This is the guy who says he knows more about real estate and construction than any realtor he's ever met... and then throws in the the dig that he's met Thinktom
I don't think ETB meant it that way. Both Tom and ETB made valid points.
I know you think you have the ideal remedy, you don't.
Some folks like me do not want any realtor involvement. We want an independent non-profit listing
service where past sales and data are available to whoever wants it.
A flat fee of say 250.00 to post your home for sale on a site like this should employ enough people to manage the service.
There is no such thing as a "perfect" solution, but there is the "best available", I think. A listing in-between full MLS and FSBO.
Who really wants an independent government run listing service?
What are you going to get for your $250? another FSBO like website with maybe 5% of homes for sale.
Realtor involvement is inevitable. Not too many buyers and sellers can sign million dollar contracts with a steady hand... without at least a second opinion or advise/consultation from someone in the business. Maybe you are very good and know everything that there is to know, but most people don't.
And are you going to run to the lawyers for subject removals, addendums, amendments, date extensions, inclusions, exclusions etc? lawyers don't work for $50 an hour y'know. One missed day, or a missed initial, the buyer is off the hook, contract is void... and you wished you offered Tom $20K to look after the sale of your home.