Weekly stats will be coming up within the next 90 minutes or so … they were delayed for two reasons. First, I was in Westbrook Village this morning showing both casitas and apartments at the Enclave to some nice folks from Washington.
And second, I spent about 45 minutes working on a post over at Agent Genius. It seems the good folks at Inman News have decided to dedicate the month of February to an examination of the future of commission-based real estate. This seems to be an almost annual event and one that ignores the fact that if you don’t want to pay what I happen to charge, there are many alternatives available.
What always has amazed me is the presumption that a real estate agent’s 1099, only by dint of being a real estate agent, is open to public scrutiny usually reserved for elected officials. Sadly, a commission check isn’t pure profit – far from it – any more than the $1.89 you plunk down at the gas pump goes straight into the owner’s pockets.
Making that argument, though, is futile; those who believe agents make too much money for what we do always will believe that. Others who have attempted the do-it-yourself route and said “never again” don’t believe the argument now and don’t need to be swayed.
In any event, I invite you to grab a beverage and take a look at the 1,400-word novella that I completed over there. I tend to think that if nothing else, it makes for a rather insightful read.[tags]Phoenix real estate[/tags]