Crawford Realty is not just another Birmingham real estate company. Our hybrid approach to selling homes combines the best of Discount Brokerages and Full Commission Realtors with the freedom of a For Sale By Owner. At Crawford Realty, we realize that most buyers do much of their home searching on-line, then jump in their cars to see the houses they like. After finding the house they want, they usually call an agent to schedule a showing and make an offer.
When we (Emily & Wayne Crawford) decided to put our Atlanta home on the market in 2004 we couldn't possibly justify paying an agent 6% to basically put it on the MLS®, because the agent who had listed our previous home for sale made more on the sale of our home than we did! So we hired Duffy Realty of Atlanta to put our home on the MLS® for $500 and a fraction of a percent commission when the sale closed. Right away we realized that Duffy's idea was going to change the way people bought and sold houses…and we wanted in. At the time, Emily was working in Birmingham and we took turns commuting back and forth between our Birmingham home and our residence in Atlanta. We ended up selling our Atlanta home through Duffy Realty and saved over $11,000 in commissions.
Fast forward to April, 2005: Wayne has now relocated full time to Birmingham as a licensee of Rainmaker Realty Inc., owned by Frank and Rhonda Duffy, who operate Duffy Realty of Atlanta. Now a licensed agent in Alabama, He has opened Crawford Realty and has just listed his first home for sale in the Birmingham MLS®. As of only 2 ½ years later, Wayne Crawford is now a Broker, and Crawford Realty has sold over $23 million worth of homes, saving our average homeseller client almost $7,800 in commissions. By 2010, Crawford Realty has listed almost 700 homes and closed sales of home valued at $35,610,000.
We are ready to help you save, too! And, by the way, Crawford Realty of Alabama is proud to say that we are a Better Business Bureau A-Rated Accredited Business and Wayne Crawford, broker/owner, has been awarded membership in the Birmingham Association of Realtors® Club of Excellence every full year that Crawford Realty had been in business.
*IT'S IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO KNOW that MLS® entry-only listings offered by some companies are illegal in Alabama, where the MINIMUM SERVICES LAW (Section 34-27-84 of Alabama Code) reads:
"When accepting an agreement to list an owner's property for sale, the broker or his or her licensee shall, at minimum, accept delivery of and present to the consumer all offers, counteroffers, and addenda to assist the consumer in negotiating offers, counteroffers, and addenda, and to answer the consumer's questions relating to the transaction."
Crawford Realty is a full-service agency that is always available to provide all minimum services as well as any other services our sellers need, on a fee-for-service basis.