The obvious inference with small companies such as these (although often not actually stated) is that they can, for a reduced fee, deliver the same level of service and sales results as a major company such as Barfoot & Thompson. I am sure that you will agree that whenever considering options for providers of any service you require, it is important to know that you are comparing “apples with apples”.
One of life’s lessons that has stuck with me over the years is that, as a rule, “You almost always get what you pay for!”. Please make sure you investigate what service is actually being offered for the reduced fee, and compare it to what you would experience with Barfoot & Thompson.
The really big question is – Do you want a premium result, or discount service? The ‘perceived savings’ you believe you are making dealing with a discount agent are often quickly lost by a poor sales result. It’s the money that you take away at the end of the process that counts – not the commission level. Unfortunately, the reality is that when owners list with one of these ‘boutique discount agents’ they don’t know how much money they may have in fact lost, as they never see the result they could have achieved by working with Auckland’s leading real estate company.