Full-Service, Flat-Fee Realtors in Michigan
Linked Realty Realtors are committed to being at the forefront of the real estate industry. At Linked Realty, our mission is to bring down the high cost of selling a home. We do that by charging a flat fee of $4,000 to sell your home. For the flat fee, you get the same service that you would from a 6% agent including, but not limited to, an in-home consultation, professional photography, lockbox, yard sign, all of your showings scheduled with Showing Time, and all of your marketing and advertising. On top of that, with most home buyers starting their home search on the internet, online exposure is critical to attracting buyers. Your home is listed on the M.L.S., which markets your home with hundreds of websites including Zillow, Trulia and Realtor.com, just like the 6% agents.
Our services don’t stop there. Your Realtor stays with you, from listing your home to the closing table. Helping you through inspections, contracts, negotiating offers and closing. A traditional listing agent would typically charge you a 3% commission for all those services. We offer the same service for only $4,000. Here at Linked Realty, we’re changing the way homes are sold!
Full-Service Realtors For a Flat-Fee, You Keep Your Equity.
We will walk through your home and run comparable home sales to determine fair market value
We will coordinate with the photographer to get beautiful photos of your home
We will prepare the necessary forms to be compliant with real estate law
Your home will be marketed on the M.L.S, Zillow.com, Realtor.com and hundreds of other home sites
We will coordinate all showing requests with our front office and using Showing Time software
We will present and negotiate all offers as your full service, exclusive agent
Prepare Title Work
We will work with a title company of your choosing to prepare the necessary closing documents
We will coordinate closing with all participants to ensure a smooth closing
Seller's Agent's Charge Too Much!
No matter what you have been told, paying 10's of thousands of dollars to sell your home is absolutely ludicrous. Paying 6% of your homes value will not get you more money for your home or better marketing.
I have sold real estate for over a decade. I am a top producing broker in the state of Michigan. I can tell you, selling your home should not cost 6%. The idea of a traditional real estate agent is antiquated.
Thanks to the advances in technology and the ease of access to information the internet provides, selling your property has nothing to do with the value of the property being sold. Although, higher priced homes do tend to have a longer "average days on market" it's still sold the same way. The same marketing, the same paperwork, the same process.
Because of this, why should you be forced to pay a commission that is dependent upon the value of the property? Sellers have been doing this since the advent of Realtors. At first, before computers, selling based on a percentage of the homes value was necessary. Now, thanks to advances in technology, it can be done for a lot less. I will touch on this idea again in a moment.
The History of The 6% Agent
So you can understand why Linked Realty does not charge like a traditional real estate brokerage, it's important to understand how the current commission structure used by most real estate agents came to be.
Prior to the internet, when an agent took a home listing there would be a significant amount of costs up front. In order to get the property the most amount of exposure, agents had to run expensive print advertisements in newspapers, real estate magazines, postcards, and other expensive, printed, media. Today, agents replace that by sending home listings to popular sites consumers use to sell their home including Realtor.com, Zillow.com, Trullia.com and the like. The M.L.S. distributes this information to those sites for free. This savings, agents now keep.
The reason why Realtors commissions were dependent on the sales price of the home was that less expensive homes sold faster and the more expensive homes took a bit longer, which meant more money spent on print ads. This could cost the agent hundreds or thousands of dollars that they might not get back if the home didn't sell. This is how the percentage standard came to be.
Let's be honest, agents these days have it a lot easier. You built the equity in your home. Keep it.
Help and Advice
Q. Are You Full Service, Exclusive Realtors?
Yes we are full service agents. We are also exclusively your agent, unless we bring the buyer, then we are dual agents.
Q. How do your fees work?
Our flat fee Real Estate Service costs $4,000 no matter how much your home sells for. This amount is paid at closing. We do charge a non-refundable marketing fee of $499 up front. This covers signs, post installation and removal, photos, lock box, flyers and administrative costs. The $499 marketing fee WILL be reimbursed to you at closing. The above rate is for the listing commission only.
Q. How much does the buyer’s agent get?
We recommend offering the buyers agent 3%. Buyers agents truly have the hardest job of a home sale and are worth every penny.
Q. How long is the listing contract?
Our typical listings contracts are 6 months. If your home doesn’t sell in 3 months, your home is priced too high. Proper pricing is critical right off the bat and will determine whether or not the home sells fast. More expensive homes naturally have longer listing periods. The listing time frame is flexible depending on the property.
