There are at least 50 shades of grey for agent services when it comes to whether an association or the broker be the source of offering services to real estate professionals . The lines are blurred as to whom should be responsible for offering the service, whether it crosses over into competition amongst each other, or each should have its share in delivering the value.
What should the REALTOR association primarily be responsible for delivering?
What should the real estate brokerage primarily be responsible for delivering?
What is acceptable for both to deliver for agent services?
Differentiated high value services will continue in the future while high competition low value services will continue to drive the price down thus make it nearly impossible to offer at a break even cost structure.
A must read on this topic is Michael Porter’s book Competitive Strategy: Techniques for Analyzing Industries and Competitors.