Editorial: 'Junk' fees bad for consumers

Brokers' extra charges upset agents, too

The Inman News three-part series, "Broker fees divide Industry," written by staff writer Matt Carter, generated mounds of feedback, demonstrating that the industry is indeed divided on the issue of brokers charging a "transaction fee" — which sometimes goes by other names — that can add several hundred dollars to the percentage-based commission that consumers typically pay for real estate services.

We know the real estate industry — as are most industries in this ailing economy — are hurting, but consumers are hurting, too. Let’s not sully the industry’s reputation by sneaking in extra fees.