Flat-Fee or Full Service Pricing
HelpUBuy America offers two pricing programs to accommodate your home buying needs: Flat Fee and Full Service.
Flat-FeeIf you’re the “do-it-yourself” type and are willing to do a lot of the house hunting legwork on your own, the flat-fee program is perfect for you. Instead of the customary 3% commission based on the sales price of a home, we charge an AVERAGE flat fee of $7,000 which is paid out of the seller’s proceeds at closing. Any excess commission and all bonuses are refunded at closing. To qualify, we will show you no more than 10 houses and make no more than 3 trips.
For our full-service clients, we do it all. We research and often preview homes that suit your needs, and show you only the good ones. We handle negotiations and hold your hand from contract execution through closing. Our fee for this service is 3% of the sales price of the home, paid out of the seller’s proceeds at closing. All other terms mentioned above remain the same. Many of our buyers start as flat-fee buyers and then convert to full service. House hunting is time consuming and at times frustrating. Don’t be embarrassed to turn the whole thing over to us if you get frustrated.
Included in Both Programs
Home Finder Service
Research Property History
Obtain and Review Disclosures
Recommend a Negotiating Strategy
Write Offers and Execute Contracts
Provide Loan Guidance
Troubleshoot through Closing
Prepare Temporary Leases
Review Title Work
Much, Much More!
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some answers to the questions that come up most often about the flat-fee program. If you have questions not on the list, feel free to drop us a line.
How are you different than a discounter?
Discounters claim to do the same job for less money. They operate on a volume basis and, more often than not, perform low quality services that match their discount price. HelpUBuy agents don’t mind earning less money if we can do less work. You help with the ‘grunt’ work; we do the hard stuff and we reward you by sharing our commission. Reducing our work load allows us to represent more clients than we could otherwise manage.
Why 10 houses and three trips?
Experience has shown that about one in eight houses is a really good house. We round up to ten to give you a little wiggle room. Since we don’t want to take ten trips to show you ten houses, we limit our trips to three. Trips for a second look after you have an executed contract and for your final walk-thru are not included in the three trip limit.
What if you only show me one house and make one trip?
Contact us about transactional services if you have already selected a home and just need us to write the offer, negotiate the deal, and manage the transaction.
Will I receive a larger rebate if you only show me six houses? What happens if I need to view twelve?
The terms of our agreement are not negotiable. To qualify for a rebate, we will show you no more than ten houses and make no more than three trips.
What happens if I can’t find a house after viewing 10?
No worries! If you are unable to purchase one of the first ten homes you view, you will automatically convert to the full service program. There are no trip or showing limits under the full service program; we are paid 3% of the sales price of the home out of the seller’s proceeds at closing.
How will I receive my rebate?
Rebates can be distributed in a variety of ways, the best way being a Realtor contribution toward your closing costs and/or prepaids. You cannot use your rebate as part of your down payment. We disclose all rebates to your lender and fully comply with all RESPA/TREC procedures and we’re not going to help you commit loan fraud. Rebates are perfectly legal; you can read more about real estate rebates on the US Department of Justice website.