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6% Real-Estate Agents Commission Battled Print E-mail
Monday, 05 June 2006

Recently, the 6% real estate commission has been under assault. However, the hits just keep coming and are getting more sophisticated. Three Internet upstarts are the latest to take a shot.

Redfin, which covers Seattle and San Francisco, and coming soon to Los Angeles and San Diego, superimposes for-sale information, as well as recent sale prices on an aerial map.

Launched in February, Redfin also acts as a buyer's agent and refunds two-thirds of the agent's commission--usually 2% of the total sales price--to the buyer. CEO Glenn Kelman said that they had agents write in blogs about breaking our kneecaps,. .

The second is the PropertyShark , which coverage is mainly New York City, publishes property record data in an online property report. Casual users can receive six reports a day for free; unlimited access costs $250 to $550 per year. Founder Matthew Haines says that when the site launched in January 2003. He said that he really agitated the brokers because they were used to having an information advantage. has national coverage. Aggregates information--such as aerial photos, assessed value, comparable recent sales, and lot size-on about 65 million of the country's 85 million single-family homes, with enough data to peg a value-a "Zestimate"-on more than 45 million of them.

The site, which is run by the founders of Expedia and, had nearly three million visitors during its three weeks live in February.

By M. Sese

Last Updated ( Monday, 05 June 2006 )
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