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Real Estate Professional | 06 Jul 2015, 11:37 AM Agree 0
With the relaunch of Zoocasa, homebuyers are being warned about the perils associated with selecting the wrong agent – online or otherwise.
  • Peter B. Realtor | 06 Jul 2015, 02:01 PM Agree 0
    Chatter, chatter, chatter. From reading this type of article, or worse, one that simply states the position of one player, the reader has to assume that those points are the only one at play. What nonsense. There have been, and continue to be many FULL time realtors that simply flex their rates to meet market demands (seller's ability or willingness to pay) and still offer the key services that makes them stand apart from "list and run" brokerages that do little. Zoocasa is now trying to take the position of offering superior service and NOT rely only on commission costs as the value of their service. Haven't we been doing that as well?
    An ambiguous claim is little more than a lie, whether it comes from the mouth of some bone-head realtor that insists they will give better service at 5% than someone working at 4% or from the spokes-mouth of the latest "in-thing" in Real Estate. Let's just do our jobs properly.
  • Alex G. Realtor | 06 Jul 2015, 03:20 PM Agree 0
    They didn't matter then, they don't matter now, they will not matter in the future. Sounds to me like the one time discounter is now just a discounter trying to disguise themselves as a traditional Brokerage, but they don't want to be recognized because they'll have to play by the same rules as us real Brokerages. If agents did their jobs, portals like this could not exist.
  • Sylvia R. Realtor-Windsor, ON | 06 Jul 2015, 03:31 PM Agree 0
    Hire a good Realtor and receive great service.
  • Susan | 06 Jul 2015, 07:21 PM Agree 0
    What the article fails to mention is that Lauren Haw is a salesperson with Keller Williams Referred Urban Realty, Brokerage and Scholarhood which is part of the brokerage.
  • uber realty | 06 Jul 2015, 11:10 PM Agree 0
    we need uber realty and weed out the bloated fees by phantom offers guides
  • Susan, Real Estate Broker, | 07 Jul 2015, 09:17 AM Agree 0
    As of July 1 all offers that are presented must be retained by the listing agent and given to the brokerage. Offers that are not accepted must be retained by the listing brokerage for 1 year and the accepted offer for 7 years. That is how the Real Estate Council of Ontario is stopping the "Phantom Offer" situation on multiple offers.
    If a buyer or buyer's agent feels that they were not treated fairly and that there weren't the number of offers that they were told, RECCO will investigate the offers retained by the brokerage. Complaining however will not get the buyer the deal or the agent a commission.
    Real Estate fees are not bloated. The public has no concept of what an agent does for their seller or buyer, before, during and after the deal is done, or not done. Agents do not work on salary. Time and money is spent before any commission is received. Agents can work with buyers for years until they finally make a decision and make a deal on a home. Closing can be from 30 days to a year more before closing. No commission is paid out until a "successful completion" of the deal-meaning title has transferred from seller to buyer.
  • COMMISSION WARS | 07 Jul 2015, 09:47 AM Agree 0
    Same old story how much work we do is why we have bloated fees!!!!?? As if nobody else works hard if not HARDER!!! Competitiion Bureau is challenging the model of trading RE is not because how hard u work is because of the MOnoploy of information(paid for by consumers with their fees they are charged). I agree that everyone should be paid.... but a value which reflects the work done or offered. That is why u see many GREaT AGENTS/SERVICES that will get the job done for $1,000_$2,000 with the same results and MONEY IN UR POCKET FOR UR OWN KIDS EDUCATION OR NEEDS!!!! . The Bloated fees will argue u get what u pay for the OLDEST argument in the world. Of course when u pay bloated fees it is guaranteed!!?? Naïve!!

    UBER REALTY!!!!! UBER REALTY!!! Susan go ahead and if u can convince ur clients to pay you bloated fees ..GO AHEAD!!!
  • Peter B. Realtor | 12 Jul 2015, 04:08 PM Agree 0
    It would be nice if the "competition board" would deal with the "procedure" fees charged by dentists, veterinarians, and other "professional services" that overlap their procedure fees. seriously, $180 to clip off my puppies broken dew claw. There are people that work honestly and do not earn $180 per day (after taxes or before), yet a "professional" can charge this for 10 minutes worth of effort.
    You complain about Realtors commissions without taking into account the amount of time we spend working with buyers and sellers with NO guarantee of ANY income for our efforts. I have just shown my buyers their 14th house in the third community (and I am in a rural area so these communities can be 45 minutes apart). One offer that did not go through and so we continue to look.
    The "competition board" needs to justify its existence and so they pick on an unorganized bunch (realtors are not organized) that are essentially represented by dimwit boards. What we, realtors, need is to organize into a Canada-wide association that is at arms length from CREA and individual boards so that WE can collectively have say in our future and not rely on Brokers that are just playing the numbers game by hiring dead-wood and collecting desk fees. As for you COMMISSION WARS, YOU ARE A BUFFOON.
  • | 12 Jul 2015, 06:34 PM Agree 0
    They are just hopeing the millions that Rogers spent on adds, will be worth the money they spent on the Web site/ name. $350,000 is a lot to pay for a name that did not make money, ,The name without ,great service, does not work.
  • Door Opener | 12 Jul 2015, 07:39 PM Agree 0
    Petey is so mature with his name calling he must be feeling some pressure...being a tour guide and opening doors must be exhausting.

    Yoga will help petey and pace urself when u look up comprables so u don't over do it. The role of the tour guide is becoming obvious to the consumers that is why u are getting realistic tourers charging 1000-2000 per transaction.

    Makes sense according to petey they are unorganized that is why they need the strong arm of the competiton bureau to put them straight.
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