Why should a seller offer compensation to the Buyer’s Agent?

In a word, history. Due to the 100-year history of bundled (aka coupled) commissions, the overwhelming majority of buyer brokers use this business model.  Washington is at the forefront of change--but... Most buyers still rely on the seller to pay their broker's fee, so most brokers won't show a property that does not offer seller-paid compensation  Therefore, the single most important decision is to offer a fee to the buyer broker. The Washington State Buyer Brokerage Services Agreement allows the possibility of screening out properties that do not offer to pay a buyer broker fee.

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I found Rod through Google after reading many glowing reviews, much like the one I am now going to share. For me, our meeting was a stroke of luck in what felt like was an unlucky situation. After having issues with our tenants and property management company I had decided to sell and was discouraged. Living on the east coast and owning a home in the state of Washington I had to constantly depend on other people to look after my home. Rod was one of the first people I worked with during those many years that I sincerely trusted. He is professional, thoughtful, honest, and hard-working. As I live far away, and had never sold a home before, I thought the process would be confusing and challenging. Due to Rod it never was. He took the time to explain to me what was happening and what my options were. He was transparent and managed my expectations appropriately. Communication was fluid and his responses were timely. The pictures he had taken of my home when listed showcased it's best side and were nicely done. It was a great touch. I honestly can't say enough good things about my experience, expect that I highly recommend working with Rod and the Bremerton Real Estate Company. Thanks Rod!
Samantha Landers
Simply the best realtor that I have ever worked with. Very well informed, knows the market, and took charge of getting my home on the market quickly and staged beautifully. STRONGLY recommend!!!
Bob Dooley
Rod nos ayuda mucho! Siempre estuvo atento para cualquier pregunta y duda que teníamos. Es una person muy honesta. Habla español y inglés!
Yuli Deluna
Great person to work with , smart and professional . The best !
N Hernandez
We have been working with Rod for 20 years through several transactions. Rod is very knowledgeable, professional, and honest. Most recently, we used Rod to sell a house. There were some unexpected challenges that arose, but Rod dealt with them quickly and professionally. I have no hesitations to recommend Rod for buying or selling property in this area.
M. Fowler
My Sister has early onset Alzheimer’s. Rod couldn’t have been more patient with her thru the entire transaction of selling her home. He was always responsive and answering question over and over. He listed and sold her home in a weeks time getting multiple offers and more than our asking price. I highly recommend Rod for his professionalism and efficiency.
Barbara Jacobs
I recently sold my home in Bremerton. My realtor was Rod Blackburn. He was professional, easy to talk to, knowledgeable, and throughout the process, he kept me updated and informed. Each time I contacted Rod with questions, he always responded promptly, and never sounded bothered or rushed. He made me feel like I was his most important client. I would highly recommend Bremerton Real Estate Company to anyone who's is buying or selling a home. My experience couldn't have been better.
Alan A.
I first met Rod when I was shopping for a house in Bremerton several years ago. He was the listing agent for one of the houses I was considering at the time. I was immediately impressed by his knowledge of the neighborhoods, his great advice, as well as his professionalism, and I remember thinking at the time ‘I wish this guy was my realtor.’ This year, when it came time for me to sell my Bremerton house, I called on Rod, and it was a great decision. I’m out of state these days and he made the whole process really easy, helping line up a great home stager, a landscaper, even helping me replace the stove to make the kitchen pop a bit more. We also happened to go on the market just before the Covid-19 crisis broke and, despite all of the restrictions, Rod ultimately found me a great offer that came in at an asking price that was well above the range that I thought I’d be getting at the outset of the process. I highly recommend working with Rod, and I wouldn’t even consider buying or selling in the Kitsap area again without his help.
J. Higgins
Rod Blackburn had come highly recommended to me. He has many years of Real Estate experience. I had taken on the sale of my sister’s house in another state and I knew it might be a challenge to work long distance with a stranger. I couldn’t be more grateful for this recommendation! Rod was a blessing to work with on the sale of my sister’s home.  Upon our first meeting at the house, Rod took the time to assess and understand the condition of the home. He evaluated our needs and he provided me with suggestions of what preparation and maintenance work would be needed to prepare the home for sale. He worked within our budget to best prepare the home for the market. He is very knowledgeable in both the real estate aspect, as well as the modifications needed to best sell the home for the best market price. Rod had such a very honest and matter-of-fact approach that made it easy to tackle the issues and work within our budget and in a timely manner. Rod made me feel comfortable throughout every step of the process. He was very easy to communicate with and was very quick to respond to questions, concerns, etc. Rod was very proactive in taking initiatives to follow through, yet allowing me to be very much involved. We were never out of touch.  Rod really managed the sales process and used all the tools necessary to bring the house beautifully to market. He is incredibly professional, engaging, and absolutely fabulous to work with. Rod is very good at what he does!
K. Lampe
Rod knows the area well and has a deep level of experience. Rod is a fantastic person to work with too. I would recommend him.
C. Frazier
