With Tampa Bay homes in high demand, should you pay less to sell a house?

 With Tampa Bay homes in high demand, should you pay less to sell a house?

In today’s blink-and-you-miss-it real estate market, Realtors are sometimes selling properties before they have time to put the for-sale sign in the yard.

With a market that so heavily favors sellers, it can be easy to understand why homeowners might consider listing their house with a lower-cost brokerage, especially in a high-demand market such as Tampa Bay.

The real estate industry is also taking notice. A new firm announced its expansion to the Tampa Bay area — a company called Houwzer, which has set up shop in Tampa with the aim to further disrupt the way homes are bought and sold in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Polk and Manatee counties.

Houwzer charges a flat $5,000 fee for selling a house (plus the typical 2.5 percent for the buyer’s agent), which the company says saves sellers an average of $15,000 in commission.

Like other, similar companies, Houwzer pays its agents as salaried employees, “which allows us to focus on the…

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