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Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I don't.  And as it was presented to me when I started, either you charge them to everyone, or you don't.  You don't want to get caught picking and choosing who gets one charged.  Could be problematic.

Mar 30, 2016 09:05 AM
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Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate
Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

I never have yet and doubt I ever will.

Chris Ann Cleland has this one!

 

Mar 30, 2016 09:49 AM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Nope, and have no plans to. And if you do it should be to all, otherwise you could get in trouble for discrimination.

Mar 30, 2016 09:23 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

No, and you need to be careful about it and have a written justification about what it is for to protect yourself.

Mar 30, 2016 09:12 AM
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

No, tried that many years ago & didn't fly.

What Chris Ann said is an important thought. You either charge everyone or no one.

Mar 30, 2016 09:07 AM
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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

     I charge Sellers an upfront non-refundable fee that covers my basic expenses.   But no fee to Buyers.

Mar 30, 2016 08:26 AM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I do not and it is not my company's policy to do so.

Mar 30, 2016 01:05 PM
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Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

No. It's usually not needed. And Chris Ann Cleland is correct, everyone gets equal service.

Mar 30, 2016 09:08 AM
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Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

So far no as it is not the way real estate business is conducted.

Mar 30, 2016 08:36 AM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Angelia Bynum Yes, it tells me that the potential client is serious. I ask for a nonrefundable retainer that I will give back at the closing or lease signing.

Chris Ann Cleland makes a good point. If you do ask for a retainer you have to ask everyone. Otherwise, you could have a Fair Housing issue.

Mar 30, 2016 11:23 PM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Only once in 30 years for  a buyer who had made literrally 15 offers, all too low. If they wanted further help and was not going to make reasonable offers, i added a non refundable fee for services, his next offer was near full price and they got the home

Mar 30, 2016 10:53 PM
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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I don't. 

Mar 30, 2016 10:07 PM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Two scenarios exist;  those in the rent sphere and investors who are prone to papering the real estate environment.

For both of these they PAY for services received, not deferred to closing.

I know they will find an 'eager beaver' who will work without compensation. These agents will become aware of the consequences eventually. 

Mar 30, 2016 09:16 PM
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Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

No, I decide if the client and I are a fit and if we are I am all-in without need for any retainer.

Mar 30, 2016 06:43 PM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I'd love to, but it is not customary in my area..., and I do not think, my broker would be ok with that. 

Mar 30, 2016 04:45 PM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Angelia Bynum - no I don't. I think it's some legal concerns - not sure though.

Mar 30, 2016 02:07 PM
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Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

I do not believe it is legal to do so.

Mar 30, 2016 12:41 PM
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Never

Mar 30, 2016 12:41 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
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Yes we do.

Mar 30, 2016 11:10 AM
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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
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No I don't. 

Mar 30, 2016 11:06 AM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I have done something similar and I have the premise ready to go if needed

Mar 30, 2016 10:07 AM
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FN LN
Toronto, ON

It depends.

Mar 30, 2016 08:54 AM
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Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

No, we have not here in AZ, and Roger has not in CA Angelia Bynum

Mar 30, 2016 08:52 AM
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Nope, the only fee National Marketing Realtors has is our commission, period!

Mar 30, 2016 08:27 AM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I don't but know I had a buyer a few years ago I wished I had before showing them nearly 100 houses!  

Apr 02, 2016 12:34 AM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Sounds like a fast way to get out of real estate

Mar 31, 2016 09:47 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

No.  Not a lawyer. 

Mar 31, 2016 02:58 AM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I never have, but I have heard of Realtors that do.

Mar 31, 2016 12:57 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

never.... 

Mar 31, 2016 12:20 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

No. 

Mar 30, 2016 11:30 PM
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Susan Laxson CRS
Premier Sotheby's International Realty - Naples, FL
The Michelle Thomas Team

No, I don't. It will be interesting to read how many do and how much they charge.

Mar 30, 2016 11:16 PM
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John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
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I do not.

Mar 30, 2016 10:47 PM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

I don't.   

Mar 30, 2016 10:47 PM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

No.

Mar 30, 2016 10:44 PM
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Melissa Jackson
Century 21 Alliance Properties - Azle, TX
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I don't.

Mar 30, 2016 01:49 PM
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Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

I don't, and have not heard of anyone in this area doing that.

Mar 30, 2016 12:34 PM
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Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

No retainer fees.

Mar 30, 2016 11:51 AM
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Bob Betel
Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc. - Sweetwater, TN
President, Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc

 A retainer fee??? As a consumer, I would not give a RE agent a fee to have them show me homes. I may buy, I may not, but I'm certainly not paying to look. Sounds too much like those lawyer guys.

Mar 30, 2016 10:05 AM