It’s not exactly true that “there’s no free lunch”; if you’re a Realtor, you could almost always count on at least a few homes on the Tuesday Broker tour having some sort of spread.

Well, not today, and very little lately, generally — not even at upper bracket properties where putting out a lunch is most common.

The explanation?

I’d guess mostly the economy: listings are taking longer to sell, which means Realtor marketing budgets have to stretch further.

But it’s also the case that there’s not much connection between catering a broker open and selling the house (at least in my experience).

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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