Often times, a broker will only show you their own exclusives, or their company’s exclusives, regardless of what you’re actually looking for, just so they can get full commission. “Let’s say the typical commission for a rental broker is 15% of the annual rent. If a rental broker pushes you into one of their own exclusive listings, telling you that it is the best in the neighborhood on the market, and others aren't available to be seen, etc., then they get the benefit of the full commission without having to split it with anyone,” says Eidman. “Regardless of commission, whether it’s half or whole, a broker should show you everything that fits your criteria no matter who the listing agent or person is.”
If your broker is asking you for any payments in cash, be wary. “While some landlords and brokers do require cash deposits, most reputable companies prefer a credit card, bank check, or money order. If they do require cash, make sure to get a receipt,” says Steve Halpern, an agent at Compass.
How many times have you shelled out $100 for a credit check? That seems like an absurdly large amount of money when there are tons of advertisements out there for credit checks that are supposedly "free." "Some companies are looking to make a profit on credit-score checks," says JP Smith, a real-estate agent at BLU Realty Group. “Generally a credit check should be $50-75.”