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Qualified Buyers Get HUGE Savings
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Smart homebuyers get to save thousands of dollars by picking the right realtor.
NO OTHER REALTOR OFFERS MORE SAVINGS THAN US!
Buyer Rebate Program
Full consultation just like traditional realtor
Guidance and advice at every step
Perfect for homebuyers that are familiar with online searching
Applicable to properties over $200k
Rebate up to 1.75% for qualified buyers
Limited number of free showings
Every transaction is unique! We can not give a universal applicable number. Rebate amount will be estimated on a case-by-case basis. Contact us for a quote.
*Free showings means no upfront payment. We will give you a quote of the number of free showings together with the rebate amount. Additional showings will require an upfront payment of $75-$100/showing.
Buyers must sign exclusive representation agreement to secure the rebate.
For properties under $200k, contact us to see if you qualify for other savings.
It’s a common misconception that realtors work for you “for free”. So many buyers don’t think too much when choosing a realtor. But IT’S NEVER FREE! Buyer realtor’s commission ultimately comes from you, the buyer. By providing you commission rebates, we are able to give you real savings.
Let’s look at an example adapted from real life*. (*Example not including mortgage related cost, prepaid tax and insurance. Numbers adjusted slightly for illustration.)
Tell us the home you are interested in, we'll calculate your rebate amount.
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Contact us to see if you qualify for this program and get a quote. Buyer needs to have an established real estate portfolio and does not need any hand-holding during the process.
Buyers will need to sign an exclusive representation agreement to secure the rebate. All service fees are to be paid upfront.
We are licensed to sell properties all over Illinois. But due to the constraint of our resources, our main service area is Chicago, Northshore and Western Suburbs, including, but not limited to:
Northbrook, Deerfield, Highland Park, Lake Forest, Riverwoods, Glencoe, Winnetka, Wilmette, Northfield, Buffalo Grove, Long Grove, Lincolnshire, Bannockburn, Wheeling, Prospect Heights, Arlington Heights, Mount Prospect, Kenilworth, Evanston, Skokie, Niles, Morton Grove, Golf, Glenview, Des Plaines, Park Ridge, Rosemont, Rolling Meadows, Schaumburg, Lincolnwood, Western Springs, Oak Brook, Oakbrook Terrace, Hinsdale, Clarendon Hills, Westmont, Downers Grove, Naperville, Lisle, Warrenville, Wheaton
To Help You Decide
We prepared a Pros and Cons list comparing our services to traditional realtors
Need we say more?
Our Flat Fee Program warrants the HIGHEST rebate you can ever get in the market place – you pay only for the service you need, and get FULL commission rebate.
Our Rebate Program still offers more savings than other traditional realtors.
The IRS ruled that realtor commission rebates are not taxable income. So don’t worry that the big check you received will cause you tax burden at year end. Although we do recommend talking to your accountant about the specific treatment of the rebate when you file tax return.
A real estate transaction involves many parties, many laws and regulations, and things you may or may not be aware of. It pays to have an experienced professional on your side.
No more paper shuffling. We employ the latest doc-sharing and e-signature technologies to make life easier.
If you need us any time, we can be reached via e-mail, text, phone call, and online chatting.
Unlike most realtors that just show properties and can’t answer any of your other questions, we are knowledgeable in the entire process from contract to closing, even loan underwriting process, and many legal aspects (we are not lawyers though).
We provide objective assessments and answer your questions, but rest assured, we will never pressure you into anything you don’t want.
We won’t pile on complicated jargon just to show that we are knowledgeable. Nor will we hide behind inexplicable laws or procedures to shirk responsibilities. The home buying process is stressful, but it doesn’t need to be confusing. You as the consumer deserve to be in the know.
At the very least, you need to have a smart phone or a computer. Some of our process need you to follow the software prompts or download an app. Most communications will be online.
Unlike traditional realtors, who claim to work “for free” but actually charge an exorbitant fee at closing, we provide clear pricing structure so you can budget upfront. The Flat Fee Program actually provides a buyer with maximum savings possible.
For example, Buyers visited 10 homes and submitted an offer on a $350k home, obtained conventional mortgage, closed within 2 months, used 5 hours of consultation. Buyers will get a saving of roughly $6,000!
Based on market statistics, buyers on average see 10 properties in total to find the one they buy. So in the majority of the cases, you can expect to save more!
Because of our extremely low cost, we can’t sustain if we offer unlimited free showings since it is a major cost to us. We will give a case-by-case quote based on individual buyer’s situation.
Over the years, we have found that realtor interference with the market research/property finding process to be counter-productive and intrusive. Especially with all the information available online, it is redundant for realtors to recommend properties to buyers when buyers can see the same thing online. It is precisely because we cut out this part are we able to offer you the biggest rebates. Also see FAQ section for more discussion on this topic.
This is to help protect you (e.g. you pick the property you visited during open house, seller agent could force you to work with him; or previous agents that has showed you properties might claim you owe them commission), and also to protect us, given our extremely low cost.
