Should agents get compensated for their inventory that drives income for subcscription based models such as trulia, realtor.com, and zillow?

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There is a question going around in REALTOR circles about whether real estate agents should get compensated for their inventory that drives income for subcscription based models such as trulia, realtor.com, and zillow?

 OK, Devil’s Advocate time for discussion purposes. The original question was, should agents be compensated by Trulia, Zillow etc. for their listings. Aren’t listing agreements between the seller and the broker, I know in my area they are, so they belong to the broker. (I’m a Realtor, but not a broker)
Exposing our clients homes in as many places as possible is a positive thing for the client. Is there a difference between sharing the information on the MLS hoping another agent has a client that is interested in buying the house and splitting the commission and sharing it with Trulia, Zillow etc. and splitting the commission with an agent that brings the buyer? I realize they are making money for ads and services off of our listings but I don’t have a problem with that. They are filling a need that local MLS’s have not been able to.
I think the bottom line should be, what is best for the client and what will help you sell the home at the best price possible. The good thing is we have freedom of choice.
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About saporitorealtor

I am a Realtor working in south Louisiana to help my clients with their real estate investments. Whether it's buying, selling or building a portfolio of investment properties, I will advise you every step of the way. Coldwell Banker One 5025 Bluebonnet Blvd. Baton Rouge, LA 70809 225-925-2500 or 225-335-5970 ssaporito@coldwellbankerone.com www.scottsaporito.com
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One Response to Should agents get compensated for their inventory that drives income for subcscription based models such as trulia, realtor.com, and zillow?

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