By Don Larson
Seeley Lake, Montana 

Realtor commissions raise housing costs and promote government growth


September 9, 2021

Realtor Kevin Wetherell has noted home prices in the Seeley area have jumped by an average price of $399,000. So much for affordable housing in Seeley Lake. 

What he does not mention, discuss or analyze is the impact realtors’ sales commissions have on housing prices. I would submit realtors’ commissions have a direct effect on the increased cost of housing AND the growth of local government.

Here’s how:

The realtors commission becomes part of the sales price of a home. That 4-6% increase in cost translates as a direct increase on any “comparable” house sales in the area...

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