As a Buyer, is it appropriate to offer a Bonus to your agent on a purchase of a low priced REO?

As a Buyer, is it appropriate to offer a Bonus to your agent on a purchase of a low priced REO?  Many REO's in some areas are extremenly low priced.  Buyer's Agents can spend a lot of time helping you find a good home at a great price, only to receive a tiny commission because of the low selling price.  If you are happy with their efforts, is it appropriate to offer them a Bonus?  If so how much?  1.5%?

I am a first time home buyer with little experience, looking for a low priced REO/fixer and just would like to make sure that offering a small Bonus to my Agent is appropriate, and not a conflict or slight to the listing Agent.

Thanks for any experienced advice!
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A card and a thoughtful gift is always nice. You can also offer a bonus, but being an easy client to work with and being appreciative will go far. Beyond that the best thing you can do is refer the agent to anyone that you know that is looking to buy or sell. That is the best way to say thank you. 
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See my answer on your other thread, don't worry about slighting the listing agent.
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It is ok if you want to do it. I've seen it done before.
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I did have a client give me a gift and it meant more than money. Your thoughtfulness would be greatly appreciated and remembered for a long time. It doesn't have to be anything extravagant, just something that shows you appreciated their efforts. Even if it's a letter to the agent's broker stating the agent did an outstanding job ... something like that might be brought up at an office meeting and really makes an agent feel great.
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