Trend 9: The Evolving Real Estate Value Proposition

Redesigning the Brokerage Relationships with Agents and Consumers

This is the second blog post in a series of ten that covers the trends that will shape the residential real estate industry in 2019 and beyond according to the publication, Swanepoel Trends Report 2019.  The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed in this post belong solely to the author, and not necessarily to the author’s employer or the publication cited.

Running a real estate brokerage “ain’t what it used to be.”  That is pretty much an understatement.  Today, brokers walk a tight rope between serving their agents and the consumer.  Tilt to one side too far and a brokerage risks plummeting to irrelevance.

The Swanepoel Trends Report examines the changing relationships between the broker/agent and the broker/consumer and suggests ways in which all sides can win if they embrace certain strategies.

The Broker/Agent Relationship

Brokerages’ compensation models have evolved over time.  From the early days of 50-50 splits to 100% desk fee models to hybrids somewhere in between, the permutations are endless.

Agent’s are now more independent than they have ever been before.  They only want to pay for what they feel they need from their broker and many agents are now accustomed to paying for services from private vendors apart from their brokerage.  As a result, the agent relationship with the broker has eroded.

Other market changes have led to a further deterioration in this relationship.  They include:

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The Home Selling Process

What does it take to get your home SOLD in this market?  Click on the infographic to follow the process.


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Three Ways to Increase the Flow of Referrals Through Your Pipeline

Discover some new ways to increase your referral rate and learn some tips on having the ‘price reduction’ conversation with your sellers.

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2016 – The Year Ahead in Real Estate

The real estate business is on the threshold of some potentially massive changes in the year ahead.  I make some bold predictions on what lies ahead in 2016.  Will they all come to fruition?  Probably not.  But it was fun to play Nostradamus and peer into a crystal ball. Continue reading