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Seattle not amused by green-pigs stunt by real-estate company

Mike Rosenberg | Seattle Times

An out-of-town real-estate company hoped to make a big splash ahead of its launch in Seattle on Wednesday [Feb. 14], so it put cutouts of little green pigs all over the region. The plan was to create buzz and online searches that would lead people to discover the firm.

…Most brokerages charge a 3 percent commission to each homebuyer and seller, generally taken from the sale price. TRELORA charges a flat fee instead. It officially launched in the Seattle metro area on Wednesday, after expanding from the Colorado market, and will be charging a flat fee of $2,500 for access to its real-estate team.

Traditional brokerages like Windermere and John L. Scott still dominate the home-selling market. Even the largest of the companies trying to change that model — Seattle-based Redfin, which charges lower commissions — has had limited success, selling 0.6 percent of all U.S. homes.

Read the entire story: Seattle not amused by green-pigs stunt by real-estate company _ The Seattle Times

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