Birmingham Real Estate: You've Got Options: Are Realtors Worth Their Commission?

Are Realtors Worth Their Commission?

They you Karen Bernetti for this uplifting post.  As a former real estate agent you know better than most, what we go through.  We have to constantly tell people that we are not experts in one area or another but it's extremely difficult to be in this business and not learn from experts in other industries.  Thanks again Karen.

Are Realtors worth their commission?  I used to be one of those part-time Realtors [that full-time agents love to hate].  During my years as a Realtor® I found the really good seaonsed agents intimidated me A LOT.  Why? Because they seem to know EVERYTHING about everything.  I was in awe - and by the way, I still am.

Here's what I learned...

  • While [most] agents are not home inspectors - they sure know a lot about radon, HVAC systems, wells, septic systems and more.
  • While [most] agents are not licensed mortgage officers - they sure know the in's and out's of getting buyers approved for financing.
  • While [most] agents are not licensed appraisers - they sure know a lot about property values.
  • While [most] agents are not attorneys - I'm amazed at how much they [the REALLY good ones] know about real estate law.
  • While [most] agents are not home improvement contractors - they are often a wealth of knowledge when it comes to roofing, siding, flooring, windows and more.
  • While [most] agents are not interior decorators - many know a lot about home staging.
  • While [I'd venture to guess many] agents don't have an MBA, they sure know a lot about marketing and advertising.
  • While [most] agents are not bankers, I'm amazed at how they [the REALLY good ones] manage to navigate through the scary world of short sales and foreclosures. 
  • While [most] agents are not licensed psychologists - they sure know a lot about family and marriage counseling. They get stuck in the middle of a lot of touchy disputes between spouses and family members.
  • And while [most] agents are not professional journalists, a lot them are truly amazing writers! Especially the friends I've had the privelege to meet here in the Rain (I would list them but I would be here all night if I did. They know who they are).

You have to be a very special person to last in this business. The true professionals that I know are without a doubt worth every penny of commission they earn.  You really have no idea how hard [good] Realtors work - until you've done it yourself. 

It made sense for me to have a real estate license years ago when my husband was building houses. And when we were  in the condo management biz, being licensed allowed me to offer more services to our clients.  I'm no longer involved in either of those businesses anymore which is why I am no longer a licensed Realtor® . 

I'm happy to finally be able dedicate myself full-time to my staging business - my true passion.  I'll leave the business of representing buyers and sellers to those whose shoes I don't believe I could ever properly fill.  Are they worth their commission?  Absolutley! 


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Karen Bernetti is a Real Estate Stager, Former Realtor®, Author, Speaker, and Owner of Staging4Smooth Transitions - specializing in assisting seniors with their downsize moves.  

Karen is also the Co-creator of the Ready2Sellin30Days® System - an innovative, interactive, multi-media educational program designed to teach do-it-yourself homeowners EVERYTHING they need to know about preparing a home for sale during tough economic times.  Visit to learn more. 

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Comment balloon 8 commentsCharita Cadenhead • April 16 2011 07:42AM


I missed this original post, and I like it.  Hope you are good Charita.

Posted by Navona Hart, Selling the Best Properties in Central Virginia (Real Living Cornerstone) about 8 years ago

Boy you get a little jack of all trades but deferring to the professional when wearing the "R". It takes more than the agent, broker, REALTOR to sell the properties after it is listed. Great post that shows our cross training. And those other professionals learn from us too in the listing, selling dog and pony show we run.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) about 8 years ago

Good morning Charita,

I missed this post. Thanks for sharing..I'll hop over and comment on her post.

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) about 8 years ago

Good morning, Charita....I missed this....very deserving of a reblog....have to follow your passion....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) about 8 years ago

Hello Charita.  We also missed the original post.  While agents do often have some knowledge of each of these areas, it is best that they don't promote themselves as experts unless they actually are.

Posted by Howard and Susan Meyers (The Hudson Company Winnetka and North Shore) about 8 years ago

I overlooked this post as well. Realtors real do have to be a Jack-of-all-trades don't they! Thanks for sharing!

Posted by Torgie Madison, Websites and Contact Management (Quicksilver Real Estate Solutions, LLC) about 8 years ago

"You have to be a very special person to stay in this business." I agree that cream will naturally rise to the top and, if you make it in this economy, you're in it for the long haul.

Posted by Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate (Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500) about 8 years ago

Thanks Navona. I'm doing great.

Andrew it is great when others recognize our worth.

Dorrie I'm sure Karen would appreciate that.

Barbara following one's passion makes it all worthwhile.

Howard and Susan I understand that fine line of which you speak.

Torgie we may not need to be a jack of all trades but we certain need to be aware of those other trades and what they bring to the table.

Very Special in deed Jill.  Like the song says "Only the Strong Survive."



Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) about 8 years ago