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

QualificationsDoug Miller, broker, attorneyRealtor
High School DiplomaNot required
College EducationNot required
Minnesota Licensed AttorneyNot required
Certified Real Property Law Specialist (only 3% of lawyers certified)Not required
Minnesota Licensed Real Estate Broker (few Realtors hold a broker’s license)unlikely
Minnesota Licensed Sales Person (90 hours of training)Not required

Services and AdvantagesDoug Realtor
Charges around 1% for Full Service. Realtors typically charge 2.3% to 3.3% on the listing side.No
Does not have to share fees with a brokerage firm.No
If there is no buyer agent, the Seller does not have to pay a buyer brokerage fee. Realtors still charge you for both fees! With Doug, the total fee works out to be a little more than 1%, not 6%.No
Provides legal advice to clients throughout the entire transaction.No
No Dual Agency – Exclusive Representation (dual agents are legally prohibited from negotiating or advising you). 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.No
Can cancel at any time.No
Fee Waived if Seller Defaults with Buyer 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 and other buyer-frequented
websites.
Maybe
Full MLS access
Gather Data to properly price property.
Helps Seller with legal requirements and disclosures.
Automated scheduling.
Markets on all Realtor sites (i.e., EdinaRealty.com, Redfin.com, etc…)
Prepare 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” or “Pre-listing” or “off MLS” service. This is a misleading practice called a “pocket listing” that is extremely harmful to sellers, should be illegal, and is designed to severely limit market exposure to get the broker a double fee (click here to learn more).  No
Charges “Admin Fees” of several hundred dollars. Never pay this junk fee.No
“One-Stop Shopping” (steer clients into overpriced and conflicted affiliated services
like mortgage and title).
No
Realtor-hosted Open Houses (Realtors use your house as a marketing platform to find new clients). No
Unrepresented Buyers – Many Realtors refuse to show your property unless the buyer signs a contract entitling Realtor to collect a double fee. Many Realtors won’t even return buyers’ calls.No
Create fancy brochures for Sellers that do not sell houses.No
Include you 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.No
Provides 3-D and Drone Photography (Matterport).NoPossibly
Provides free Home Warranties (the most complained about product on Angies List).No
Has list of buyers ready to buy your home (means Dual Agency and Double Fees
for the broker). If they have buyers, then have them bring them when you list with someone else so that you are not forced into a dual agency situation.
No
List Your Home on Social Media, TV and Other Places that Don’t Sell Homes.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