Buying or selling a home?
Our program is free to use and the donation is entirely from the Realtor. There is no additional cost to you!
1. Sign up and we will send you a selection of great, local Realtors.
2. Choose your Realtor from the selection and work with them to buy or sell a home.
3. Choose your favorite Non Profit. 20% of the Realtor's commission is donated.
After you sign up (on the form above) we will be in touch! We will send you a selection of vetted local Realtors. We can't wait to help you Spark Your Giving!
This sounds too good to be true. What's the catch?
Well, breathe easy! There is no catch. No hidden fee. No extra home charge. No extra percentage charged from the Realtor. No jacked up listing prices or anything else like that. The selection of Realtors you will be sent have agreed ahead of time to participate in our giving program.
So, if I don't pay for the donation, who does?
Our Realtors are excited to get leads from us and to give back to Non Profit work. The donation comes from their portion of the sale: the Realtor's commission. You would pay this commission anyway to work with a Realtor, so there is no extra cost to you. REalize Giving collects a referral from our agents for having sent them you as a client. REalize Giving then makes the donation directly to the Non Profit after your sale closes. The donation is equivalent to 20% of the Realtor's commission.
How much will the donation be that comes from my home purchase or sale?
The donations are 20% of the Realtor's commission. This tends to be about $600 for every $100,000 in sale price. Our program works for both buyers and sellers. Let's take an example. Let's say you sign up here, choose your Realtor from the selection we send you to buy or sell your next home. This home sells for $500,000. As is normal, your Realtor receives a commission from this sale (commissions are agreed upon in advance and paid by the owner of the property. The buyers of the property pay no commission). In our example, the sale closes and the Realtor receives a standard 3% commission. This would mean your Realtor gets paid $15,000 (3% of $500,000 sale). Still with me? 20% of the Realtors commission (the donation) is then $3,000. You choose your Non Profit as the beneficiary. They will now receive $3,000 as a donation.
Do you have any Realtors in my area?
We can work anywhere Realtors are located. If we do not have any established Realtors living nearby you, after you sign up, we actively recruit and vette a selection of local Realtors to choose from. This can usually be done very quickly. We do this through a commonly used practice between Realtors called referrals. In exchange for a client referral from us agents are excited to participate in our program and to give back through the sale of the home.
Do you work with home buyers as well as home sellers?
Yes, absolutely. We will send you a selection of Realtors to choose from who can serve you in either buying or selling a property. Though commissions are always paid by owners of properties, both the buyer's Realtor and the seller's Realtor (sometimes the same person) are paid commissions and thus can participate in our giving program.
Can I suggest a Realtor I would like to use?
Yes. You will still need to sign up here on the form above. Just give us the Name, email and cell number of your preferred Realtor in your message on the form and we will contact them to see if they will participate in our program. The contact needs to happen through us. We let them know we have someone who has requested them to participate in our giving program. The agent will need to agree to give up a portion of their commission for the referral. Referrals are common between Realtors and most Realtors are very happy to give back to a Non Profit. If they do not want to participate there is, of course, nothing we can do about this. We will then send you a selection of great, vetted Realtors who you can choose from.
How does REalize Giving make money?
We make money from the referral fee we charge our Realtors. This is paid entirely by the Realtor. Our Realtors are excited to get leads from us and gladly pay us for the lead in addition to participating in our giving program. We do not have any charge for our Partner Non Profits or those who participate in our program.
Will you share the story of how my sale helped the Non Profit?
We ask the Non Profit to send us a few photos and the story of how they used the donation. We then pass this story on to you so you can feel the impact your sale made!