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Why Flat Fee Brokerages May Not Benefit Sellers

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Flat fee brokerages have been around for a long time, and recently there have been a few additions to the real estate flat fee brokerage world. For those who do not know about these companies, they attract home sellers by promising to list homes for a set fee that is lower than what the average real estate agent will charge for the same work. This sounds great right? Many sellers agree and sign listing agreements excitedly, without considering the facts.

Here are some reasons to truly investigate flat fee brokerages prior to signing on the dotted line:

1.Service. There are new flat fee brokerages out there that promise to provide the same great service as traditional agents who charge more commission to do the same work. Make sure you understand what you are getting for the price you pay.

Flat fee agents tend to have a LOT of listings. I know from much personal experience that one listing alone requires a lot of my attention and availability. Personally servicing multiple listings will jeopardize service.

Also keep in mind that flat fee agents do not get paid much per listing – they make up for that in volume. Will that lead to lack of attention to your listing? You need to figure that out.

2. Paperwork. Many flat fee brokerages charge such low fees because they do not actually handle paperwork or showings. There are those who promise full service, but MAKE SURE you get an explanation of exactly what that means – if you have it in writing and the agent cannot deliver you should be able to fire him or her (see number 3).

3. Check the contract thoroughly. Many flat fee brokerages have clauses in their contracts that sellers may not understand, such as agreements to purchase replacement property only with the brokerage (remember, flat fee brokers make more money from buyer sales than from listings since they get paid full commissions for those), to only use affiliated mortgage companies, or to forfeit money if you cancel the contract. Be careful and make sure you fully understand what you are signing. It is also very important to make sure that you can fire your agent/brokerage if you are not satisfied – at any time – without being penalized or trapped in a contract. If you need help deciphering these contracts, seek legal counsel.

4. Check the brokerage client satisfaction history. It is always important to check testimonials and stories from clients who have used the services of any broker. Spend time researching not only the broker’s own site and third party sites (like Zillow or Yelp), but also check news stories online. You may be surprised at some of the negative press you find on the brokerage.

5. Legalities. Keep in mind that selling a home is a legal transaction – if you do not have someone to guide you it could be dangerous. In order to avoid being sued it is always a smart idea to work with a real estate agent who can help you with paperwork and deadlines, as there are many of both in every real estate transaction. Not to mention, brokerages have insurance to protect against many issues that may arise, IF they were representing you. Flat fee brokerages that just list your home on the MLS and have you do all the work may set up situations that are ripe for breaches of contract and non-disclosure issues, among others. Make sure you have someone guiding through the sales process, or hire an attorney to look over all your paperwork.

There are some new flat fee brokerages out there that are trying to change the way the flat fee business is handled by promising stellar service. This is a great intention, but if you are a seller make sure that you understand the contract you sign, as well as your rights. You may want to speak with traditional agents to compare services.


The bottom line is that commissions are not set in stone, but you do get what you pay for in most cases so make sure you understand to what services you are entitled for what you are paying. If you are not happy, you should be able to fire the agent.

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San Diego November 2013 Calendar of Events

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Happy November!


November 1 – December 31
Papermaking Studio
Repurpose junk mail and magazines to create handmade paper in a new Papermaking Studio! Test out the custom mold and deckles, pulp station and paper drying machine! Free with museum admission.
Time: Daily, 10:00 am until 4:00 pm
Location: New Children’s Museum, 200 West Island Ave. San Diego
November 1-2 
Queen Bee Market Comes to Oceanside
Local San Diego artists come together for a unique, on-trend shopping experience! Handmade meets modern as The Queen Bee Market comes to San Diego for their 13th consecutive show. With over 70+ vendors, the 2013 Queen Bee Market is proud to have its largest show to date.
Time: Fri. 4:00 pm until 9:00 pm / Sat. 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: QLN Conference Center, 1938 Avenida Del Oro, Oceanside
November 1-2
Old Town Dia de los Muertos
The premier Day of the Dead event in San Diego County, Old Town San Diego’s Dia de los Muertos, is designed to celebrate the history, culture and heritage of the region.  Included in this event will be a candlelight procession that will begin at 7 pm on November 2nd at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, and proceed from the plaza down San Diego Ave to El Campo Santo cemetery where guests will pay their respects, view the public altar and add to it if desired, and musicians will be playing.
Time:  1:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location:  Old Town – 2475 San Diego Ave.
November 1-2
Del Mar Racetrack Breeders Cup Celebration
Come to the Del Mar Race Track to the sports bar known as Surfside Race Place and be part of the fun without having to leave San Diego–The Breeders Cup is taking place this year at Santa Anita. Surfside is over 90,000 sq. ft., with 7 rooms 2 floors and 1000 televisions. Put on your sharpest outfit and be part of the action. Admission is $5 -$15.
Time: 9:00 am until 11:30 pm
Location: Surfside Race Place, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar

