RECENTLY ON TOL:
- A tumblr site dedicated to the people and places that make up Oregon and Southwest Washington.
Want to raise some feathers??? Consider this show.
The single biggest asset for most folks is their home. In this very depressed home selling economy, home owners should be able to use realtors who receive a one-time flat rate fee for listing a person's home. Oregon Realtors have done an exceptional job of protecting their market share. Some refuse to show homes that are listed "by owner" and yet others refuse to show homes that are represented by companies such as "Red Fin."
Realtors offer no great benefit to home selling. In depressed markets they offer comfort by stating "It's a great time to buy a home." In robust markets they comfort by stating "It's a great time to sell a home." Either way the realtor NEVER loses.
When a house doesn't sell quickly the only advice they have is to lower the price of the house. This is something that any individual can do on their own. Finding comparables takes no time thanks to Zillow. Homeowners can place their own ads in papers and advertise through Cragislist and send flyers on their own. Realtors do not deserve the percentage of the home sale price they currently receive. They should be paid either a flat rate or an hourly fee. Realtors do not allow for sale by owner an opportunity to list on the RMLS listserv. That is the only benefit of having a realtor list a home.
Realtors do not offer any advantage legally if a consumer buys a home that is moldy or otherwise damaged. Realtors should go the way of travel agents. They offer an obsolete service.
Homeowners should get to keep the money they have invested in their homes. Homeowners are the ones who have spent money into keeping their homes marketable, not realtors.
Ever see a Realtor driving a Ford Escort???
It's time that legislators help homeowners unite!
posted 2 years, 10 months ago
view in context