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Realtors to rally at Ga. Capitol

Monday, Jan. 28, 2013 7:20 AM
Last updated Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013 2:14 AM
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Augusta area Realtors will join hundreds of their peers today at a Rally for Home­own­ership on the steps of the Georgia Capitol.

The rally is part of the Georgia Realtors 2013 Inaugural Meeting, a four-day conference that focuses on education and networking for Realtors. Gov. Nathan Deal is scheduled to speak.

Around 700 people are expected to attend the rally.

“Housing plays an essential role in the economic recovery of Georgia,” said Lili Youngblood, the 2013 president of the Greater Augusta As­so­ciation of Realtors. “We wanted to show our legislators and elected officials that Realtors are here to support the continued recovery of the housing market and that we’re keeping an eye on threats that would hinder its recovery.”

The Georgia Association of Realtors is a voluntary professional association with more than 26,000 licensed real estate brokers and salespeople.

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/28/13 - 10:05 am
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Well, the Realtors should take up a collection for the legal defense fund of Carrie Knotts, the woman who burned her house down in North Augusta last week. Actions such as that will lead to more home construction and more real estate agent commissions.

Arson

my.voice
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my.voice 01/28/13 - 12:59 pm
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Sure they are interested in

Sure they are interested in the recovery, they grab 7% or better for doing absolutely nothing.

-This is a kitchen
-This is a bedroom
-This is a den
-This is the yard

They attorneys doing the legal work get a fraction of what a realtor gets, maybe $500-$600. Surveyors get even less than that , maybe $200-$300. They are the ones with all the exposure.

So for instance, a realtor gets $14,000 selling a $200k home. At $100 an hour, that's 140 hours, or 3.5 weeks of full 8-hour days.

With all the technology available today, and the crash of the housing values, it's time for commissions to reduce. I mean you realtors do want to be part of the solution, don't you?

walkedit
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walkedit 01/28/13 - 01:30 pm
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my.voice
Shows you have no experience in the real estate world. The successful ones work more than 8 hour days and some 7 days a week. They pay outrageous advertising fees. After trying to sell a $400,000 home by owner for 6 months, I was very happy to pay a Realtor 7%, because I didn't have to deal with lookers who couldn't buy it if they wanted, and it actually SOLD. Try cutting your pay by the same percentage, and work the hours some of them work, and post how that works for you?

my.voice
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my.voice 01/28/13 - 01:39 pm
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@walkedit: I know plenty

@walkedit: I know plenty about real estate. I had to take a listing away from a realtor well known in the area and I doubled my price on the home and sold it. I had to use some creativity, but I am NOT an agent, but did sell it.

Realtors have a corner on the market because we have allowed them to and have grown dependent on them. FSBO are not always successful for a number of reasons. And I didn't say do away with them, I just cant justify $28,000 (in your case) to sell a home when their counterparts are getting significantly less.

And I work 8-10 hours per day just like everyone does. I don't know what that has to do with anything.

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Willow Bailey 01/29/13 - 09:15 am
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Good Realtors excel at

Good Realtors excel at attracting buyers and dealing with liars.

walkedit
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walkedit 01/29/13 - 11:47 am
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Agree 100% Willow Bailey. And doubled the price? Must have been a very low sales price and/or a sucker came along for my.voice.
My time, and the safety of my family, was well-worth $28,000. To each their own.

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