Dirty Little Secrets Behind White Picket Fences:

The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly about all things Real Estate

Greetings from the Land of Discounters March 24, 2007

Hello Everyone!

First and foremost, thank you for taking the time to view this site. With so many blogs and opinions flying around in cyberspace today, I hope you will find this particular one to be informative, cutting-edge, controversial, and most importantly, fun.

I decided to write this blog after spending some time at others professionals’ real estate blogs such as bluecollaragents.com and blueroof.com. Each person has their own interpretation and opinions as to where the real estate industry and market is heading over the next few months, years, and decades. I am one of those people, but with a minor catch: I am a discount real estate agent with very different ideas and opinions than the majority of “traditional” real estate agents, or, as I like to call them, the dinosaurs of our industry. Yep, folks, that’s right, I sell property for a flat fee and discounted MLS fee while still providing full service.

Many people have asked how I do it? How can I provide the same service that other agents charge up to tens of thousands of dollars MORE for? I hope to answer these and many more questions and have conversations over the coming months utilizing this blog.

Now, the disclaimer that all commissions are negotiable by law needs to be placed here, but most people are aware that traditional agents are also known as the six-percenters. Companies like Assist2Sell (where I work) are providing consumers with the full service of a real estate professional working to sell your home at a significantly discounted commission than the industry norm.

The term discount used to be considered a “dirty” word. Now, with the coming of Wal-Mart, Costco, Sam’s Club, BJs, Hyundai, eBay, SmartBargains.com, and others, it is looked upon in a new light by consumers and industry vets. Suddenly, it’s hip to be price-savvy.  Today more than ever before the real estate market is experiencing a definite uprooting from its traditional past. Why? The answer is simple: home prices have skyrocketed and we are no longer gatekeepers of information. With the advent of the Internet, and sites such as www.realtor.com, www.nneren.com, www.zillow.com, and many, many others, buyers can find almost any kind of imaginable information about a property for sale. Real estate agents supply that information, but they no longer keep it under lock and key as they did in the past.

My goal with this blog is to expose the secrets of the real estate industry, show consumers that there IS a better way to buy and sell property, and engage in conversations with buyers, sellers, and other real estate professionals so that we can all come to a better understanding of today’s changing market and industry.

I look forward to you continued support and guidance on this project, and hope you will be receptive to new ideas, even if you do not necessarily agree. Together, with your participation, we can take the real estate industry out of its stagnant black hole and into a new better and brighter light.


13 Responses to “Greetings from the Land of Discounters”

  1. outsider222 Says:

    In case you would like some more ammo against the evil NAr, read this, and pass it on.

    (Apparently, it’s not so unusual.)


    I was going to move to NH, but decided on Maine. What an idiot I was.

  2. I don’t think NAR is necessarily “evil”—just confused. They are unprepared for the new age of real estate. They also seem to be a big proponent of keeping the six-percenters above water. Mostly, I feel they are resistant to change.

    Did you catch the email about how to “unbundle” your services from NAR, though? It is basically a whole page of links to teach traditional brokerages how to discount.

  3. mikeelliott1 Says:

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    and place your link on my site as well! Keep up the good work. Go Red Sox!

  4. Trevor Smith Says:

    Hey Vanessa,

    Great blog! Its great to see some more discounters out here in the blogosphere. I look forward to reading your posts. Also, if you ever want to do a guest blog post, etc. over at Blue Collar Agents, we would love to have you… us discounters got to stick together 🙂 Shoot me an email anytime: trevor.smith@redfin.com

    Best of luck with your new blogging venture!!!


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