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SAVE THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS WHEN YOU BUY WITH ME
I REBATE 50% of my Real Estate Commission to my Buyers
80% Buyer Rebate on Brand New Homes!
I must register you at the Community on your 1st visit
Buy a home with me and receive a cash rebate of HALF my commission. To qualify for this offer Buyers agree to tour homes themselves via Open Houses and Broker Tours. Let me know of a property that interests you and I will take things from there. Comparative Market Analysis, Negotiating your offer, All Inspections and Appraisals to Closing. Home sellers normally offer a buyer’s agent commission of 2.5% – 3.0% of the purchase price. Your rebate will be 1.25% – 1.5% of the purchase price*
How will I receive my California real estate commission rebate?
Credit on your closing statement – My rebate will be itemized on your HUD1 closing statement as a credit. Buyers can apply their rebate to closing costs, which include loan fees, property taxes and escrow-related fees. As my commission refund may exceed closing costs by thousands of dollars, I can issue my client a check for the excess. Your Lender will require that you have sufficient funds from your personal savings, Stocks or a Gift (documented with a Gift Letter) to cover your down payment, closing costs and reserves. A Broker Rebate typically cannot be used towards your down payment and you should confirm with you Lender if a Broker Rebate is allowed.
Check after the close of escrow – some clients prefer to receive their rebate outside of escrow. In this case I will mail your rebate check on the day of escrow closing.
Is a California real estate commission rebate taxable?
NO, real estate commission rebates are not considered taxable by the IRS. A rebate will reduce the cost basis of your home (the price you paid). For example: If you purchase a $1,000,000 home and I rebate you 1.5% ($15,000 assuming 3% commission) your cost basis would be $985,000. It represents an adjustment to the purchase price of the home and generally is not part of a purchaser's gross income. When you sell your home any profit would be based on that purchase price. I do not report a commission rebate to the IRS and I will not issue you a Form 1099. With all tax related concerns please verify with your Tax Attorney as individual situations may vary. See this article on the subject from Redfin: "IRS Rules That Redfin Does Not Have to Report Commission Refunds as Taxable Income"
Is a commission rebate legal?
100% YES, The United States Department of Justice has a webpage entitled "Rebates Make Buying a Home Less Expensive". Ten states have enacted laws that forbid brokers from offering refunds, thankfully, California allows me to share my commission with you.
(*subject to a minimum commission of $10,000 to Steve Atkinson, Broker)
Lafayette Real Estate Information
The Lafayette real estate market is upscale and diverse, boasting a number of large estates along with cosy cottages set in woodland settings. Homes for sale with luxurious amenities dominate the city's many attractive neighborhoods, and picturesque, tree lined streets.
Condominiums and Townhomes throughout Lafayette start in the mid $400,000's and some Townhomes can exceed $1,200,000.
Single-family three and four bedroom Lafayette detached homes range in price from the mid $600,000's to the $2,000,000 range.
Larger estate-style homes in the Lafayette Hills range in price from $2,000,000 to the mid $3,000,000's.
Lafayette Community Information
The City of Lafayette is a family-oriented community in a semi-rural valley on the east side of the Oakland/Berkeley hills in the San Francisco Bay Area. Sunny and mild year round, Lafayette is blessed with natural beauty and an impeccable quality of life. It offers its 17,500 residents a serene setting in contrast to the more urban existence of the surrounding area.
Lafayette is situated immediately east of the Caldecott Tunnel on Highway 24 and is served by a Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) station. The tree-studded hillsides of the 12.8 square-mile City contribute to the aesthetic beauty of this community. Its mature parks and open spaces and terrific diversity of homes and real estate.
Lafayette residents also enjoy unmatched outdoor recreation opportunities. Natural beauty including proximity to Tilden Park, San Pablo Reservoir, Briones Open Space and the Lafayette Reservoir. Its location provides for a more rustic landscape, and Lafayette's many parks and trails make it a destination for many Bay Area hikers and naturalists. Exquisite dining, world-class entertainment and exciting tourist attractions of San Francisco make living in Lafayette close to paradise.
Want more Information? Like to view a home? Interested in Selling? (415) 613-8940 Steve@Houses.com
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