Brokers get into cut-rate real estate commissions

Discount, fee-for-service franchises grow nationwide

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Once mere achy thorns in traditional realty brokers’ sides, discount and sell-your-own-home real estate companies have grown into sizable competitors. Some of these real estate franchises even doubled in size last year.

Help-U-Sell Real Estate added 230 franchises in 2003 for a total of 500 in its network. Assist-2-Sell beefed up its network by more than 100 franchises last year.