Real Estate Brokers, Nonprice Competition and the Housing Market
Geoffrey K. Turnbull
Georgia State University - Department of Economics
REAL ESTATE ECONOMICS, Vol. 24 No. 3
Given a fixed commission rate and easy entry, economic profits must be competed away on some nonprice margin in the real estate brokerage market. This paper focuses on nonprice competition in the level or quality of services offered buyers and sellers in the market, examining the equilibrium adjustment process, comparative static predictions and efficiency implications. In contrast with earlier studies focusing on wasteful advertising, this paper demonstrates that higher commission rates can either increase or decrease deadweight loss, depending upon how broker services affect buyer and seller transaction costs.
JEL Classification: R31Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: May 14, 1998
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