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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do you compensate buyer’s agents who bring buyers?
    YES WE DO. It is our company policy to pay the cooperating buyers agent for their services from the commission paid to us from the sellers. Conversely, asking buyers to pay for their own agent is a sure way to lose a huge market of buyers, especially first-time home buyers.
  • Why don't you just tell the buyers agent to get their commissions from the buyers?
    Buyers, especially first-time homebuyers, many times do not have the extra cash to pay for buyer representation in addition to mortgage closing costs, inspections, lender fees etc. This undue hardship on buyers can cause them to NOT PURCHASE YOUR HOME (when they otherwise WOULD be able to). We believe that having the sellers pay buyers agent commissions from their NET proceeds allows the buyers agent to be compensated for their services and allows the buyers to actually purchase your home. For decades sellers have paid commissions this way. We believe this... 1. Allows the MOST BUYERS to qualify to purchase your home 2. Allows you to get the HIGHEST PRICE for your home 3. Allows for the SMOOTHEST TRANSACTION with no surprises at closing. REMEMBER: Ultimately, buyers pay for the totality your home (including commissions) at closing. 😀
  • 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 the rate) 2. YOUR FUTURE PLANS (if we can represent your purchase in the next six months) 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!
  • What’s the catch?
    Let us be involved in your future purchase! Kind of a "no-brainer" but we appreciate loyalty!
  • "OK, 3.9% sounds great - but how much money am I saving?"
    What could you do with your savings? + Help with kids college? + Go on a family vacation? + Donate to a charity? + If your home expired with another agent, lower your home selling price so that it sells?
  • Why do most agents in Indianapolis charge 6% or 7% commission instead of your 3.9%?
    Big brokerages have EXPENSIVE offices, HIGHLY PAID CEO’s and EXPENSIVE marketing budgets......we believe those things have NO IMPACT on you selling your property. Technology and efficiencies have rendered many real estate practices obsolete. Legacy agents continue to charge clients high commissions and sometimes extra fees at closing. We put OUR CLIENTS FIRST. Not corporate excess.
  • Will you put my house on the MLS?
    OF COURSE! Additionally, when your listing goes on the MLS, it is simulcast (broadcast) automatically to hundreds of websites like Zillow®, Homes.com® and Realtor®.com and hundreds more! Just like every REALTOR® in our market. Don’t fall for the line that a company “is different” because they put your home on the MLS® and Zillow. All full-service brokerages do that for you.
  • Do you "guarantee" your rate?"
    YES! WE GUARANTEE WE WILL BEAT THE LOWEST COMMISSION RATE OF ANY OTHER FULL-SERVICE REALTOR. If you can show us that another FULL SERVICE REALTOR is offering a lower rate we will beat it by .01%.
  • What if I already have a buyer, will you discount your rate even further?"
    YES - if you are selling and you already know a buyer who is WITHOUT AN AGENT. Stated another way - if there is no buyer's agent that means we don't have to pay them!
  • Do you donate a portion of your commissions to charity ?
    We give back far more and let YOU decide how to spend YOUR MONEY. If your agent is promising to donate 10% of their commission "in your name" to a charity of your choice - please know that it's not much! Consider this... If a house sells for $350,000 and the agent charges you 6% commission - you are paying them $21,000 in commissions. That agent typically ends up with half so $10,500. They then donate 10% of that to charity - so they donate $1,050. In the same scenario above, instead of us donating $1,050 to charity, we give back $7,350 to you. (because instead of charging you 6% commissions- we only charge 3.9%) YOU DECIDE how to spend your money - not us.
  • Do you have a community "Heroes" discount program?"
    We love our policemen, firefighters, hospital workers, emergency personnel, teachers and public servants. And we also love all harworking Americans so.... WE OFFER OUR LOW RATES TO EVERYONE!
  • Can we expect the same service as big popular real estate companies?
    WE BELIEVE OUR SERVICE LEVELS ARE THE HIGHEST IN INDIANA! 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, local contractors, title companies and real estate lawyers. We were trained at the largest real estate companies in Indiana and know our stuff. Our agents have an average EXPERIENCE LEVEL OF 10 YEARS! Conversely, just because you hire a big-box agent does NOT GUARANTEE you will get good service.
