one agent who will handle all of our rental inquiries, for no fee, we are happy to have someone good to whom to refer them;  in exchange, she is happy to show properties in our absence, if the need arises. Since there are two of us who work together as a team, we rarely need extra help, but if we did, we would pay by the hour if it's a matter of showing a property or two, or a % if it's more involved.  Definitely discuss upfront and determine what's fair to both parties.

Apr 14, 2015 01:30 AM
Penny Brockway
Brockway Realty - League City, TX

I like the advice you all have given. We have great people in our office and it feels like family so typically conversations about pay for showing one or two listings doesn't come up since we all feel like it will be reciprocated down the road. However, I think I will address it with our agents at the next meeting and get their input. 

Apr 14, 2015 12:11 AM
S. Leanne Paynter ☼ Broward County, FL
United Realty Group, Inc. - Davie, FL
Davie, Plantation, Cooper City & Weston Specialist

Those types of things should be agreed to ahead of time (preferably in writing, even if just in an email they replied to) so there's no misunderstanding.  I'd pay a set dollar amount per showing, but not part of my commission.

Apr 13, 2015 12:14 PM
James Brockway
Brockway Realty, LLC - League City, TX

Thanks Pete and Russ. I learned what I consider the hard way once when I agreed to pay an agent 10% when I was catching a plane to go out of town. After the agent showed a few homes that day, I showed that client homes for several months and paid $1,200 to the agent at closing of a home that the other agent didn't show. After that I thought an hourly rate, say $25 per hour, would be reasonable.

Apr 13, 2015 11:31 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Maybe.  It depends on your relationship with the agent.  You could also pay the agent for the showing.

Sep 26, 2018 06:52 AM
Ajay Pandya
e-Merge Real Estate - Columbus, OH
Realtor Ajay Pandya

Just showing fees only.

Apr 17, 2018 10:33 PM
Spirit Messingham
Tierra Antigua Realty - Tucson, AZ
Third Generation Full-Time Realtor® 520 471-6900

Huh.  Well, I would set the expectations with that other agent first and foremost.  Other than after I had my hip replaced, I have never needed to have another agent show the client(s) I represent a property.   I have a calendar, I book clients around our schedules.   If it is just 1 or a couple of properties, I would not expect a fee or commission for helping out a friend for the showing. 

Apr 13, 2015 11:41 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

one good turn deserves another....there should not be a fee expected.... if there is, I'd be looking for a better group of people to work with....a place where you don't need to velcro your pockets ....

Apr 13, 2015 10:32 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I think this is one of those  that any answer is fine as long as it is clear upfront- the issues comes when there are grey areas. 

Apr 13, 2015 09:50 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

It is always good to tell the agent what you will pay so there is no misunderstanding.

Apr 13, 2015 09:39 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I think it depends on the nature of your relationship with the other agent. I have often helped out other agents and they do the same for me and we call it a wash.

Apr 13, 2015 08:48 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

I've done it several times and I have not asked for anything.  Turn about is fair play however.  It won't happen in my office

Apr 13, 2015 08:24 PM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Not in my office. We work together to help each other out. That's just the way we do it. 

Apr 13, 2015 02:32 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

It's mutual understanding - and it depends on the relationship with this agent.


Apr 13, 2015 01:01 PM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

No. The agent can offer to pay $50.00 or whatever to cover cost of time and gas.

Apr 13, 2015 11:31 AM
Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239
Real Estate One - Commerce, MI
Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com

No we pay the substitue agent a per showing or hourly fee

Apr 13, 2015 11:06 AM
Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide

I have paid a flat fee to have some showings covered by another agent, it's business and some sort of compensation is suggested.

Apr 13, 2015 10:59 AM
Cindy Davis
SD Home Source Realty - San Diego, CA

Of course not, none of us should be expected to work for free. If it's just the one time, I would offer an hourly fee.

Apr 13, 2015 09:38 AM