But if you find a property for sale by owner, there is no charge on our side.
This is due to the fixed cost on our side for every deal.
Let's Get Started
2 We will reach out to determine which rebate program you qualify, and how we could help.
3 Once you are ready to move forward, we will send you docs to e-sign.
4 We do the work following your directions.
5 You have a winning offer! We’ll guide you through closing.
6 Congratulations on your closing! Now expect a big rebate check!
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How do you do market research?
First of all, ask yourself what do you want from a house. Do you value a short commute time, or space for a growing family, or a good school district for your children, or a potential to flip the house for profit? Then research different neighborhoods.
As they say, location is the most important feature of a house. Which neighborhood you choose will directly affects your future lifestyle. When you have a vague idea of what properties might interest you, go to different open houses to get a feel. You’ll get first hand experience of further details of different properties, e.g. street parking, neighbors, yard work, oldness or newness, smells, sun exposure, room layouts, etc. Then you’ll further narrow down what you like and what you can’t tolerate.
We recommend set up a search alert on real estate websites, like Realtor.com or Redfin.com, so you’ll get notified immediately when new properties hit the market. Of course, we can also help you set up an MLS alert if you so desire.
With that said, we are not hanging you out to dry! We hold free consultations to identify your need, give recommendations, strategies. And we are always just a message or phone call away.
Buying a home involves many parties. Depending on whether you need a mortgage, there are different fees to take into consideration when you are setting your budget.
Most of the these fees exist whether you take a loan or not:
- Attorney fee
- Title settlement fee
- Recording fee
- Transfer tax
- Hazard insurance
- Inspection fee
When you take a loan, the bank or other financial institution will charge some or all of the following fees:
- Loan point
- Rate lock fee
- Underwriting fee
- Credit check
- Appraisal fee
- Title insurance
- Flood zone search
- Documentation fee
- Courier fee
- Property tax escrow
- Prepaid interest
Then how much closing fee should one expect? Not that we don’t want to give a number, but the reality is, there are so many different situations that makes the closing fee swing wildly from one property to the next. Any “ball park” figure could be so far off from the reality that it’s misleading. You may see an estimate of 2% – 5% of purchase price for most properties. But depend on your credit, the Bank fees could be over 3%. If the property tax is very high or very low, it could tilt your closing cost heavily. It should be noted that although the property tax and insurance escrow at closing are not necessarily “lending fees” as you have to pay them anyway, Banks usually require some extra money as their reserve, although refundable in the future. So those have to come our of your pocket at closing.
The bottom line is, all fees are eclipsed by realtor fees. And with our rebate, you can expect much less burden at closing.
- Before everything, make sure you have a loan pre-approval or sufficient fund.
- You identify the properties you would like to visit.
- We will set up the showings for you.
- We provide pricing consultations for the properties you are interested in.
- Once you decide on a property you like, we will help you prepare an offer and present to the seller.
- We will negotiate with the seller for your interest.
- Rest assured all confidential information you provided us are confidential forever.
- You’ve got a contract!
- You need to pay the earnest money.
- We will help you arrange an inspection.
- We will coordinate with the attorney for contract review.
- We will coordinate with the Bank for appraisal.
- We will further negotiate on your behalf based on inspection results.
- Your loan is approved.
- Closing date is set. We will let you know what to prepare for closing.
- We will coordinate for you to do a final walk through of the property.
- Closing day.
- We will send you a rebate check.
There are two scenarios to your question.
First, it is the law in Illinois that requires minimum services provided by one realtor representing his client. That means, if we represent you in this transaction, we are obligated to provide a bundle of service (drafting contract, negotiation, closing coordination, etc). It is only through our representation that we could get my commission, and provide you with maximum rebate.
The second scenario is we only provide consultation service on drafting the contract, which we think is your target. However, we wouldn’t be “representing” you as agent to client. (We will cut the crap where other realtors will talk about not acting out of your interest without representation) The key problem here is that the Seller’s realtor, seeing there’s no Buyer’s realtor, will keep all commission (6%) to himself, or they’ll push to represent you as a dual agent. Occasionally, you can negotiate directly with the Seller’s realtor to let him refund you. But we’ve never seen a realtor willing to let go as much as our rebate.
There is no hidden fees.
Under the Flat Fee Program, all services fees are listed and due upfront. And buyers will get full commission rebate after closing.
Under the Rebate Program, there is no upfront fee, but limited number of free showings may apply. If the deal closes successfully, buyer doesn’t need to pay out of pocket, as the remaining of the fee will be collected at closing. Buyer will get a rebate after we clear the closing check.
Simply put, too high a fee for unnecessarily wasted time.
Traditionally, people rely on realtors to recommend properties to them, and arrange showings (think of the days when property listings are kept in the local realtor’s big book…) Some people would even see hundreds of houses before making a decision, and maybe they decide not to buy, or not to buy with this realtor. The poor realtor, having worked for months counting on the deal closing to get the commission, ended up not being compensated at all. It was precisely because of this reason that realtors charge an exorbitant fee since they need to hedge for those people leaning heavily on them.
