United® Real Estate Merges with Charles Rutenberg Realty - Fort Lauderdale

Business Wire | October 31, 2019

United® Real Estate Merges with Charles Rutenberg Realty - Fort Lauderdale
United® Real Estate, one of the fastest growing national real estate organizations, today announced its merger with Charles Rutenberg Realty (CRR) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. A pioneer in the alternative agent compensation model, CRR is uniquely aligned with United Real Estate’s existing goals and business practices. With approximately 1,000 agents serving Fort Lauderdale, Miami and South Florida, CRR will continue its current operations, building on years of success by giving its agents 100% commission. Its existing structure aligns with United Real Estate’s transaction fee model, allowing current CRR agents the freedom to continue their normal operations during and after the transition.

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I do think that the author of this graph is a little bit biased toward the Real Estate Agent, however it does a great job of helping us understand why the commission structure is what it is.The illusion that the Listing Agent simply puts a sign in the front yard and makes a couple fliers just is not accurate.

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I do think that the author of this graph is a little bit biased toward the Real Estate Agent, however it does a great job of helping us understand why the commission structure is what it is.The illusion that the Listing Agent simply puts a sign in the front yard and makes a couple fliers just is not accurate.