Your last line says, "If we all agree that the MLS is an important selling tool, what exactly are you arguing about?" Who is "We"?
I don't want to argue about anything. In fact, my first entry was ENTIRELY about THE VALUE OF THE MLS!! If you really bothered to read ALL of the entries prior to my first one, NOBODY ELSE SPOKE ABOUT THE INCREDIBLE VALUE OF THE MLS! You were probably the closest with your prior statement, "I really think listing on the MLS is mandatory in this competitive environment", but you did not explain why. WHY, Joan, WHY? I went on to explain why- I talked about the more local target marketing it provides, the business it gives agents for the investment of their MLS fees, etc. You simply said that Flat Fee Brokerage is the most popular in New Jersey. Well, it's not the most popular in Illinois and many other states. Therefore, I was making a new, important entry and I was providing reasons why. So, if you, as you say, all agree that the MLS is an important selling tool, then I was "among" the first to write just that in my first entry. Secondly, you agree with Dunes because you always agree with Dunes. That's ok, too... I just want to expose you for the tag team that you are. There may be others, too. I'm learning about this site. Trulia can be very constructive for buyers and agents and loan professionals and others sharing information. It can also be destructive if little schools of renegade writers like yourselves run around beating up others. You target their entries because they're new to this site and they did not "support" their entry and you collectively gang up on someone who gets defensive for some criticism received by your "team". If that continues, then Trulia will suffer, not me. I have NO fear of any remark you have, BEST REALTOR JOAN, because my Profile speaks for itself. I don't need 1,000 Trulia entries to know I provide great value. My income and my referrals do that for me, even in a slow market, and that's real life value. As for Dunes... I apologized to Dunes for my beligerence... I've learned! I will support my future statements from now on. With that said, I still stand by my conviction that the MLS is the best source for the sale of a RESIDENTIAL home in virtually any location. Whether a FSBO can post for a flat fee or not is inconsequential. The MLS tool is most likely part of the value package already offered by a real estate pro... that's what I've said and that's what I still say. Also, Kirk Dirksen, who gave the second entry on this thread, said, "Studies have shown that sellers put more money in their pocket by using a Realtor and paying the commissions than by going at it alone." So, I'm not the first to say it without providing a source. The first answer on this thread says, "the secret to hiring an agent is that you need to hire someone who provides value." The MLS is probably the largest part of what gives agents that value. Their MLS fees are probably the greatest source of operating revenue to support its very existence. With all of the said, I don't believe that selling "By Owner" makes the best sense BUT I LOVE America because people can always choose to sell "By Owner". Who knows, I may even choose to sell "By Owner" someday so I would like to preserve that right, too. So stop beating me up, Joan; like YOU said, you don't need to fight Dunes battles. So the question remains, "WHY DO YOU?"