WOW! My RE Agent Made a TON of Money on My Deal – Did They Real Make as Much as YOU Think?

I love meeting new people and hearing what they do for a career.  It also amazes me when talking with people & I tell them that I work in Real Estate, the first thing out of their mouths is WOW you make a lot of money! Truth is, as a real estate consultant, each agent is considered an independent contractor.  But what does this really mean to their financial status. 

Let’s first take a look at some of the benefits employees receive from their employer:

  • Health benefits
  • paid sick days
  • 401k options & matches
  • sabbaticals
  • profit sharing
  • equipment needed to get your job done
  • a place to do your job
  • paid vacation time off
  • and sometimes more

That can add up to a lot of money saved annually for each person.  But did you realize that real estate agents are contract employees and are not eligible for these benefits from their broker?

When you meet with an agent to list your home, it is like a song and dance that is done.  The seller wants to hear what that agent is going to do to get the sellers home SOLD.  What most sellers really care about is “WHAT IS THE COMMISSION CHARGE”?  As they hear 6% and sometimes more, right away they think this person is crazy! That leads straight to the next line, “WILL YOU SELL MY HOME FOR LESS COMMISSION”?

This always makes me laugh.  Here is how I explain it to people I am working with.  First I ask them WHY they think I should reduce my commission; to which they replay so-and-so will do it for 4% (or whatever number they want their home listed for).  To this I do a little laugh and reply with, “SO MR. SELLER, WHEN YOU GO INTO WORK ON MONDAY AND YOUR BOSS COMES TO YOU, PRAISES YOUR WORK & YOUR EMPLOYEE ABILITIES, THEN ASKES YOU TO “NOT” TAKE YOUR PAYCHECK THIS WEEK OR FOR THE NEXT HOWEVER MANY WEEKS, YOU ARE GIONG TO AGREE TO THIS, RIGHT”? Then I sit quietly as they think about this statement.  Since this is what the seller just asked me  to do, why shouldn’t I be able to ask him to do the same.  After a few moments of silence I start to explain the following.

As an independent contractor, guess what I get for doing my job? NOTHING.  Yep, you heard me NOTHING.  But this is how I have to split that 6% up that we are talking about.  Of that 6%, I need to pay the buyer’s agent anywhere’s from 2.5%-3% and sometimes this can go as high as 3.15%.  I then also need to pay my broker a percentage of my share and this is determined on a personal negotiation with each broker/agent relation, this typically can go from 1-20%.  Now here is the great part, Uncle Sam surely wants his part of my check and I need to be sure to plan for that myself as my broker does not and is not responsible for getting these monies to them.  To be sure I am fully accounted for on a federal/state level; I should plan to take at a minimum 35% from my check.

Still sound like a real estate agent makes TONS of money?

Now let’s get to the cost of me just doing my job on a daily basis.  These are expenses I need to account for to do my job:

  • an office or place in my home to do my job
  • a phone
  • a cell phone
  • fax machine
  • copier
  • scanner
  • paper & ink
  • internet connection

That’s just a start; now let’s look at some more:

  • 15 credits of continuing education needs to be done each year to keep my license
  • I need to carry Errors & Omissions insurance
  • MLS fees to access the database
  • quarterly lockbox fees
  • annual association dues
  • panel yard signs, open house signs, riders and any others I may need to promote your home
  • quality camera to take photos of your home
  • medical/dental/vision insurance
  • web site(s)
  • ads in papers if an agent so chooses
  • a life insurance/401k option
  • and there can be so much more other agents pay for.

Still sounding like a real estate agent gets paid so much to do their job?

As the seller still thinks they are going to get me to concede to their way of thinking, they will toss out at me, well so-and-so will do it for a lesser commission.  Yep, you surely are correct on that.  However, what kind of service are you going to get from this agent? Are they going to put a sign in your yard, provide you with color brochures, update photos on a regular basis, or have a quality name that backs this agent?  We all know the saying; you get what you pay for.

So the next time you are planning to list your home, think about this, the average salary a real estate agent makes after expenses, taxes and fees is typically $12,000-mid $20,000.00.  Still sound like a real estate agent is making a lot of money?

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Word of the Week


A breach of duty imposed by law (as opposed to a duty voluntarily taken on in a contract) that causes harm to another person, giving the injured person the right to sue the one who breached the duty. Also called civil wrong (in contrast to a criminal wrong, a crime).

How to Impress Your Boss…Quick rise to employee of the month…you go employee?

So that's how we play the gettin to the top game huh?

So this is how you rise to the top, huh?

You go employee!!

Happy Friday Everyone

Five must have accessories to decorate your home.

 With interests rates still low, many people are realizing NOW is the time to buy rather than rent. So once you have your new home, the thought hits you that you need to decorate it. Here are the top 5 must have accessories to decorate your space. Whether new or redecorating, these accessories will bring a new feel to any room.
These accessories can be purchased from any store or for those of you that are watching your budgets be sure to check out your local second-hand stores, thrift stores or Goodwill. What one person thinks is junk; is another persons treasure.

