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Franchising in Residential Brokerage

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  • John D. Benjamin

    () (Kogod School of Business, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20016)

  • Peter Chinloy

    () (Kogod School of Business, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20016)

  • Donald Jud

    () (Bryan School of Business and Economics, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC 27412-5001)

  • Daniel T. Winkler

    () (Bryan School of Business and Economics, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC 27412-5001)

Abstract

This paper explores the profitability of real estate franchises. The database for the study consists of observations from the National Association of Realtors©' 2001 survey of real estate brokerage firms. Franchises are found to generate additional revenue for franchisees. However, net margins defined as the difference between revenues received and expenses paid (including franchise royalties) are lower for firms with franchises. The findings indicate that franchisors appear to extract the excess rents from the franchisee.

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  • John D. Benjamin & Peter Chinloy & Donald Jud & Daniel T. Winkler, 2006. "Franchising in Residential Brokerage," Journal of Real Estate Research, American Real Estate Society, vol. 28(1), pages 61-70.
  • Handle: RePEc:jre:issued:v:28:n:1:2006:p:61-70
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    1. Jonathan Wiley & Justin Benefield & Marcus Allen, 2014. "Cyclical Determinants of Brokerage Commission Rates," The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Springer, vol. 48(1), pages 196-219, January.

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    • L85 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Real Estate Services

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