General FAQs
  • Who is Real-a-Save?

    We are a full service Colorado real estate brokerage
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  • How can I contact Real-a-Save?

    Call us at 303-415-2541 if you are in the Denver Metro or Boulder areas, or call toll free at 1-866-930-2541 if you are outside the 303 area code. You may also email us at info@realasave.com.
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  • Where are Real-a-Save’s services currently available?

    Our complete Buyers and Sellers programs are currently available in the major metropolitan and surrounding areas of Boulder, Denver and Fort Collins. Additionally, we offer limited service in the Colorado Springs, Summit County, and other Front Range areas. If you live in an area that is not included in our coverage simply send us an email to info@realasave.com or call us at 303-415-2541 and let us know you are interested.
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  • When can I call Real-a-Save? What type of support do you offer?

    We are available weekdays from 8:30am until 5pm, Saturdays from 10am until 4pm, Sundays by appointment only.
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  • Is it legal to sign a real estate contract with an electronic signature from DocuSign?

    Yes, signing a document using our secure DocuSign method creates a legally enforceable contract. Read this whitepaper if you’d like more information on digital signatures and the law
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  • What is the advantage of using Real-a-Save?

    For Buyers

    Our Buyers Program features full service representation by one of the most experienced Buyer’s agents in the Front Range.  .

    For Sellers

    Our Sellers Program offers full service representation for only one percent. Any home, 1%. In addition to exposure on the MLS, Realtor.com, and Zillow.com and many other sites, all of our sellers receive professional photography as part of the standard package. Be sure to see our a complete list of seller services. So just how much do you save? Well, if you were selling a $500,000 house then you’d typically pay a listing agent around 3.2% to sell your home. That comes to $16,000. We charge only 1%, and so you save $11,000.00. (**Remember, real estate commission rates are NOT set by law and can be different from company to company.)
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  • Do I need a fax machine to work with Real-a-Save?

    No. You don’t need a rotary phone either.  Or a pet rock.  As long as you have access to an email account, then you can sign all of our contracts using DocuSign.
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  • I live outside Colorado, can I use your services?

    Not at this time.  Feel free to email us at
    info@realasave.com
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  • How will you communicate with me? Phone? Email?

    Your agent will update you via email and telephone.
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  • How do I get started with Real-a-Save?

    You can sign up by going to our buyers or sellers pages on our website. We’ll walk you through the steps. If you prefer you may call us at 1-866-930-2541, or 303-415-2541 if you’re in the Denver Metro/Boulder area.
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Buyers FAQs
  • Do you charge any up front fees?

    No, Real-a-Save never charges our buyers anything.
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  • How many Showing Appointments will you take me on?

    We’ll work with you for as long as it takes you to find a home. Period.
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  • How do I narrow down my list of homes?

    We ask that you do not contact the listing agent to see the home. You can easily eliminate homes from your list by just taking a drive by them. You could also attend an open house or two, but you’ll be surprised at how many homes you can eliminate by simply taking a look at them in person from the outside. Once you narrow your list down to about half a dozen, give us a call and we’ll take you to see your favorites.
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  • Do you offer home tours if I need to see a property?

    Absolutely! Just call us at 303-415-2541.
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  • Should I call the listing agent to show me a home?

    No, please do not call the listing agent unless you intend to use them as your agent as well. Call us to schedule a private showing. Some listing agents may claim that they deserve to keep the entire commission since they opened the door for you.
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  • Can I still use Real-a-Save if I already have an agent?

    No. If you’ve signed an exclusive buyer-broker agreement then you will have to wait for that agreement to expire before you use our services. If you did not sign an agency agreement but were shown a particular property by another agent, then you cannot use Real-a-Save to purchase that property. If you did not sign an agency contract and you find another property on your own, then you can use Real-a-Save to purchase the property and receive all the benefits of our Buyers Program.
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  • Can I use Real-a-Save if I’m purchasing new construction?

    Yes, the Buyers Program is available for new construction. However, you must have one of our agents accompany you on your first visit to the new construction office so we can register as your agent and receive a commission.
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  • What is a resale home?

    A resale home is any home that is not new construction.
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  • What if I “flip” houses for a living? Can I use Real-a-Save if I’m in the construction/remodeling business?

    Yes.

  • What if I know the house I want to buy right now and want to make an offer?

    That’s great! Just sign up for our Buyers Program and we’ll contact you. You can also call us at 303-415-2541 if you are pressed for time.
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  • What if I find a For Sale By Owner home? Can you still work with me?