But today, we have so much information available online. Property listing websites have rendered the traditional realtor’s “property finding” service obsolete, and made finding a home much easier. Then it doesn’t make any sense to charge the buyers the old fee when realtors don’t provide the old services.
Let us explain how the commission is arranged in detail in a real estate transaction.
On paper, all commissions are paid by the seller at closing. Usually, the realtors’ commission account for 5-6% of the sales price, split between the seller’s agent and the buyer’s agent. So, even when the buyer’s realtor claims that she works for free, she gets paid by the seller in the end. She’s only not directly charging the buyer.
But how does the seller get the money? The money comes from you, the buyer’s purchase price.
Let’s look at an example. You bought a house listed for $450k. After a lengthy negotiation, you were able to get the house for $440k. That’s the price (besides other closing fees) you pay at closing. And after the seller gets the $440k, he would pay about $22k in commissions to both realtors (after other expenses, seller would net about $400k). The buyer’s realtor would get approximately $10k. And this money actually came from you, the buyer.
So with a rebate agent, she would pay you back a big rebate, say $6000, from the commission from seller. This is equivalent to getting an “insider’s discount”, further knocking down your purchase price. In the end, you are able to buy a $440k house with $434k.
You can’t save by directly working with the seller’s realtor. The real reason isn’t like what you heard elsewhere “because they can’t represent your best interest since they are working with both parties”. A professional realtor should be able to clearly segregate each party she works for, protect everybody’s confidential information, and work only for the best interest of all of her clients.
The real reason is this –
It is written in the contract between the seller and the seller’s realtor. It is already laid out before the listing that the seller will pay a total of 5-6% commission no matter how many realtors are involved in the transaction. If the buyer has her own agent, then both agents would split the commission. If the buyer comes without an agent, then the seller’s agent would keep the whole amount to himself.
I’ve seen people trying to negotiate directly with the seller’s realtor. Most realtors won’t budge at all. Some will give a little concession, like a gift card.
But it’s nothing compared to the rebate we are able to provide you. For example, buying a $400k home, if you buy it with the seller’s realtor, you can at most get $100 gift card. With us, not only do you get your own representation, you can get close to $6000 rebate back.
You have two choices.
One way is that we can send you a check after closing, or directly pay you through paypal/zelle.
The other way is that we can directly credit the rebate amount at closing to you. So you will see it in your settlement statement, which will reduce the money you need to bring to the closing table.
We can provide consultation and recommendation at any stage of your house hunting.
But if you would like to secure the highest possible rebate amount, we would recommend that you research the housing market by yourself for a while. That means, search for houses online on websites like redfin.com or realtor.com, attend some open houses, drive by some neighborhoods, and obtain loan pre-approval. Our rebate runs inversely proportional to the number of showings we provide. Usually you can get the maximum amount of rebate with under 3 showings.
Unless you are a super experienced buyer that knows exactly which house to buy, most people would need some time to get a feel of what they want in a home, and what their budget can and cannot get them. Your preference, financial condition, and family situation might change, so will the house you buy. We’ve worked with a lot of buyers with drastically different housing needs from when they started house hunting. That’s why we recommend working with us when you are relatively confident that you know what kind of house you want, and can reasonably expect to close within a couple of months.
Receiving rebate does not affect the price you pay for the house.
However, rebate does decrease your actual out-of-pocket payment.
The price is determined by market condition, and by negotiation of buyer and seller. Rebate or not, the price would be the same. But if you have a limited budget, a sizable rebate can ease your financial strain considerably.
In virtually all residential real estate transactions, the jobs of a realtor stay relatively the same. No matter what other realtors claim, it is the truth. And through many years of experience and experiment, we have standardized and quantified the core services, adopting the latest technological development, and developed our flat fee selling, and buyer rebate programs.
So if every competent realtor does the same job, what differentiates us from the others?
First and foremost, we hold ourselves to the highest integrity and professional standards. Our central focus is to protect the best interest of our clients. That’s why we never push our buyers to pay high prices. Many times we even actively persuaded our clients NOT to engage in certain transactions because we knew of the potential problems. And more times we’ve pushed for even lower purchase prices when our clients are already satisfied. We’ve also pulled the plug the minute before closing just to protect our client’s rights.
Of course, we strive to keep improving in terms of knowledge and professional skills, and keep up to date with the housing market and mortgage market. Our clarity and knowledge base could ensure our clients will never feel lost or helpless with us.
We don’t have vacation days. All requests will be answered at the earliest, within 24 hours.
We also adopt the latest and best technology, to make life easier for everybody.
On top of that, our broker/owner Edelyn is also a mortgage broker and well versed in the mortgage process. She could help clients locate the best mortgage programs and lowest rates. With knowledge and control on both the mortgage front and the real estate front, we could avoid many delays and ensure a smooth transaction.