Increased awareness of "non-traditional" business models, like that of Assist-2-Sell, North America's Leading Discount Real Estate Company™, has spawned a national debate about the differences between "traditional" real estate companies and "discount" real estate companies. People involved in the discussion try to characterize real estate companies as being either "traditional" or "discount." It would be more accurate to differentiate using three categories:
- Full-Service/High Commission – So-called "traditional" real estate companies
- Full-Service/Flat Fee – Assist-2-Sell is the experienced, professional answer
- Limited Service – Real estate companies that offer limited service. Fees are charged for the minimum services that are selected, usually, but not always, at a discounted commission with sub-standard or no service.
As a flat fee listing brokerage Assist-2-Sell is often inaccurately lumped in with the third category, "Limited Service." A key difference between Assist-2-Sell and others in the "flat fee" real estate space is the level of service. Assist-2-Sell discovered early on that while sellers love the discounted cost, they still need and want full-service. Assist-2-Sell franchise offices are full service real estate brokerages staffed by experienced, full time licensed real estate professionals who are members of the National Association of REALTORS®, as well as state and local REALTOR associations. They take care of everything home sellers need from a real estate company, but charge a lower commission. It's called Full Service with $avings!®, "Full Service for Less!"®, and Results with Savings!®.
The most obvious difference between Assist-2-Sell and "traditional" real estate companies lies in the commission structure. Traditional firms typically charge home sellers a high commission that is a percentage of the sale price. (Example: Six percent). Assist-2-Sell offices charge a low, flat fee commission. (Example: As low as $2,995!) They believe that Friends Don't Let Friends Pay 6%™.
With Assist-2-Sell, home sellers are also given a choice as to how their home is marketed.
This program adds the benefits of marketing to the thousands of MLS buyer agents, while still offering home sellers the opportunity to pay a lower total fee when the home buyer purchases directly through Assist-2-Sell. Under this program, a low Buyer's Agent commission is typically added to the flat fee. (Example: 2.5 to 3%) If a Buyer's Agent agent brings the buyer, they receive the co-op percentage—Assist-2-Sell receives only their low, flat fee. If the buyer comes directly to Assist-2-Sell Real Estate Professionals, the flat fee goes away, and not the percentage.
NOTE: Programs and fees vary by office, and specific fee structures should be confirmed by your local Assist-2-Sell Real Estate Professionals office.
Both programs are designed to offer home sellers choices and save them money. Regardless of which program a seller chooses, they still enjoy full-service.
Assist-2-Sell is a full service discount real estate company. Other companies that discount their commission usually do so by taking away services. If they charge less, they are going to do less.
Some "Limited Service/Discounted Commission" companies charge upfront non-refundable fees. Others are inexperienced, Internet-only based, and may only offer the property in the MLS and rely on the Buyer's Agent to handle the entire transaction. While these models do have some appeal, Assist-2-Sell has found they are not a solution for the majority of home sellers who want and need experienced, professional, full-service and don’t want to pay a high commission.
Many homeowners decide to sell their home without the assistance of a real estate broker. Most "For Sale by Owner" (FSBO) real estate companies simply help these homeowners advertise their house on the Internet. Assist-2-Sell is not a "For Sale by Owner" solution; it is a full-service real estate brokerage.
Assist-2-Sell understands some people decide to market, show, and find a buyer for their home by themselves, and can assist with its "Paperwork Only" program. Assist-2-Sell can help with the sales contract, disclosures, inspection resolutions, title insurance commitment, and the closing for a low, flat fee, our Seller Assist™ program.
Assist-2-Sell offices are FULL SERVICE brokerages that take care of EVERYTHING home sellers need from a real estate company.
In fact... about the only difference you'll find between Assist-2-Sell services and other brokerages... is that according to national research:
In today's complicated housing market... Assist-2-Sell keeps things simple... simple, but effective and with exceptional value.
Rather than a "one-size-fits-all" approach... Assist-2-Sell is a company of choices...
In addition to traditional MLS marketing at very low fees, Assist-2-Sell offers several innovative programs that can help home sellers in any kind of market.
Whether you're in a seller's market, a buyer market, a short sale market, or a foreclosure market, Assist-2-Sell's fully licensed and experienced team can get the job done... and save you money along the way...
We call it "Results with Savings!"™
So call today and put an experienced Assist-2-Sell real estate professional to work for you... and benefit from the difference.