Welcome to Walt Gayner Real Estate!

About Charity and Commissions

Money is the topic of conversation in many ways when it comes to real estate. However, it isn't just about the price of property.

Charitable Donation - you choose where you want it to go

Every sale, whether the buyer or seller is represented, results in a donation to a charity. The client gets to choose the charity. The money comes from Walt Gayner Real Estate. $100 is donated for every $100,000 in purchase price. For example, a $250,000 purchase results in a $250 donation.

Transactions must be on property worth more than $25,000 to qualify for a donation.

Since this program started, the following organizations have received donations:

  • Salvation Army(Multiple)
  • Grace Family Child Center (Multiple)
  • Saving Grace Animal Shelter (Multiple)
  • Strawberry Mountain Mustangs
  • Winchester Elementary School Library
  • YMCA (Multiple)
  • Umpqua Fisheries Enhancement Derby
  • Umpqua Valley Christian School (Multiple)
  • Fir Grove Elementary School
  • Winchester Elementary School
    Mrs. Marshall's 2nd Grade Class
  • Children's Cancer Association
  • VA Healthcare System-Homeless Veterans
  • Mercy Foundation-Family Birthplace
  • Boys and Girls Club of the Umpqua Valley (Multiple)
  • Humboldt Wildlife Care Center
  • Special Olymics
  • Douglas County Livestock Association (Multiple)
  • Guide Dogs For The Blind
  • Ag Research Foundation (Multiple)
  • Oakland High Sports Program
  • Prayer Rock Academy
  • Wounded Warrior Project (Multiple)
  • Compassion International
  • Mercury One
  • Muscular Dystrophy Association
  • Happy Trails Riding Camp
  • Music on the Half Shell
  • Boy Scout Troop 225 and 309 (Multiple)
  • FISH Food Pantry of Roseburg (Multiple)
  • Sutherlin Food Pantry
  • Youth Hunter Education Challenge
  • Wildlife Safari
  • Fremont Middle School
  • Battered Persons Advocacy (Multiple)
  • CASA of Roseburg
  • Umpqua United Soccer Club
  • Trout Unlimited
  • Cobb Street School
  • Roseburg Hish School-Wrestling
  • Roseburg Hish School-Lacrosse
  • Sutherlin FFA Alumni
  • Community Cancer Center (Multiple)
  • St. Jude
  • Melrose Elementary School
  • Sleep in Heavenly Peace
  • Samaritan Inn
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Family Development Center
  • Umpqua Valley Cal Ripken
  • Umpqua Valley Timber Cruisers
  • Glide FFA
  • Prayer Rock
  • Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue

Amount Donated Since The Program Started In January 2008: $25,419

Factors Influencing Commission Rate

  • Property value-- Base costs are set regardless of sale price so the percentage is higher for lower value properties and lower for higher value properties.
  • Property type-- I do not charge more for bare land like many do. The days are gone when bare land was cheap and the days of commissions being 8-10% should be gone too.
  • Marketing strategy-- If advertising costs are anticipated to be a much higher than typical, the commission may be adjusted.
  • Is advertising seasonal?-- Is advertising targeting out-of-area buyers or a seasonal market?
  • Is it going to be a long listing to try to get the highest possible price?  
  • Complexity of the property-- How much running around and "leg work" needs to be done to fully learn the property?
  • What information needs to be found to fully know the potential of the property?
  • Do I need to be present at all showings to make sure the property is well represented when shown and secure when left?
  • Potential compliance issues-- Are there things that need to be done to make the property ready for marketing?
  • It is a legal parcel in the eyes of the governmental agencies?
  • Distance to the property?
  • Alternative transportation Do horses, ATV's, etc. need to be made available to show the property most effectively throughout the year?

Walt Gayner Real Estate charges a fair sales commission based on a number of factors.  The most significant factor is sale price.  In general, the higher the sale price, the lower the commission.  (See below for details).

Starting Point

Up to $100,000 -- 6%
$101,000-250,000 -- 5.5%
$251,000-500,000 -- 5.0%
$501,000+ -- Negotiable

Commission rates that are viewed as "low" by other agents may discourage agents from showing the property.

Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.