  • What service will you use for showings at my house?
    We use BrokerBay® or ShowingTime® for the best user experience!
  • Do you use high-tech lockboxes on my house or those cheap combo-boxes?
    We use Masterlock® the most secure and advanced Bluetooth® real estate lockboxes on the market.
  • 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 for each and every listing. CHECK IT OUT
  • 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. CHECK OUT OUR WORK!
  • What about the flyers that you put in our house – will they be quality?
    OF COURSE! 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. Check it out...
  • Do you provide a “Take One” box in our front yard?
    We direct our marketing dollars to the places that will get you noticed. Serious buyers will discover your home on the Internet not in a plastic box.
  • Do you advertise in the newspapers?
    We direct our marketing dollars to the placed that will get you noticed. Since 99.9% of all interest comes from the internet, that is where we focus. Print advertising can be expensive and does not yield that same results as online advertising.
  • Do you advertise in those "finder" pamphlets I see in restaurants?"
    This was a popular technique in the 1970's and 80'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. Buyers will find your home on the Internet 99.9% of the time. We spend money wisely to get the greatest return on your dollar!
  • Will we get the highest possible price by working with GPR?
    YES! We have sold hundreds of homes since 2013 and know how to get you you the best possible price - in spite of appraisals and inspections. Along with our lower commissions you will SELL FOR HIGHER AND NET MORE MONEY at closing than with our competitors.
  • Will you help me stage my house?
    ABSOLUTELY! 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. Also we know GREAT LOCAL HOUSE CLEANING PEOPLE like Mariana Sweeny- she is AMAZING!
  • Will you help me identify repair issues before we list?
    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 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 pay that fee? 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!
  • 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. We LOVE SELLING HOMES and we LOVE PEOPLE- so just give us a ring! (317) 662-4710
  • What about that sketchy ZERO COMMISSION agents on Facebook?
    BE VERY CAREFUL OF SCAMMERS! Avoid the sketchy advertisements for FREE CASH or other similar scams. Some of these unethical agents have numerous ethical violations. Make sure you are not getting scammed.
  • Do you charge fees to buyers?
    We always ask that your fee is paid by the sellers through "cooperating commissions". If the sellers are unable or unwilling to cooperate on their commissions, we will inform you prior to your offer.
  • Do you have cool home finder app?
    YES! Homes.com 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.
  • Are you guys local?
    YES! Mark Perrine started Green Pocket Realty in Noblesville in 2017 with a passion to offer better service without the high commissions. Prior to 2017 Mark worked at Carpenter Realtors® and Keller Williams®. All our agents live in Central Indiana. Cities where we have recently sold are... Noblesville Fishers Carmel Avon Westfield Greenfield Greenwood Plainfield Indianapolis Anderson Lapel Pendleton Muncie Stilesville Brownsburg Sharpsville McCordsville Crawfordsville Roachdale Rushville We love selling homes all over the 17 counties of Central Indiana and we don't mind driving. Give us a call!
  • 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.
  • How does closing work?
    We insist on a "NO-SURPRISE" closing that is smooth and easy. First American Title and Penny Tracey are our choice for their long history of exceptional customer service and low closing fees. Watch Penny Tracey of First American Title talk about this important step.
  • Is Green Pocket Realty involved in local Realtor associations?
    YES! We believe that being involved locally means staying informed on real estate trends, markets, and legal issues. We are all members of MIBOR® (Mid Indiana Bureau of Realtors), IAR® (Indiana Assocation of Realtors), NAR® (National Association of Realtors), and our local chapters of MIBOR that meet monthly. Be confident in knowing that your Green Pocket Realty agent is professionally connected to provide you the best 360° representation.
  • Can you help me with legal issues?
    If you need direct legal counsel, we highly recommend Chris Streibeck at www.striebecklaw.com. He and his team are amazing attorneys and know how to help you with a wide variety of real estate legal issues. We HIGHLY recommend Chris and his team! His office number is (317) 362-0191 While we are not attorneys ourselves, we have access to the Indiana Association of Realtors Legal Hotline to ask questions of licensed attorneys. This is a FREE SERVICE we offer our clients.
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