Inman – 2 startups charge flat fees for listings, revamping the real estate brokerage model

by Paul Hagey | April 27, 2015

Toward the end of his time as a team leader with Keller Williams Realty in 2011, Jordan Connett realized that listing agents’ jobs were much easier than they used to be. Agents can easily place their listings in front of millions of homebuyers on powerhouse, cutting-edge portals like Zillow, Trulia and realtor.com; and paperless platforms like dotloop and DocuSign eliminate the time and hassle their pre-digital predecessors had to expend to simply collect documents and get them signed. That new reality, paired with the fact that listings carry some inherent value to real estate brokerages and agents alike, led Connett to conclude that listing agent commissions would increasingly compress below the current 2.5 percent range. He decided to get a jump on what he saw coming b…

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Philadelphia Business Journal – Startup Houwzer is new model real estate brokerage

by Lauren Hertzler

You might know Mike Maher. He’s the guy who founded Center City co-working space Benjamin’s Desk.

A few months ago, he stepped down from his CEO role at Benjamin’s Desk (and handed control to his brother Anthony Maher) to run Houwzer, a startup real estate brokerage with a twist. He founded the company with Kevin Baird, a local real estate developer, attorney and entrepreneur.

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