Get More and Better Service for a Fraction of the Cost of a Realtor.

QualificationsDoug Miller, broker, attorneyRealtor
High School DiplomaNot required
College Educationunlikely
Minnesota Licensed Attorneyunlikely
Certified Real Property Law Specialist (only 3% of lawyers certified)unlikely
Minnesota Licensed Real Estate Broker (few Realtors hold a broker’s license)unlikely
Minnesota Licensed Sales Person (90 hours of training) or broker’s licensebroker

Services and AdvantagesDoug Realtor
Charges slightly more than 1% for Full Service if there is no buyer broker, more if there is one. No
Does not share fee with a brokerage firm (Doug is his own broker and does not need to split fees with agents)No
Seller does not have to pay a buyer brokerage fee if no buyer broker. No
Provides legal advice to clients throughout the entire transaction.No
Provides Exclusive Representation (will not expose you to dual agency). Click here to learn more about dual agency.No
Can negotiate and advocate for Seller clients all of the time. Realtors will ask you to agree to dual agency which means that they are prohibited from negotiating on your behalf.No
Reviews closing documents on behalf of clients. Realtors are not lawyers and are prohibited from providing this service.No
Reviews title prior to listing the property. Realtors cannot legally provide this service.No
Fee agreement can be cancelled. Realtor contracts do not contain a cancellation clause.No
Fee Waived if Seller Defaults with Buyer. Realtors are still owed a fee if you backout of the transaction.No
Provide statistics on showings to Sellers.Maybe
Follow up with parties who have seen the property.Maybe
Provide feedback to sellers.Maybe
Markets Property on Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com, all MLS member brokerage sites, and other buyer-frequented
websites.
Maybe
Full MLS access
Gather Data to properly price property.
Helps Seller with legal requirements and disclosures.
Automated scheduling.
Prepares Seller Net Sheets on all offers received (it’s the law)
Provides free staging services by a professional staging company
(I recommend staging firms).
NoMaybe
Provides free photography services (approximately $200).No
Gimmicks and TricksDougRealtor
Provide “Office Exclusive,” “Pre-listing,” or “off MLS” service. This severely limits market exposure to get the broker a double fee (click here to learn more about pocket listings).  No
Charges junk fees also called “Admin Fees” of several hundred dollars. No
“One-Stop Shopping” (conflicted and overpriced in-house mortgage and title services).No
Realtor-hosted Open Houses (Realtors use your house for self-promotion). No
Collect double commission with unrepresented Buyers.No
Create fancy brochures for Sellers that do not sell houses.No
Include your listing in a fancy in-house magazine that does not sell houses.No
Send mailers to all the neighbors. Ummm why?No
Install giant sign marketing Realtor’s services (not your house).No
Provides 3-D and Drone Photography (Matterport). It is available through Doug for an extra fee.PossiblyPossibly
Provides free Home Warranties (the most complained about product on Angies List).No
Has list of buyers ready to buy your home. This is a gimmick to get the broker double fees and severely limits market exposure.No
List Your Home on Social Media, TV and Other Places that promote your Realtor not your house.NoPossibly
Set up a separate website for your home (that directs buyers to the Realtor’s website – helps the Realtor, not you).No
“Guaranteed Offer” (low offer with a LOT of fees)No
1% Listing fee when you sell and buy (they collect a hidden 2.7%). No
Claims they can negotiate when they legally can not.No
Falsely claim they can sell your house for more than other Agents.No