1.) Mirrors~ a mirror will compliment any rooms decor and add light accents.

2.) Books~ add a 2-3 books to an end table. Books can be covered in decorative papers or fabrics to fit your lifestyle or personality.

3.) Nature items~ be sure to look outside your windows or while you are out on a walk for items that will compliment your home. Flowers, twigs or maybe even an old birds nest that has fallen out of a tree.

4.) Silver frames~ rather than have all your frames in different colors or styles, use silver ones to give your home clean lines. You can also change out the silvers around the home to mix up the styles every so months for different looks.

5.) Original art work or sculptures~ when your kids bring home their artwork from school, don’t put it in a drawer, put it in a silver frame and hang it on the wall or on a table. Not everything need be a Picasso or cost thousands of dollars for it to be considered art.

Remember, your home is representation of you and your lifestyle. Make it comfy for you to live in and enjoyable for your guests to come to.

THE SPIRITS TO MOVE is here to help you reach your goal of a stylish & beautiful place to live.

Wednesday Wisdom…repost for some, sorry

The only thing that stands between you and what you want from life,

 is simply the will to pursue it and the faith to believe that it is possible.

You can have anything on earth that you want, once you mentally accept the fact that you can have it.

If you want success, begin thinking of yourself as a success. The feeling of being successful has to come first.

~Author Unknown


Thanks to those of you that said you did not get your Wednesday Wisdom! Thought I would repost it so everyone is more the wise.  Have a wonderful day!

Thursday Thriller

What do you really know about your real estate agent?

Did you know that MOST real estate brokers will accept anyone into their company as an agent? Be sure you know who you are working with.

Wednesday Winsdow


The only thing that stands between you and what you want from life,

 is simply the will to pursue it and the faith to believe that it is possible.

You can have anything on earth that you want, once you mentally accept the fact that you can have it.

If you want success, begin thinking of yourself as a success. The feeling of being successful has to come first.

~Author Unknown

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Chipotle Turkey Bacon Chili…Tasty Tuesday

So last week in Minnesota, much of the world heard we went to the very back of the freezer and got frozen.  I can honestly say when the thermometer reads anything below -10, I don’t leave the comforts of my own home.  But what to do about dinner? Well, as I work from home, I LOVE to smell great aromas whafting through my home in anticipation of a great dinner.  So to the kitchen I went.  Not really sure of what to make, I did my grocery shopping standing with the freezer & fridge doors wide open…yep, heard my mom in my head, “CLOSE THOSE DOORS AND DON’T DO YOUR SHOPPING IN THE FRIDGE”! It still brings a smile to my face.

Well, I thought how about creating something and never telling a soul if it is truly awful.  So I came up with Chipotle Turkey Bacon chili.


1 lb of ground turkey

1/2 lb of Jimmy Deans mild or hot (depending on your taste) sausage

6-10 strips of bacon cut into bit size pieces (I like that think smoked)

1/2 green pepper cut up into small pieces

5 scallion onions cut up (using the whole onion, use more or less to taste)

1 can sliced mushrooms

1 lrg can of tomato sauce & pieces

1 can of tomato sauce

2-3 cups of V8 juice

1 can kidney beans (drained)

1 can Pinto beans (drained)

4 Tbls. of chili seasoning powder

2 tsp of Chipotle seasoning (or to your taste this will make it spice.  Start with a little and add more as you go)

3 Tbls. of sea salt

pepper to taste

(to make this recipe your own, add any other vegetables that you like in your chili, some use celery, yellow peppers or carrots) 


In a large kettle, put bacon in and start to cook (about 5 minutes) then add the ground turkey & sausage, cook fully.  Depending on the grade & quality of the bacon & ground turkey, you may not need to drain the meat, this will add extra flavor if you leave some of the grease to mix in with the other ingredients. While meats are cooking cut up all your vegetables, add these and cook until they are tender.  Add the mushrooms (drained) to warm, add both the kidney & pinto beans then add tomato sauces & V8 juice, add chili powder, salt & pepper.  Let simmer on stove on LOW heat until ready to serve.  I left mine on for about 5 hours.  If your sauce starts to diminish, you can add more V8, tomato sauce or even water if you like a runnier chili.

Serving suggestions:

Cheese, Sour cream, Oyester crackers, hot sauce (for more intense flavor), or any traditions your family has.

So there you have it! To my surprise, a girlfriend stopped by & she ended up staying for dinner (I told her it was her own tongue on the line) and she LOVED it!!! So I thought that I would share this creation with everyone.  HAPPY COOKING & stay warm!

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Word of the Week

INCOME RATIO~ A standard used in qualifiying a buyer for a loan, to determine whether he or she has sufficient income; the buyer’s debts and proposed housing expense should not exceed a specified percentage of his or her income

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