Real estate agents who wish homebuyers and sellers would pay agents for individual tasks rather than for a bundle of services have slightly more cause for hope. SOLOpro — a marketplace that lets buyers and sellers pay flat fees for individual services from real estate agents and can offer up to a 3 percent rebate to buyers when a transaction closes — has raised another $1.6 million, including a “strategic investment” from a North Carolina media company that could potentially boost the startup’s exposure to consumers.
John Lalas, a young agent at Re/Max Insight’s Dover, New Hampshire, office is thoroughly enjoying settling in at his new company, learning from his boss Scott Patterson and top agents like Patti Kemen. When Kemen decides to retire, Lalas, a former pizzeria owner in his 20s, said he would be delighted to buy her book of business. And if Re/Max Insight franchise co-owner Jason Amiss has his way, buying a top selling agent’s book of business could be a possibility for Lalas and other rookie agents.
Lee says her job as a top-producing agent is “a whirlwind of fun and high energy. The opportunity to wake up every morning and have no idea what is in store. Will I get a call for a chance to list a house? Will I lose a property in a bidding war? What interesting new clients will I be working with?”