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Gift Giving & Ethics

So 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?
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May 10 2012 - Dekalb
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I don't think about gifts from clients when helping them find a home.  The best gift you can give a Realtor is a testimonial to help them obtain new clients, and give them some good word of mouth advertising or refer a friend or coworker. 
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May 10 2012
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Good point. Unfortunately for my Realtor, I'm something of a social outcast and few of my coworkers have it together enough to buy a home.
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May 10 2012
Whatever you give, she will have to turn over to her broker first. Then she'll get her share. Keep that in mind when you're deciding what to give. Maybe a box of chocolates or something small? Just to show your appreciation.
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May 10 2012
That is very thoughtful of you to consider giving your Realtor a gift. This can be a very thankless job at times. You don't have to spend much to show her your appreciation. Bake cookies or brownies for her. Better yet, write her a great review so she can earn more business. Good Luck :)
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May 10 2012
As they say, the best give is a good recommendation; but is not ilegal to provide additional commission to your relator. It just has to be done the legal way. This means you give the commission through the broker.
 
I am sure your realtor will be very appreciative.
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