Opinion: The pros and cons of getting paid a la carte

Years ago, I was approached to join Redfin as a partner agent. After an exhaustive four- or five-month vetting process, I had to go and meet with someone in the city.

I learned that they only chose certain agents — agents who believed in only serving their clients well — and I was impressed. They turned down so many top agents as they felt they were not best serving their clients. I joined for a specific reason though.

I was always too shy to ask for written testimonials after a transaction. Redfin insisted on obtaining all of our clients emails after a deal to both write and request a testimonial — good or bad. Then it was then posted next to our profile.

Even though my clients were not referred from Redfin, for the most part, their info was required. No problem.

After a wh…