Frequently Asked Questions
Do you compensate buyer’s agents to bring buyers?
What’s the catch?
Let us be your buyer's agent in the future (within 6 months)
Why do most agents in Indianapolis charge 6% or 7% commission?
Will you put my house on the MLS?
Can we expect the same service as big popular real estate companies?
We are full-time, full-service agents who answer our phones and take care of you every step of the way. We know the market and local contractors and title companies who are the best at what they do.
Many of us were trained at Carpenter Realtors, Keller Williams, Century 21, FC Tucker, REMAX and worked there for years before coming to Green Pocket Realty!
Conversely, just because you hire a big-company 6%-7% commission agent does NOT GUARANTEE you will get good service.
Sorry to say, there are bad agents out there.
Is your 3.9% commission “across the board”?
Our lowest rates are predicated on being involved in your future purchase. Most of our clients fall into the 3.9% category, however we will always beat our competitors regardless of the situation.
We base our commissions on THREE factors:
1. PRICE OF HOME (the higher the price the lower our commissions go)
2. YOUR FUTURE PLANS (if we can represent you later - our rates go down)
3. WHO PROCURES YOUR BUYER (most buyers already have an agent, but if we secure a buyer WITHOUT AN AGENT, we will lower our rates even further!
Do you use ShowingTime service like the other franchises do?
Yes, of course!
ShowingTime is awesome and we pay for this service for you.
Do you use Sentri lockboxes on my house or those cheap combo-boxes?
We only use Sentri-Lock boxes from Sentrilock- the most advanced and secure lockboxes on the market.
How does Green Pocket Realty manage paperwork?
We use DotLoop, the industry standard for e-signatures, compliance with real estate law and secure document storage.
But if you are more comfortable with paper documents- we can do that, too.
Do you have cool home finder app?
HomeSnap is the best app for buyers to use to find homes on their phone or desktop.
Every "big brand" has an app - but keep in mind those agents simply want their branding on the app so you end up calling them.
Use an app that you are most comfortable with and make sure you contact a Green Pocket agent for the best overall experience.
Will you take photos of my home with your phone?
We invest in professional photography that will make your home stand out over your competition. The MLS is filled with bad photos that make buyers want to click off.
Green Pocket Realty uses 100% PROFESSIONAL photography.
See our portfolio at: https://greenpocketrealty.myportfolio.com
Do you provide marketing services like drone video or 3D imagery?
Yes, of course!
We have a licensed drone pilot on staff who provides amazing video of our listings. Keep in mind that listings must be at least $350,000 for these enhanced services.
What about the flyers that you put in our house – will they be quality?
We have received more praise than we can count for our print marketing.
Our design team brings a whole new WOW factor to your listing.
We print booklets that show everything from you utility costs, age of the roof to your trash pickup day.
Do you provide a “Take One” box in our front yard?
We have found that the only people that take flyers from those boxes are nosy neighbors.
Not only that, but usually water and dirt infiltrate those boxes and cause paper to get wrinkled and dirty.
Serious buyers will discover your home on the Internet not in a plastic box.
Do you advertise in the newspapers?
When spending the commission dollars you pay us, we have to be smart. Serious buyers will find your home on the Internet not in the newspaper.
Do you advertise in those "finder" pamphlets I see in restaurants?
This was a popular technique in the 1980's but now the Internet has made those pamphlets obsolete. Many of those homes have already been sold by the time a buyer sees it in a pamphlet.
Will we get the highest possible price by working with GPR?
Mark and his team have sold many homes since 2013 and know how to negotiate to get you you the best possible price.
Along with our lower commissions you will NET MORE MONEY at closing than with our competitors.
Will you help me stage my house?
We have a staging guide and will provide walk-through advice for those who just want helpful tips.
For those looking for a full-time stager, we have the right connections to get your home looking it’s best.
Will you help me identify repair issues before we list?
After selling many homes- we know common things that inspectors look for and we help address them BEFORE your home goes on the market.
We will advise you on common concerns and how to proactively address issues.
I DON'T BELIEVE ANYTHING YOU SAID -- CONVINCE ME.
LOL- no problem!
The best way for us to answer your questions is with a FREE, NO OBLIGATION consultation.
We can meet at your home, explain how we work, and give you an idea of what to expect in terms of selling price and timing.
In the meantime, here are a few highlights of what to expect from all our agents:
- We listen carefully to your needs and goals and keep them top-of-mind throughout the process.
We are accessible and only a call, text or email away when you have questions or concerns.
We provide you with practical suggestions on how to prepare your home so that it impresses and excites buyers.
We recommend a listing price that’s likely in our market.
We prepare a game plan to promote your property to qualified buyers to ensure it sells quickly.
We prepare the promotional materials including pictures and property description.
We create an excitement in the marketplace about your listing. We tell our private clients about it. We spread the word to other agents.
We work with you to schedule showings and open houses with as little inconvenience to you as possible.
When someone makes an offer on your property, we skillfully negotiate so that you get the best price and terms.
We take care of hundreds of details involved in selling your home so you don’t have to worry.
We help to ensure everything goes smoothly between signing the listing agreement and closing the sale.
What if I already have a buyer, will you discount your rate even further?
YES- if your buyer is WITHOUT A REALTOR.
Stated another way - if there is no other buyers agent that means we don't have to pay them! So we lower our fee even more for you!
Is Green Pocket Realty involved in local Realtor associations?
Can you help me with real estate legal issues?
While we are not attorneys ourselves, we have access to the Indiana Association of Realtors Legal Hotline to ask questions of licensed attorneys.
Do you "guarantee" your rate?
Are you guys local?
How does closing work?
We insist on a "NO-SURPRISE" closing that is smooth and easy.
OK, 3.9% sounds great - but how much money am I saving?
I just want to sell my house "by owner"!
Did you know that MOST BUYERS already have an agent who must be compensated?
Are you going to list on the MLS®? There is a cost for that.
How about professional photography, video/drone and advertising - are you up for all that?
How about showings? Are you going to manage the all the phone calls and scheduling as to when buyers come in your house?
How about negotiating with a buyers agent? Do you know the details of a Purchase Agreement and how buyers and their agents can take advantage of you?
Save yourself the hassle and hire us at 3.9% - we really are the BEST DEAL in town!
Think about it, if you have to pay a buyers agent anyway - why not add us for .9% more and we will handle everything!
Do you donate a portion of your commissions to charity ?
If your agent is promising to donate 10% of their commission "in your name" to a charity of your choice - please know that it is not much they are giving! It is more of a play on your emotions than actual charity! With our plan at Green Pocket Realty we give FAR MORE.
Do you have a community "Heroes" discount program?
We love our policemen, firefighters, hospital workers, emergency personnel, teachers and public servants.