September 9, 2005
Driving around my neighborhood, I’ve been seeing a lot more Help-U-Sell signs. These types of services have been growing dramatically with the hot real estate market. Sellers usually give up 6% of their home’s sale for commissions (usually 3% to each the buying and selling agent, sometimes they are in both roles). Services like these have existed for a while but not until the Internet have they had a great impact since they are more readily accessible to both buyers and sellers.
Then there are the consumer-buying sites that provide MLS listings, where all realtors/services list their homes they have for sale. Here are examples of MLS services to consumers. MLS listing services seem to be regional and some have consumer-facing sites and some don’t.