A Web site encouraging people to sell their houses without hiring a realtor will be allowed to continue listing properties in New Hampshire.
Skynet Corporation, the parent company of ZeroBrokerFees.com, sued the state in federal court, claiming its First Amendment rights were violated by New Hampshire’s law that required any company that collected fees and advertised property to seek a broker’s license. An exception is made for newspapers and other media outlets.
U.S. District Magistrate Judge James Muirhead ruled in favor of the site on March 31, deciding that it was included in the exception to the law. The Concord Monitor reported that Muirhead did not address the Web site’s constitutional claim.
ZeroBrokerFees.com lists properties in New Hampshire and across the country for a fee to the homeowner. Photos and specifications are also listed, and, in some cases, browsers can take a virtual tour online. The site also provides a 10-step guide to buying a house, including links to mortgage and insurance services, loan calculators and regional crime statistics.