November 1-10
San Diego Beer Week 2013
This is a celebration inspiring people to drink local, craft beer and promoting San Diego’s thriving brewing culture with events happening across the country.
Time:  Refer to website
Location:  Refer to website
November 3
Fall Back Festival
Join the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation as they present the 13th Annual Fall Back Festival in front of the Gaslamp Museum. Each year, as we set our clocks back an hour to end Daylight Savings, the Gaslamp Quarter falls back in time to the 1880s. Three blocks of the Gaslamp Quarter are transformed into a western town of yesteryear with 1880’s storefronts, a Sarsaparilla Saloon and the town Jail. Ladies and gentlemen stroll the streets dressed in Victorian garb, the Alpine Outlaws have a
high-noon shootout, and there are activities galore for the kids.
Time: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location:  Gaslamp Museum at 4th and Island Avenues, San Diego
November 8 – January 10
Kettner Nights in Little Italy
On the second Friday of the month, Kettner Nights will serve as an art and design “open house” event that will give visitors a chance to meet with shop owners, enjoy the area venues and enjoy viewing and purchasing of the latest available finds. Participants will stay open late until 9 p.m. and entertainment venues will be open even later based on their Friday night hours.
Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location:  Little Italy, San Diego
November 6 – 27, 
The Pearl Hotel proudly presents “Dive-In Theatre”
A FREE weekly “cinema social” combining eclectic film selections, food and drink, and light conversation. Showing on November 6 is the 80s classic Weird Science, and the rest of the month features blockbusters The Big Lebowski, Planes Trains and Automobiles, along with one night of the Viewer’s Choice. Showtime is 8:00 pm; Food served until 10:00 pm; and bar open until 11:00 pm. Takes place at the poolside lounge and theater.
Time: Occurs Wednesdays starting at 8:00 pm
Location: The Pearl Hotel, 1410 Rosecrans Street, Point Loma
November 7-15
14th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival
The largest exhibition of Asian-American and Asian cinema in North America presents films, videos and workshops that celebrate the work of Asian artists from around the world. Screenings are held at the UltraStar Mission Valley Cinema in Hazard Center and showcase feature films, shorts and animation.
Time: Various-refer to website
Location: Various-refer to website
November 8 – December 31 
The Adopt-A-Beach program gives people of all ages the opportunity to learn about and actively participate in conserving coastal resources and inland areas. The Adopt-A-Beach program is I Love A Clean San Diego’s most popular volunteer program. Anyone can participate in the AAB program, as long as they agree to perform 3 cleanups during the course of one year– a very flexible volunteer program.
Time: Varies
Location: Varies
November 11
2013 Veterans Day Parade
As Veterans Day is observed nationwide, the San Diego Veterans Day Parade recognizes the contributions of all of our Veterans from every branch of Armed Forces in all eras of service. During the USA 50th Year Commemorative of the Vietnam War 1962 – 1975 , the 2013 Parade includes
“A Tribute To Vietnam Veterans”.
Time: 11:00 am until 1:30 pm
Location: Downtown: N Harbor Drive to G Street
November 14
A Night in Baja
Leave your passport at home and head to Ortega’s, A Mexican Bistro in Hillcrest for “A Night in Baja.” Join Ortega’s and other local sponsors in supporting the efforts of the Corazon de Vida Foundation to end the cycle of child homelessness in Baja. Enjoy live music, bidding for silent auction items and Ortega’s Baja-inspired buffet, drinks and desserts for the cause.
Time: 6:30 pm until 9:30 pm
Location: Ortega’s, a Mexican Bistro, 141 University Ave.
November 17
Silver Strand Half Marathon
Run along the Strand from Coronado to Imperial Beach! The 5K Run/Walk starts and finishes at the Imperial Beach Pier Plaza. Run the 5K and then enjoy the post race festivities while watching the half marathoners cross the finish line. The half marathon course is open to runners, walkers, skaters, hand cycles, and wheelchairs (helmets are mandatory for all skaters.)
Time: Starts at 7:00 am
Location: Imperial Beach Pier Plaza
November 20 – January 15
SD DrinkAbout
An informal bus ride taken by members of the communities of Normal Heights, North Park, South Park and beyond, for the purpose of drinking without driving, sampling the wares at multiple local establishments, and being seen by the public. Busses loop for 4 hours, stopping at 8 craft-beer bars. Hop on and off FOR FREE at Blind Lady, Small Bar, Live Wire, Toronado, Ritual Tavern, Sea Rocket, The Station & Hamilton’s. This event occurs monthly, on the third Wednesday of the month.
Time: Refer to website
Location: See website for specific bus stop locations
November 21
Mother Goose Parade
The Mother Goose Parade is the largest parade in San Diego County and the largest of its type west of the Mississippi. Each year, the parade attracts thousands of spectators to the streets of El Cajon,
to view the parade for free on the “Sunday before Thanksgiving”.
Time: 9:00 am until 3:00 pm
Location: The streets of El Cajon, 1130 Broadway
November 24
Encinitas Fall Festival
This festival is a ready-made bazaar for holiday shoppers and weekend fun seekers. This year, fair-goers will enjoy a day where coastal breezes meet people gathering to shop, eat, be entertained and enjoy the community’s historical district.The festival features over 450 vendor booths showcasing various arts, crafts, gifts, food and more. The 200 shops and 40 restaurants and eateries along the Coast Highway from D to J Streets will be open and ready for business.
Time: 9:00 am until 4:00 pm
Location: Encinitas, Coast Highway 101: D Street to J Street
November 27 – December 1
San Diego Jazz Fest
Discerning jazz fans call the San Diego Jazz Festival “the crown jewel of jazz festivals.” The event is held during the Thanksgiving weekend. The SD Jazz Fest is a favorite of festival-goers from around the globe. All venues are conveniently located in the Town & Country Convention Center. The Festival bands represent a wide variety of traditional jazz, dixieland, ragtime, swing, and rockabilly styles. The festival offers something for every taste in classic jazz.
Time: Refer to website
Location: Town & Country Hotel and Convention Center, 500 Hotel Circle North
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