Long weekend hours, 24/7 hustle…real estate agents deserve some breaks, right?

Sometimes breaks come in unusual ways, such as discounts on Xerox equipment and UPS rates — courtesy of membership in local and national Realtor organizations. Members of the Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors can get 20 percent off suits and ties at Jos. A. Banks Clothiers, and 10 percent discounts at Jiffy Lube. Bedroom carpeting looking worn? CABR members get 10 percent off showroom pricing at Builders Carpet of Woodlawn. “We’ve saved people hundreds of dollars” using the CABR discount, says Sharon Mitchell-Peeno, owner of Builders Carpet. Sure, it’s a marketing technique to draw well-connected folks as clients, but “it’s cheaper to deal with a local company that offers very personalized service.” The Realtor perks don’t make up for the troubled housing market, of course, but saving $240 on a $1,200 Jos. A. Banks Signature Gold wool suit can ease the pain.

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