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Realtor for Seller
updated: Mar 21, 2014, 3:10 PM

Santa Barbara homeowner is selling residential property to a known buyer at an agreed-upon price. Seller and buyer introduced by mutual acquaintance: no real estate agent(s) involved.

Referrals please for real estate agents experienced in representing sellers in the sale of residences in the same circumstance, and charging a reduced commission. No FSBO.

 COMMENT 504945 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-21 03:36 PM

Pretty sure most realtors could do this, there are a bunch in the referral section.

Personally I like Ann Rasmussen.

 

 COMMENT 504947 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-21 03:38 PM

Louise McKaig village properties did a great job with my husband and I. I highly recommend her!

 

 COMMENT 504950 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-21 03:42 PM

Just hire a lawyer. You dont need an agent.

 

 COMMENT 504954P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-21 03:50 PM

With you, 950. You don't need a realtor. Stay away if you can. Hire a lawyer or experienced person to do paperwork. Good job, pal! I think you did the exactly right thing. Just pay some money to tie up the loose ends and go on your merry way.

 

 COMMENT 504958 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-21 03:58 PM

Like any business, you have good and bad realtors. Trying to find one who will work for a reduced commission is not always easy as there are a lot of very big egos out there.

Most realtors have their areas where they do most of their business. What area of town do you live in?

I personally like Jon Mahoney. He is honest and hard working and has experience. Look at his website and if you think he is right for you, interview him. He takes his job very seriously.

 

 COMMENT 504962 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-21 04:06 PM

I've used Harvey Wolf, Janet Wolf's Husband for real estate transactions before. He is a Business Attorney by trade.

 

 COMMENT 504964 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-21 04:09 PM

I am happy to help, I am a licensed Realtor. Feel free to give me a call and we can discuss how I might be of assistance. It is important to have a licensed agent involved with the contracts in order to protect you and the buyer from any potential liability. Discounted commission is definitely an option as well.

Brennan Titus
805-598-0616

 

 COMMENT 504970 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-21 04:25 PM

Do not hire a lawyer or Real estate agent. Just go to your title company together. They do all the work in the end even if you have a laeyer or agent anyways. Dont waste your $$$

 

 BULLSEYEB agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-21 04:26 PM

Scott Williams is a really honest man. He has helped us sell our condo and buy our house. He helped my sister-in-law with the estate sale of her mother's house and helped my brother and sister-in-law with the sale of their property. This has been over a span of approx 25 years!

In my opinion, Scott is the best realtor we have in town. He knows his stuff!

Good luck to you.

 

 COMMENT 504982 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-21 04:37 PM

Real Estate Attorney is all you need. Dana Longo is good

 

 COMMENT 504984 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-21 04:42 PM

Realtor or real estate attorney both good options, but find out what each will charge and then make your decision.

 

 COMMENT 504993 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-21 04:52 PM

I was in the same situation three years ago. You don't need a realtor. A lawyer would be much cheaper.

 

 COMMENT 504997 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-21 05:00 PM

True, we do have great title companies in Santa Barbara, but the role of the escrow officer is to take instructions from both parties--which are usually taken from the completed Deposit Receipt and Contract of Sale. It is Not their job to write the Purchase Contract. And they are impartial and cannot represent either party actually. But yes, the job of an escrow officer is enormous, keeping the transaction to be orderly and keep the time frames.

Good luck--and Scott Williams is a good choice, or Steve Epstein.. As a retired long time broker, I would say keep it simple, stay away from lawyers--it could cost you more.

 

 COMMENT 504999P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-21 05:05 PM

Have bought two houses w/o a realtor - the sale went well, in one a lawyer briefly helped. A realtor connected me to the house I live in , my first, and though he's passed away, I think of him regularly with great gratitude.

 

 MISTA agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-21 05:12 PM

Seems like there are plenty of buyers for homes in the $650-$825K price range- The inventory is LOW- Seems like you can find a buyer by throwing your home CL or Zillow with some nice photos- Then get a Purchase Contract from Office Max. Make a pot of coffee and sit down with the buyer to make sure they are pre-qualified and what should and should not be included in the purchase price. Go to a local Escrow Company and let them process the sale accordingly.
You just saved a min. of $40,000!!!! Why give it to some middleman (?)
GLWS

 

 COMMENT 505002 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-21 05:13 PM

I've had two of the worst realtors when selling my house and buying this one. One didn't tell me for 18 days my sale fell out of escrow. Another one was so old and incompetent behind the wheel, I felt I was putting my life in his hands when he drove me to see houses.

