Yaryman wrote in post #17100784
Larry, the seller IS PAYING A 6% COMMISSION.
I'm not arguing the commission amount, I'm saying doing the Realtor a favor when they are charging a 6% commission is absurd.
On the list of people who get free favors, Realtors rank well below lawyers and pond scum.
If you are charging a 6% commission on a sale of 200K to a million dollars and can't provide decent photos, then you don't deserve to represent the client.
You certainly don't deserve charity from the clients friend.
Of course the clients have absolutely zero vested interest in the property moving, and whether it is a $50k property or a $500k property the client clearly doesn't gain the slightest advantage if the property sells today or if things drag on for four or five years, and they don't even need to think about doing anything themselves to help move the property because obviously the realtor is just going to handle all of that for them.
I've been involved in the sales of lots of houses and know several realtors. They're all just totally rolling in the dough, especially in the last ten years with this awesome economy we've been having, so they all go over to clean up the houses for their clients, and pour thousands of dollars of their own money into renovations and upkeep to make the property look better and be easier to sell... No, wait, that is some made up dream land that doesn't actually exist.
Friends are trying to sell a property. Photographer offered to do them a favour and provide better them with better photos to use so they can sell the property faster and use that money to do what they want. If you are hiring someone to build you a new deck then should the contractor and materials supplier give me a kickback if I gift you a bunch of money so you can build a bigger and better deck? They earn more money and have an easier job budget wise because of me, so why shouldn't I get something too!?
But I guess we are all holy saints here, and I can see how people might get confused that other humans may take some advantage of other people's generosity because no photographer would ever dream of getting any kind of a deal, paying less for something than it is truly worth, or taking any kind of advantage offered to them...
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