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The Real Estate Brokerage: Commissioned Sales and Market Values


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    This paper develops a valuation model of the real estate brokerage firm. A brokerage has a positive market valuation, while having a negligible book value. Options theory is used to value the firm. The firm writes an option by taking a contingent claim on income generated, through the commission split. The firm holds other options, including the right to modify the commission split. A valuation model for the firm permits a hiring strategy to be developed. Brokers vary by characteristics such as experience. Whether it is better to hire an experienced licensee over a rookie depends on the expected future career with the firm, commissions generated, and the achievement of sales targets. The value of a superstar to the firm is determined, to permit incentive structures on the commission to be generated.

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    Article provided by American Real Estate Society in its journal Journal of Real Estate Research.

    Volume (Year): 3 (1988)
    Issue (Month): 2 ()
    Pages: 37-51

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    Handle: RePEc:jre:issued:v:3:n:2:1988:p:37-51

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    Postal: American Real Estate Society Clemson University School of Business & Behavioral Science Department of Finance 401 Sirrine Hall Clemson, SC 29634-1323
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    Postal: Diane Quarles American Real Estate Society Manager of Member Services Clemson University Box 341323 Clemson, SC 29634-1323

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    1. Ronn, Ehud I & Verma, Avinash K, 1986. " Pricing Risk-Adjusted Deposit Insurance: An Option-Based Model," Journal of Finance, American Finance Association, vol. 41(4), pages 871-95, September.
    2. James R. Frew & G. Donald Jud, 1986. "The Value of a Real Estate Franchise," Real Estate Economics, American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association, vol. 14(2), pages 374-383.
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    1. Michael A. Abelson & K. Michele Kacmar & Ellen F. Jackofsky, 1990. "Factors Influencing Real Estate Brokerage Sales Staff Performance," Journal of Real Estate Research, American Real Estate Society, vol. 5(2), pages 265-276.
    2. T.L. Tyler Yang & Joseph W. Trefzger & Lawrence F. Sherman, 1997. "A Microeconomic Study of Commercial Real Estate Brokerage Firms," Journal of Real Estate Research, American Real Estate Society, vol. 13(2), pages 177-194.
    3. John D. Benjamin & G. Donald Jud & G. Stacy Sirmans, 2000. "What Do We Know About Real Estate Brokerage?," Journal of Real Estate Research, American Real Estate Society, vol. 20(1), pages 5-30.
    4. John D. Benjamin & G. Donald Jud & G. Stacy Sirmans, 2000. "Real Estate Brokerage and the Hosting Market: An Annotated Bibliography," Journal of Real Estate Research, American Real Estate Society, vol. 20(1), pages 217-278.


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