I sold a condo without an realtor and it went very well. Show it, and when you find a buyer, go to an escrow company and the two of you can dictate all the terms to them. Escrow agents do all the accounting and dirty work anyway.

 

 COMMENT 505020 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-21 05:54 PM

Realtors are used car salesmen!! Get an attorney with an actual education!!

 

 COMMENT 505050 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-21 08:00 PM

I would recommend Jim Alzina with Sotheby's.

 

 COMMENT 505056 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-21 08:12 PM

020 Your comment is rude and uncalled for!

 

 PJG agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-21 09:07 PM

I recommend Mark Moseley. Excellent.

 

 COMMENT 505101P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-22 06:19 AM

As someone who has worked in the Real Estate Industry for 35 years, there are a number of good Realtors in town. In this type of transaction, many may work for a flat fee to assist the sale. Shop around. The names I saw listed here are all good, and there are at least 100 more that I could recommend. There are a few I would advise that you avoid. Not to name names, but the initials of the two small companies are G&T and CP. (Funny, both have attorneys are principals).

If the buyers are obtaining a mortgage loan, their loan officer can also walk them through the process and let them know what to expect. They'll want to do home inspections, termite inspections, and depending on the age of the house, people are getting plumbing inspections too, (many houses in SB are reaching the age that entire plumbing systems have to be replaced).
I would never recommend an attorney, as they are not used in normal transactions. In California we use escrow officers. I have worked with all of the escrow officers in Santa Barbara, and we don't have a bad one here. Some are more helpful than others, but all are terrific.

 

 COMMENT 505106 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-22 06:56 AM

I would suggest you meet a few and see what is the best match for your personality and needs. Personally, I would recommend Clarla Reeves at Village Properties - hard working, fun, smart & shrewd.

 

 COMMENT 505107 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-22 07:12 AM

Gail Cooley at Village Properties is a honest & Kind Hearted as they come! Quite honestly.... Hard to believe she is a Real Estate Agent because with my experience, they are typically nothing like her! Good Luck!

 

 COMMENT 505113 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-22 07:32 AM

Tiffany Haller at Village properties was the perfect agent. Great attention to detail and easy to work with.

 

 COMMENT 505139P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-22 08:50 AM

Whatever you do don't use Mort Maizlish, he is the most unethical real estate agent in the USA.

 

 COMMENT 505141 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-22 08:54 AM

Suddenly this thread has become a free ad vehicle for local realtors!

Contrary to the intended insult - realtors are not car salesmen. The remark was also insulting to the latter.

They two very different jobs.

There are many good realtors here. Shop, listen and look around. Good luck.

 

 COMMENT 505144 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-22 09:01 AM

The money you save on reduced commission results in a lower sales price. The negative comments on here are indicative of people who are clueless about real estate. I'm sure a lawyer will expose your home to thousands of potential clients, right? And selling it yourself there's no way you'd get sued, right? SB is full of great agents that care about their clients and work extremely hard 7 days week. Go meet one before you troll around on here...

 

 COMMENT 505168 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-22 09:42 AM

139P That's a public insult. Either a disgruntled client or an envious associate and Mort has good reason to be angry.

 

 COMMENT 505176 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-22 10:05 AM

Justin Etherton 805-617-0774

 

 COMMENT 505178 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-22 10:10 AM

144- she is not looking to expose her home to clients, just looking to sell it to an already established buyer and needs someone to process the paper work, hence the reason she does not need a realtor or lawyer. They will just hand it of to a title company anyways. I have sold 3 properties this way in the last 2.5 years, very easy.No middleman necessary

 

 COMMENT 505201 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-22 11:03 AM

If it weren't for the NAR (Natl. Assoc. Realtor) we'd have been long rid of these mostly useless paperwork shufflers.

We have the intenet but they continue, on purpose, to shuffle redundant documents and make it look hokus pokus.

It's not. Not to mention if this were a profession, they'd actually be a CFP or CPA or something. It's the biggest investment people make and realtor's have no clue about investing. They just talk "comps" and other ridiculous mumbo jumbo. All for they idiotic 6%. Of a million? That's $60k for letting a house sell itself. I get it in Houston where the house might be $200k for a $12k commish.

