Gift Giving & EthicsSo I'm on the lookout for a home to buy and have been out once with my Realtor already. I think I found one I like, but it's going to be a hassle as it's a short sale in need of repairs and if I go through with it I'll be going FHA 203k, etc. Anyway, the list price is pretty low and I feel like my Realtor will be working pretty hard for a pretty paltry commission. Is it appropriate to give the Realtor some sort of gift/thank you for their time? I was a lousy Realtor once upon a time (and not for very long) and remember what a pain it could be to do all this stuff and never sell anything. I also remember there was some rule about things you could accept payment for and things that were services or something. For instance, a Realtor can't charge you to look up the tax information on a home, but there were some services they could charge for. What do you think? Does this happen? Is it common or should I forget about it?May 10 2012 - Dekalb0YesReport a ProblemProblemSelect oneOffensive contentIrrelevant contentSpam (pure self-promotion)OtherDetailsYour emailPlease enter a valid email address.Submit CancelContent flaggedWe will review this content. Thanks for helping make the site more useful to everyone. To learn more, read Zillow's Good Neighbor Policy.We're sorry. This service is temporarily unavailable. Please come back later and try again.