I bought and sold my house with Rod. It was many years apart. Each experience was fantastic. When I bought the house he was very patient....VERY. When I sold the house it was completely painless and smooth. He is a complete professional that you want to have on your side. I highly recommend  Rod for you sale or purchase. He will make it a great process. Promise. 
J. Duncan
This was my second time working with Rod. The first time was when I purchased a house in 2010 and now while selling a parcel of land. Each time working with Rod has been a pleasure. He is everything you'd want in an agent: extremely knowledgeable about the market, straightforward and honest, and puts your needs first. I've recommended Rod to friends who I want to keep as friends, and they've also been impressed with him. I may be partial, but I think Rod is the best realtor in Kitsap County, this won't be the last time I work with Rod. Thanks!" 
B. Meacham
Rod is our go-to for all real-estate questions in Bremerton! He has helped us with multiple sales in the past few years and is always available. I definitely trust Rod to give us unbiased advice - sometimes against his own interest!
W. Trettin
Rod is an exceptional real estate agent. He is extremely knowledgeable about real estate in the Bremerton/Kitsap area. He pays close attention to his clients; always in a professional manner and with an amicable style. He has abundant resources and contacts to ancillary services required in purchasing a home. Beyond this, Rod is a very genuine and friendly person lending great confidence in him.
J. Moraido
Rod Blackburn is hands-down my realtor of choice! Exceptionally well Informed, accessible, and trustworthy, Rod consistently goes the extra mile for his clients. He seeks a deep understanding of each client’s unique needs and circumstances, and – working to ease the stressful aspects of buying or selling your home – he arrives with calm, kindness, and gentle humor.
S. Martine
Rod Blackburn is an excellent and honest real estate broker. Before I retired from over 25 years of selling real estate throughout Kitsap County, I interacted with Rod many times. He was always professional, well informed, and willing to "go the extra mile" for his clients. A skilled negotiator, Rod is straightforward, principled, and will always tell you the truth. I highly recommend that you contact Rod Blackburn for any of your real estate needs.
N. Vandemark
After owning our home for 30 years we decided to relocate after retiring. This seemed like a daunting task! Rod came in and made it so easy. We got top dollar for our house and the whole process went seamless. He worked with us every step of the way and was always there when we needed him. I would  highly recommend him. Not only is he a wonderful real estate agent, but he is also a wonderful person.
M. Phillipi
Rod is the hardest working real estate agent I have ever met, not to mention an all around great person. He helped me to sell a rental property after having moved out of state. He took care are all the local interactions and coordinated the necessary repairs. It was a true pleasure working with him  and I recommend him to everyone. 
J. Mason
I can't speak highly enough of Rod. He sold our house at over our asking price. He was so professional yet gave us really personal service. I highly recommend him!
S. Rahder
Rod has been my broker for three real estate transactions over the last 16 years. On the most recent transaction Rod and I met and he gave me a list of suggestions to maximize my sale value. I took everyone of his suggestions and implemented them. It paid off big!!!! In 24 hrs I had a cash  offer and closed in 3 weeks. Rod is a true real estate professional with excellent knowledge of the market. I highly recommend him to anyone.
M. Morris
Rod is an honest, knowledgeable, experienced professional that I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with for home choices sales and purchase for over 15 years! He makes buying a home fun and will work very hard to always do his best and do what's best for his clients. My whole family is  very loyal to Rod and trust him with the big decisions of make home purchase. Thanks for all that you do Rod! Sincerely, Bradie Haner
B Haner
Rod was amazing from start to finish! He listed our home as we were preparing to move out of state. He assured us he could sell it quick, over our asking price and advised what work needed to be done on our home to get it there. He was professional and so efficient. He kept us up to date  throughout the whole process. Rod truly went above and beyond to make sure we were satisfied with our sale. We would recommend Rod to all of our family, friends and everyone else.
E. Durbin
Rod had the gigantic task of selling two homes for us in a down market so that we could pursue our quest of acquiring a one of kind dream house which was a daunting short sale transaction. A transaction like this is time consuming and to say the least a roller coaster ride. Rod stuck it out  with us and brought to the table his truly great skills as an agent. He's not only a highly recomended agent we can count on, but a friend as well. The entire transaction was a success and we now have our one of a kind dream house.
C. Thatcher
Rod helped us to sell a home in Bremerton in 2016, so when we wanted to buy a home with acreage in Poulsbo, we naturally turned to him again. Rod supported us as we looked at various houses, and through an attempt to purchase a home where we were outbid. When we found the house we really wanted, Rod’s knowledge and industry contacts were invaluable. We got the house of our dreams, and because Rod’s commission is only 1%, we feel we got a bonus. The seller’s price had built in a 2.5% commission for the buyer’s agent, but Rod’s 1% commission meant we actually paid less than the listed price. We were able to use the money we saved for new items for the house, like a new washer/dryer, a new riding lawn mower. We highly recommend Rod, not just for his knowledge and skill, but also because his business model is fair and reasonable. And Rod is just super nice and easy to work with! We have bought and sold homes in other locations, and we feel Rod is an example of a truly professional realtor.
Linda Trueblood

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