Seldom has a subset of the population charged as much or added as little value as the US realtor (translation: real estate broker or shill). A ‘profession’ which charges 5-6% of the selling price for showing you where the bathroom is. It is some testimony to the power of this corrupt lobby that it has survived in a world of internet databases.
Here’s an example of what is known in California as a ‘fixer with an ocean view’ – likely $1mm:
Spotted on Highway one (yes, with an ocean view!) the other day.