I REBATE 50% of my Real Estate Commission to my Buyers
80% Buyer Rebate on Brand New Homes!
I must register you at the Community on your 1st visit
Buy a home with me and receive a cash rebate of HALF my commission. To qualify for this offer Buyers agree to tour homes themselves via Open Houses and Broker Tours. Let me know of a property that interests you and I will take things from there. Comparative Market Analysis, Negotiating your offer, All Inspections and Appraisals to Closing. Home sellers normally offer a buyer’s agent commission of 2.5% – 3.0% of the purchase price. Your rebate will be 1.25% – 1.5% of the purchase price*
How will I receive my California real estate commission rebate?
Credit on your closing statement – My rebate will be itemized on your HUD1 closing statement as a credit. Buyers can apply their rebate to closing costs, which include loan fees, property taxes and escrow-related fees. As my commission refund may exceed closing costs by thousands of dollars, I can issue my client a check for the excess. Your Lender will require that you have sufficient funds from your personal savings, Stocks or a Gift (documented with a Gift Letter) to cover your down payment, closing costs and reserves. A Broker Rebate typically cannot be used towards your down payment and you should confirm with you Lender if a Broker Rebate is allowed.
Check after the close of escrow – some clients prefer to receive their rebate outside of escrow. In this case I will mail your rebate check on the day of escrow closing.
Is a California real estate commission rebate taxable?
NO, real estate commission rebates are not considered taxable by the IRS. A rebate will reduce the cost basis of your home (the price you paid). For example: If you purchase a $1,000,000 home and I rebate you 1.5% ($15,000 assuming 3% commission) your cost basis would be $985,000. It represents an adjustment to the purchase price of the home and generally is not part of a purchaser's gross income. When you sell your home any profit would be based on that purchase price. I do not report a commission rebate to the IRS and I will not issue you a Form 1099. With all tax related concerns please verify with your Tax Attorney as individual situations may vary. See this article on the subject from Redfin: "IRS Rules That Redfin Does Not Have to Report Commission Refunds as Taxable Income"
Is a commission rebate legal?
100% YES, The United States Department of Justice has a webpage entitled "Rebates Make Buying a Home Less Expensive". Ten states have enacted laws that forbid brokers from offering refunds, thankfully, California allows me to share my commission with you.
(*subject to a minimum commission of $10,000 to Steve Atkinson, Broker)
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