The Home Front, U.S. News & World Report‘s housing market blog, has a feature called Housing Rumble. It matches up opposing sides of an issue in an online debate and lets readers vote on the winner.

This Rumble asked: Do you need a real estate agent to sell your home?

It featured Jay Thomson, a blogger and real estate broker in Phoenix, and Greg Healy, vice president of operations at, a Web-based company that markets the homes of independent sellers.

Here are links to all the posts:

Day 1 (Thompson)
Day 2 (Healy)
Day 3 (Thompson)
Day 4 (Healy)
Day 5 (Thompson)
Day 6 (Healy)

The readers voted Greg Healy the winner, with 66% of the vote.