yeah, i remember when i did the math, flat fee anthony ends up costing you the standard 1-2% on a property worth 300k. his service would only make sense if you were selling properties worth 500k or more.
i've stumbled into a few sites that are based off of the US and claim to be able to list in Ontario but not sure if it legit though.
P.S The average income of an agent is about $37,000 per year. There are good and bad agents in real estate just as there are good and bad employees in any profession.
As a full time REALTOR I travel over 60,000 kilometers per year servicing Sellers and Buyers (that means I replace my car every 3 years due to excessive wear and tear). You do get what you pay and the less commission you pay the lower selling price you get as a rule of thumb. Is it worth it to save a few thousand when it might cost you several more in sale price? Do not forget that out of what you pay me comes my licencing fees, brokerage fees, income tax, insurance fees, mls access, prospect management, etc. We do not get what you give us but much less at the end of the day. As a Top Producer I make a decent living but I am available to clients and prospects 24/7 and it is not unusual to be woken up in the middle of the night to discuss an issue with a foreign buyer. Some day I see the Buyer paying for the services up front that are currently paid for by the Seller. If you had to pay me a retainer to look for a property that was based on a per hour basis as well as per service I would bet that you would take less time to purchase than the average Buyer today. I perform over 200 functions during an average sale or purchase. Most fisbo's do not close due to complications at closing that a REALTOR would be available to iron out. I have many times given a free Comparative Market Analyisis to a Seller only to have them list privately for the price that I had provided to them plus add in 10% above this, only to have them come back to me several months later to list it at the market value of the then current economic time. When our services evolve into a fee per service I will offer mls access for a flat fee (but everything else will have a price on it also) as well as full service. I understand the general public misconceptions about our services-they hear about the part timers who make large amounts of money for little work, or the quick turn over of a property but in reality the part timers only get business from friends and relatives and if your property sells quickly it was beacause your agent had been working for a while with the buyer building a relationship of trust and consumer education to make it happen. P.S The average income of an agent is about $37,000 per year. There are good and bad agents in real estate just as there are good and bad employees in any profession.