 

 COMMENT 505206 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-22 11:22 AM

Shady, shady, shady, these people are not your friends- no matter how much they wine and dine you. 6%? Give me an effing break.

 

 COMMENT 505208 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-22 11:29 AM

Hey can I hijack this thread? I need names of realtors who WILL work for a reduced commission (1 to 1.5% each side). I already know a bunch who won't. Can anyone throw out some names? Got a 2M house that is an easy sell and it makes me want to throw up to give away 120K, it's almost as much as I'm going to make on the sale. Thanks.

 

 COMMENT 505209 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-22 11:32 AM

Do not use Steve Epstein. He represented the sellers in a transaction with me and omitted on purpose important information. Most realtors here are very unprofessional, they are ONLY in it for the incredible amount of money they earn for basically, driving around. Use a lawyer who specializes in real estate, who will represent you and only YOU. Realtors only represent themselves.

 

 COMMENT 505231 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-22 12:19 PM

I feel like I taken crazy pills listening to this thread!!
YOU should not use a realtor or Lawyer for this transaction. Fill-out the purchase aggrement with your purchaser and bring it to escrow company. All the agent or lawyer are going to do is hand the docs over to the escrow company and take their 6%???

 

 COMMENT 505280 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-22 05:31 PM

No realtor asks for 6%. It is a proven statistical fact that listing with an agent results in a higher sales price due to the fact that multiple offers are a result of the exposure you pay for through the agent not to mention the knowledge they have of the sales and legal process. FSBO's sell for 20% less so have fun saving 3%. Total no brainier.

 

 COMMENT 505297 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-22 06:29 PM

280- again, please read the question. The seller already has a buyer lined up so he is not looking to list the house. OP- have fun avoiding the realtors 6% money grab for very little work!

 

 COMMENT 505307 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-22 07:46 PM

297- you obviously have no idea what agents do. There is a reason the seller won't FSBO'S. Realtors work harder than most- you obviously have never been friends with one. Your rent is due in 9 days, btw. Even if the rare case of 6% happens, that's still 14% percent more than a FSBO. Guarantee the buyer is underpaying the appraised value.

 

 COMMENT 505313 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-22 08:23 PM

michelle cooke at sothebys Montecito . she's the best! she represented us with both seller and buyer without a hitch !

 

 COMMENT 505386 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-23 09:14 AM

297- you obviously have no idea what agents do. There is a reason the seller won't FSBO. Realtors work harder than most- you obviously have never been friends with one. Your rent is due in 9 days, btw. Even if the rare case of 6% happens, that's still 14% percent more than a FSBO. Guarantee the buyer is underpaying the appraised value.

 

 COMMENT 505394P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-23 09:44 AM

Dana Longo is a good attorney who can help you out as someone else mentioned. Goodwin Thyne advertises 2% don't they and on something like this probably even lower. We had a situation like this on a vacation home out of town, realtor we used there charged us $5000 flat fee we thought that was fair and both parties had peace of mind.

 

 COMMENT 505868 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-25 02:47 PM

Here is an interesting article from Yahoo Finance today on this exact subject. I tried to post the link but since I am not a paid subscriber I wasn't able to do so.

If you go to Yahoo Finance and search "more homesellers are going it alone" the article will show up at the top.

There are a lot of opinions on this matter and if you already have a deal worked out with a buyer than you would maybe want to talk to an agent and see if they would help consult you through the process to insure you have all the proper inspections and paperwork handled. I would think most agents would be willing to do this for a flat rate or reduced commission unless there were unforeseen issues with the transaction that take up an excessive amount of time. I would definitely contact a lawyer to make sure your contracts are solid if you decide not to work with a Realtor.

Brennan

 

 COMMENT 505885 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-25 04:48 PM

As a group, I love how each one is "top whatever" constantly. I have never seen such a group of back patters in my life!!!

 

 COMMENT 509502 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-08 11:08 AM

It is truly sad that so many people suffer from "keyboard bravado". I don't think that most of the people who feel free to slam hardworking professionals in this thread would have the guts to do so in public. Personally, I don't say things (like people feel free to say in this thread) that I would not say in public. Sure there are some Realtors that are less professional than others but many of the comments in this thread highlight the authors' abject ignorance of the industry and how real estate sales are conducted. Pretty easy to be a bully while hiding behind your keyboard...I know several of the agents slammed here and the truth is clearly not being represented...sounds like a lot of sour grapes.

 

 

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