    Only if the For Sale By Owner is offering a brokers co-op fee. If they are not offering a commission, then we will not be able to work with you to purchase that particular house.
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  • As a buyer, how do I handle delivery of earnest money?

    You should hand-deliver it to the listing agent’s office during normal business hours. We’ll tell you exactly where the listing agent’s office is located. Once there, just tell the receptionist that you have earnest money for “agent X” on “property X” and have her/him write you a receipt with the time, date, and amount she is accepting from you (And don’t worry. Real estate offices accept earnest checks for large amounts of money all the time, they know how to handle it). Keep a copy of the receipt, and fax/email us a copy as soon as possible. The listing agent will remit the earnest into a special escrow account and it will later be credited toward the purchase price of the home at closing.
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    Can you help me find an inspector and/or other service person?

    You’re free to use any inspector you want. Real-a-Save recommends that your inspector be ASHI certified, and we’ll be happy to recommend several inspectors, all licensed, all local. You choose which one you want and we’ll even call to arrange it for you. If you need help finding any other service provider, just let us know and we’ll be happy to help.
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  • What happens at closing?

    Your Real-a-Save agent will go to the closing with you and answer any questions you may have. At closing, the title company assigns a representative who will present all of the paperwork for signatures to both the buyer and the seller.
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Sellers FAQs
  • What are my costs as a seller?

    Real-a-Save charges only 1% as their listing agent commission.  You must also pay the Buyer’s agent (if there is a buyer’s agent involved) a co-op commission.  The amount of that Buyer Agent co-op is up to you.
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  • Do I pay any up front fees when I hire you to sell my house?

    No, you pay us our 1% commission at closing and only if we sell your  house.
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  • Is there an alternative option to the 1% seller’s plan?

    Yes, we have a Premium Package that includes an open house and incentives if we bring you multiple offers the first weekend and one or more offer is above list price.  Ask us for all the details by calling 303-415-2541.
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  • Who pays the buyer’s agent if I hire you to sell my house?

    You pay the buyer’s agent.
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  • What is the buyer’s agent fee?

    The buyer’s agent fee is paid to the agent representing the buyer.  This fee can be above or below 2.8% as there is no set fee for buyer’s agent commissions.  It’s up to you as to what you’d like to pay the Buyer Agent.
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  • What do I get for the 1% seller’s fee?

    We place your home on the your local MLS, Realtor.com, Zillow.com many other sites. We loan you a professional yard sign and lockbox, and schedule all the showings for you. We’ll take care of all the paperwork, contracts, negotiations, and will accompany you to closing. For a complete list of our services, click here.
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  • Will other agents/agencies be able to show my home?

    Yes, we’ll provide you with a lockbox which will allow other agents the convenience of showing your home when you are not around. Our professional showing service will field calls from agents who want to bring their clients in to see your home. We’ll then call to let you know what time the agent will be there so you can leave for an hour or so. It’s best if you are not there when buyers are touring your home with their agents.
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  • Will my home be on the MLS?

    Yes. It will also be on Realtor.com, Zillow.com and many other sites.
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  • What is a lockbox?

    A lockbox allows you to securely lock one of your house keys in a combination lock attached to your door. Other buyer’s agents can then schedule showings while you are not home.
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  • What if I “flip” houses for a living? Can I use Real-a-Save if I’m in the construction/remodeling business?

    Yes. By utilizing our Buyers Program in conjunction with our Sellers Program you could lower your total real estate commission related costs to around 1-2%.
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  • Can you help me get my property ready?

    Yes. We’ll give you some great advice for readying your home for sale in our competitive market analysis. If you need a professional cleaner or property staging service we’d be happy to refer you to a local company.
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  • What if you find a buyer instead of another company, does that affect my costs at all?

    Yes!  Your commissions will be reduced if Real-a-Save acts as a Transaction Broker.  Call for details 303-415-2541.
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  • Will someone put up the yard sign for me?

    Yes. We’ll set up your sign.
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  • Will you host open houses for my home?

    Yes, our Premium Package includes an open house and performance-based incentives.  Call for details 303-415-2541.
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  • How do you hold an open house?

    We have an additional Premium Package which includes an open house.  Call for more details 303-415-2541.

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    1. Will you come to my house to help me determine a price?

      Yes.  We will come to your home.
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    2. Will you tell me a listing price for my home?

      Every one of our clients receives a professional pricing consultation. We will show you all the recent sales and listings in your area so you can make an informed decision, and we’ll go over many of the issues and factors you need to consider when making this decision.
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    3. What if my house doesn’t sell?

      Then we don’t get paid.
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