Meaningful or Misleading?

Real Estate Agent with Kelly Right Real Estate

Does This Graphic Convey Meaningful Information? Or Is It Misleading?

I ran across this graphic in the December 2015 KCM newsletter.  Graphic is used by permission.  The information was initially published in the National Association of Realtors Economists' Outlook Blog.


I have seen similar info for years.  It is surprising how often it is referenced. While the "facts" may be true at a macroeconomic level, does an agent/broker REALLY believe it is true in working with an individual seller, the microeconomic situation?

Isn't this is an example of a logical fallacy --> correlation does not mean causation?  More specifically, two "events" occurring together does not mean cause and effect

The NAR Economist Outlook Blog pointed out that FSBO's median income was less than 80% (79.5%) of broker/agent assisted median income (see paragraph 4).   

Perhaps FSBO homes are lower in value because they have lower median incomes. An interesting fact - the FSBO median sales price is more than 84% (84.3%) of the agent/broker assisted sales price.   Would this fact lead someone to conclude that FSBO sales are marginally more effective than agent/broker sales based on median incomes?

"Statistics" are often used inappropriately.  I believe the NAR is using statistics inappropriately, or more strongly stated, publishing misleading marketing.

Have you used this "data"?  Your thoughts? 


Posted by


Buying or Selling? I can help you. Call me at 509-540-1309.
My website has more information on Real Estate in Hood River County and Wasco County. You can search for property as well as get more information on services I provide.  I offer Flat Fee Listings, Hourly Fee For Services, Real Estate Consulting and traditional commission real estate options.  In short, I provide custom services to meet your specific real estate needs.Kelly Right Real Estate




Comments (2)

William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I hve not used this data...Real Estate is much more local than most studies and comparisions show

Dec 11, 2015 08:59 AM
Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

Could it be that people who have higher income or higher equity recognize that their time is more valuable than the money they pay to professionals to do the work for them and to keep them out of trouble.

Sep 12, 2017 05:41 PM

What's the reason you're reporting this blog entry?

Are you sure you want to report this blog entry as spam?