Disrupting the residential real-estate-brokerage business: a Q&A

April 22, 2015 10:17 PM

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PHILADELPHIA �� Mike Maher, 32, is co-founder and chief executive of the Houwzer real estate brokerage. The startup wants to disrupt the residential real-estate-brokerage business by creating a more competitive marketplace for home buyers and sellers.

A: My partner Kevin Baird approached me in October 2013. He'd been developing townhomes here and was frustrated by big commission checks for real-estate agents when he was doing much of the work. We launched here partly because of the real-estate-transfer tax. When a developer does a (financial stat...

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