Welcome to RealEstateAdvocates.com
Welcome to Real Estate Advocates! All over South Carolina we have local agents who are members of your local MLS. They know South Carolina. We currently belong to the MLS in Anderson, Greenville, Spartanburg, Rock Hill, Myrtle Beach, Charleston, Beaufort, Hilton Head and Columbia. Our select group of real estate professionals are here to help you sell your home or buy the home of your dreams. We look forward to earning your trust and respect through our 'on-call' level of service and our extensive local knowledge.
Bob Mandel,Founder of Real Estate Advocates
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Real Estate Advocates. About Us.
Real Estate Advocates was founded in 1991 by Bob Mandel with the notion that Sellers in the Columbia, S.C. real estate market needed alternatives that they were not being offered . At that time almost all companies were offering a full service 7% commission model. We felt that Sellers deserved to have choices with varying levels of service and began offering pricing accordingly. Initially, we started out offering our listing services at a reduced commission rate. Sellers paid a lower commission percentage at closing. Over the years we have adapted our services based on the ever changing real estate market place.
We speak differently because we think differently. At Real Estate Advocates, we understand it’s your home and you should have a choice as to how you can buy or sell it.
Traditionally, real estate services are delivered as part of a bundled package where the agent is paid a commission on the gross sales price of the property which is due at closing. Generally, this commission is 6%. Half of that fee is the "listing portion" of the commission and goes directly to the real estate agent that coordinates the services associated with the selling of your home. For 3%, the listing agent may or may not offer varying degrees of the following: manage your entire home sales process from start to ﬁnish, help determine the right price to attract buyers, supply yard signs, install info boxes, produce full color brochures, take digital photography, stage your home, implement marketing and promotion, list your home in the local MLS (Mutiple Listing Service), negotiate your contract, assist with home inspection, communicate with mortgage lender , coordinate closing and more. The other half, the "selling portion" or "buyer agent's fee" of 3%, goes to the real estate agent who procures a buyer for your home. If the listing agent sells your home without a buyer agent's involvement, the listing agent gets the entire 6% for handing both sides of the transaction. Though this commission is generally paid for after the expenses of the sale have been paid, if you do not proﬁt from the sale of your home and there are no net proceeds, you are responsible for direct payment of these fees