Time to create nationwide Rebate Map?

Even though Inman News published these excerpts from letters to the editor as an “Opinion,” those arguing that ‘Discount brokerages cost consumers money‘ could have strengthen their case by substantiating them with research or credible third parties. Without denying the validity of individual experiences and perspectives, here’s what the Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice’s says about the benefits of using discount real estate brokerages, both buyer and seller oriented business models, on the section of their web site dedicated to Competition in Real Estate:

Discount Brokers Can Make Selling a Home Less Costly
Consumers Can Save Thousands of Dollars in Commissions

Rebates Make Buying a Home Less Expensive
Rebate calculator

Here’s a map of client savings totaling over $1 million during one recent 12 month period.  Any fellow fee-for-service consultants, rebate providers, discount listing services, and FSBO sites want to collaborate on a nationwide map of consumer savings? Mapping rebates alone could create a nationwide epidemic of “rebate envy.”

Can’t substantiate that with research — yet. It’s just my opinion.

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