Q. Why is your team so inexpensive compared to other agents?
We choose to price our flat fee based on the actual work involved and the expenses incurred. Not the value of your home. Remember, real estate agents don't spend as much marketing your home anymore. The services we perform for you are the same no matter how much the home is worth. The paperwork, responsibilities, and all the other tasks undertaken to sell your home are the same no matter what traditional agents tell you. Our experience level in getting homes sold is the same, no matter what the price point is. Additionally, because our procedures are streamlined, this allows us to manage our time and costs on each home we sell. It's insane the amount of money Real Estate Agents make for the actual amount of work they do.
Q. Do I need to worry about getting little service as a result of not paying more money like other agents charge?
Absolutely not! We want to do a great job for. This is how industries are disrupted and changed. We do a good job for you and our service spreads like wildfire. We will also do a great job for far less money than any agent you would have worked with that charges the standard 6%. We believe that because of the internet, higher priced brokerages that charge a standard 6% are a dying business model. We are spearheading the inevitable Real Estate Industry revolution. It’s only a matter of time before homeowners demand lower commission rates as a result of the new technology involved in real estate sales.
Q. Will agents from other firms still show my property if I list with you?
Agents have a legal obligation to look out for the best interest of their client's and to put the client's interest above their own so if the buyer likes the property then they have a legal obligation to show them and to write the offer at the direction of their client. Typically, if the agent refuses to show, the buyer will contact us directly anyway.
Q. If I am purchasing another home, am I required to use you as our Realtor?
Although you are not required, we do ask that if we help you save a great deal of money on your sale, then you would let us help you with your home purchase as well. We will also give you a credit at closing to be used towards your closing costs. If you're moving out of state and purchasing a home, we can also help you locate a great agent in the area you're moving to who will also honor the credit.
Get to Know Us
Josh Murray is the Broker at Linked Realty, a firm that specializes in Flat Fee Real Estate in Metro Detroit. Josh previously worked at Keller Williams for over 10 years and parted as an Associate Broker.
Josh is a native of South Lyon Michigan and a graduate of Eastern Michigan University, where he received a BA in Political Science and Sociology. He is also a practicing Psychologist in the State of Michigan.
Since becoming a Realtor in 2006, Josh has prided himself in his heartfelt drive to serve his clients' best interests. He is dedicated, knowledgeable, and committed to being the best Realtor he can be for his clientele. His devotion and unparalleled customer service has resulted in a continuously expanding network of loyal clients and referrals. Passionate to his craft, he continuously seeks to stay ahead of the game when it comes to market trends. He started Linked Realty with the belief that Real Estate Agents charge their clients too much money to sell their home.
Josh is also a husband and a father to 4 children. In his free time, you can find him corralling his children or working on his own home. An avid explorer of Detroit and the metro area, he loves to try new restaurants and check out local music and neighborhood festivals.
Tel: (248) 980-1985
Sara Maples is thrilled to be a part of the Linked Realty team, as she’s had her eye and heart on the real estate industry throughout her extensive experience in the world of customer service. She loves the family-style brokerage because of its focus on teamwork and personal relationship building—both of which she believes to be at the core of a smooth process for both agents and clients.
Sara is a Michigan native, and the mother of three kids, who keep her active, sharp, and smiling. When she’s not in the office, she’s in the kitchen whipping up a feast, or grilling and enjoying the outdoors, gardening, hosting get-togethers with friends, and tending to her own 1800’s farmhouse in Highland—a personal dream come true for her and a major source of her inspiration.
Sara is incredibly motivated, dives into any challenge headfirst, and completes every task to perfection. Her compassion and genuine relatability make her a world-class people person. Her tenacity is refreshing and her passion for the industry is contagious.
Tel: (734) 469-6999
I have spent the last five years providing exceptional customer service. My attitude has always been that the client's happiness is #1. I am passionate about moving forward into a career where I can utilize my experience to assist clients with transitioning into the newest chapter of their lives! In my free time you can find me at home relaxing with my 3 kids and 2 fur babies, cardio kickboxing at my favorite spot, or out on the town trying new eateries with my closest friends.
Tel: (810) 772-4372
Shannon has been a licensed Realtor since 2001 working alongside Sellers, Buyers, and Builders. Shannon has always enjoyed the challenge of meeting each client's individual needs...whether it's helping Sellers stage their homes for a more successful transaction or helping buyers find their first or forever dream home.
Shannon is a mother to 3 amazing girls and she enjoys being a mom and the adventures that come with it.
Tel: (248) 568-4752
Kristine is absolutely AMAZING! Kristine is always happy and always smiling. She brings the sunshine to this office. Kristine was a Realtor for several years before leaving the industry to spend more time with her children. She is now the central nervous system of Linked Realty. She handles the transactions from start to finish, and she does it well.
Kristine enjoys spending time with her husband and grandchildren.
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800 W. Grand River Ave, Suite 834, Brighton, MI 48116, USA