@Charred - What is a broker, really? It seems that a lot of recent trends have turned the definition over on its head.
The associate broker is one such example (that’s the first I’ve heard of it). Another idea is that of the discount broker. This is something that I’m quite familiar with, because it was a discount broker that sold our house.
I had been warned about going with them; friends told me that the discount broker wouldn’t market my property aggressively, or wouldn’t list it with MLS, etc.
None of it was true. I paid a flat $3,000, avoided the typical 6% commission, and saved a bundle of money. My house sold within three weeks. The fact is, all brokers, traditional, associate or discount, have access to the same database of information. It’s just a matter of how hard they’re willing to work for you.