I think many web based business models are hoping just that! And I firmly belive they still think so and are doing everything in their power to "hack" our inefficient transaction and put themselves in our place. If we are complacent it could happen but the right model has yet to emerge. I flew 4 times in the past month and booked all flights myself. How many houses did the average consumer buy for his or her's own account last month, last year or in the past 5 years? Many will say 1, maybe 2. Guess what? There is no ONE button the consumer can click to accomplish and see to completion the thousands of thousands of steps it takes to pre-pare a home, find the stager, hire the conractors, get advice on this from someone who KNOWS the LOCAL market, package it properly, use relevant data in determing a price, enter it into a system s/he pays big dues to belong to, market the property in all the right spots, through a concise, invidually and property centric marketing plan, smoosh with hundreds of agents while all the time trumpeting the benefits of the subject property, find a buyer or cause one to be found, negotiate the contract while UNDERSTANDING the contract, dealing with all the loan requirements, an indifferent appraiser, overzealous home inspector, escrow officers, closing attorneys, see to it that all deposits are verified, no other houses need to be sold, all money is available for closing and then get ready to get all parties into escrow for closing. And up to this step get NOTHING IN RETURN!!! It's called a "contingent fee"!! How in the heck did I get this job!! A friend of mine who owns a very successful travel agency now does guided trips to the great wine growing regions of the world. He makes ALL arrangements but offers an experience not unlike our hard working Realtors as he overseas all steps to the client's adventure in a strange land. He knows the small intimate winery AND the winemaker's name a cat's name! Where to find the pest parma ham, that small dining experience at a lovely 2 star restaurant within the vines where the chef cooks soley for you! The best boutique hotels and what and where to avoid. This is how we've supplanted the travel agent analogy and always will.