Individuals considering a franchise opportunity should include franchise resale performance as part of the due diligence process. Having an exit strategy is a critical component of any new business start-up.
This article in the Wall Street Journal by Sarah E. Needleman reveals that the sale of small businesses continued to increase for the 2nd year in a row. Unfortunately, I haven't seen any data pertaining to the sale of franchises.
In a nice surprise, the Wall Street Journal gives a meaty mention of BlueMauMau.org as reporter Laura Lorber lists three top online franchise resources. OpenFran and the American Franchisee Association are mentioned too.