Run to Redfin
Ardell at Rain City Guide says, Everyone Run to Redfin!:
When you write in your agent, or meet your agent there, the agent gets 3%, but according to the sales office, and I do not know why not, they are not allowing the buyer to take the 3%. So sign in your mother, brother or sister with a licenseâ€¦or me or Redfin, to take advantage of the cashback feature. Hopefully they will permit the buyer to take the 3% at some point without doing it this way. But in the meantime, donâ€™t lose out on the benefit.
Basically what I believe Ardell is saying that if you use Redfin or an agent flexible on comission then you if you don’t work with the onsite team but instead have your own representation you can negeotiate to get up to 3% of the purchase price back. This would certainly be a great deal and go a long ways to helping out with your initial down payment. I’ll ask Redfin about this and see what their take on new construction is since it rarely shows up in the MLS.