Antitrust debate gives voice to real estate discounters

Federal agency actions draw attention to new models

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Ready Real Estate, a real estate company that offers discounts to sellers and rebates to buyers, is savoring the federal government’s scrutiny of possible anticompetitive and anti-consumer practices in the real estate industry.

Last month, the market director of Ready Real Estate in Albuquerque, N.M., launched a company announcement stating in large bold type, “Ready Real Estate Supports Justice Department’s Probe of National Association of Realtors.