Houston iBuyer Reviews: Complete Guide To iBuying In Houston

GET AN OFFER ON YOUR HOME WITH A PRESS OF A BUTTON?
REAL OR TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE?

Instant Buyer (Opendoor, Zillow Instant Offers, Perch, Knock) Reviews & What To Know In Advance

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get ibuyer offersYou may have been driving around and noticed signs (maybe stapled to telephone poles) promising to “buy houses fast!” or “pay cash for houses” or “buy your ugly home.”

Obviously, some of these signs are a bit sketchy, but they speak to a large and legitimate need – some people want or need to sell their homes fast, and may be willing to offer financial discounts to do so.

are ibuyers in houston goodEnter the rise of the Instant Buyer (iBuyer) and lots of money from New York hedge funds and foreign investors.

You may have seen the TV or Facebook ads, “Get an offer on your home in 24 hours. Guaranteed.” or “Sell your home now. Fast closing for cash.”

Some of the most prolific advertisers include OpenDoor, Zillow Instants Offers, Keller Offers, RedFin Now, OfferPad, Knock and Perch. There are over 100 big players in total.

Have you wondered if these are legitimate or too good to be true?

We’ve created this Houston iBuyer Review guide to help you learn:

The Houston Properties Team partners with over 100 pre-approved iBuyers (instant home buyers) to connect you with competitive cash offers in their market. Just fill out some information about your home and location and we’ll present you with the best price ranges available from a Simple Sale buyer.

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What are iBuyers and what do they look for?

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If you type “iBuyers” in Google, you’ll get about 150,000 results. Searching for “iBuyers reviews” yields about 45,000 results.

There’s a lot of fear and uncertainty circulating the industry. It’s partly the reason why almost a third of “iBuyer-related” searches are reviews about the product.

iBuyers theoretically make cash offers on your home within a few days.

This is attractive for sellers looking to make a fast close and avoid stagings, showings, and more. However, it comes with a handful of tradeoffs.

If it sounds great in theory, why is there a lot of confusion about iBuying? Primarily because:

  • There are over 100 companies fighting over the iBuying space.
  • Majority of iBuyers are backed by hedge funds and virtual capitalists who don’t have a lot of background in real estate, as a company (Opendoor, for instance, has recently raised $2B from investors, mostly New York hedge funds and foreign companies).
  • Decision-makers behind the industry are driven by its revenue per transaction potential. iBuyers can make over $30k per sale from homeowners looking for an easy sell, a lot higher than what traditional agents earn.
  • The business model thrives on “fast transactions”. To generate profit, iBuyers need to purchase homes at a discount and relist them at a higher price. Volume is key, so iBuyers need to move quickly, buying and selling homes in as little time as possible.
  • Shortcuts are sometimes taken to facilitate faster transactions. Most iBuyers will bypass house inspections, valuing your home using a proprietary valuation model.
  • Most of the process is automated. According to Offerpad, only 10% of home valuations are actually done by people while the rest are handled by machines.
  • There is no single-person that represents the seller. All decisions are made by the homeowner alone.
“Paige and The Houston Properties Team is simply amazing! Paige is a customer service driven agent that doesn’t let any small details slip past her. She is meticulous with her offers, inspections, and knows how to effectively negotiate the right price for her buyers and sellers”

Is The iBuying Process Complicated?

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To get started, a seller needs to fill up an online form with around 10 to 15 questions – for EACH iBuyer platform.

The form collects details about the size of your space, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, any major improvements, special features, and mechanical and structural issues.

Some platforms require photos, others will crunch figures solely based on what the seller is able to manually input.

The iBuyers then calculate your home features alongside comparable properties, tax rates, and other factors. These are crucial details crunched by computers to calculate your offer, all without having seen your house or its upgrades.

Within minutes or a few days, you get an instant offer via email. Should you accept, some iBuyers will send an agent to conduct inspections on your home, suggesting repairs that will further eat away at your initial offer.

If a seller wishes to compare offers from other iBuyers, he must go through the same process with more than a hundred other iBuyer platforms.

iBuyers differ in packages and not all of them will buy your home.  While some zone in on purchasing tear-downs, others select homes in good condition. Some will issue decent offers, while others are infamous for lowballing.

The end result is often disappointment: offers that are ridiculously below market value. Opendoor reviews and Zillow Instant Offer reviews are rife with disgruntled clients who feel like they were low-balled by iBuyers who missed crucial details about their properties.

Others common complaints include:

  • bait and switch methods
  • hidden charges
  • poor customer service
  • companies taking advantage of sellers who know very little about selling their homes.

(Read iBuyer reviews here)

What kind of clients & situations work best with iBuyers?

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Since the business model relies on volume, iBuyers typically turn away from homes that need a lot of work. Their systems are set up to focus on properties that can sell fast on the open market anyway (i.e. sellers with good homes that need money fast).

Most iBuyers have very specific criteria that help weed out bad investments.  These requirements vary from iBuyer to iBuyer, but here are a few criteria the typical iBuyer system will use to classify “not so good deals”.

  • Your home is too old or dated
  • Your home is too unique (“strange” homes, including those that are too artsy or rural, are difficult to appraise from the computer)
  • Your home is either too cheap or expensive
  • You live in a condo (a majority of iBuyers do not purchase condos)
  • You live in a gated community, master-planned community, or an exclusive subdivision (it is hard to factor “security” when the appraisal system is focused on the property)

iBuyers are attractive to customers who value the certainty of a sell over offer price. A lot of sellers who use iBuyers are:

  • NOT ACQUAINTED WITH REAL ESTATE: Some iBuyers do not require selling agents to represent sellers, leaving them vulnerable and lacking leverage. Without the guidance of an agent, sellers perform poorly in negotiations, taking whatever is on the table.
  • HAVE A SENSITIVE TIMELINE: For some sellers, a solid closing date is much more important than how much they get in return. Selling to Redfin Now, Opendoor, or one of about 40 iBuyers may allow the seller to pick a specific closing date (assuming there are no hiccups during the closing process).
  • VALUING CERTAINTY OVER OFFER PRICE: iBuyers target sellers who want to avoid buyer contingencies or financing falling through.
  • WANTING TO SKIP THE LEGWORK: Selling to an iBuyer allows you to bypass staging, repairs, and marketing.

It is highly recommended for sellers to seek representation when coordinating with an iBuyer. iBuyers are not realtors, hence, they are not bound by the fiduciary duty to get you the most money for your home.

If I’m a seller, which ones should I talk to & which are scams?

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We’ve handpicked reviews to highlight common issues customers experience with iBuyers to help you make an informed judgment.

A forewarning: Yelp was accused of hiding reviews for Opendoor and OfferPad, making it difficult for sellers to compare iBuying programs with traditional brokerages.

However, we’ve done our best to scour the web for iBuyer reviews, and we’ve collected quite a handful.

There are over 100 different iBuyers which have raised upwards of $10 billion in investment (mostly from hedge funds and international investors). The following firms have raised the most money so far:

In addition to these firms above, other spin-offs, joint ventures, investment groups, and family offices have started companies like the following:

  • Kensaq
  • Smarter
  • Pronto
  • Houston Home Buyer
  • Houston iBuyer
  • Houston Buy Homes For Cash
  • Texas Home Buyers
  • Gulf Coast Home Buyers

Many of these firms specialize in different types of home, age of homes and/or neighborhoods. Also, if you google things like “Offerpad reviews” or “Opendoor reviews” you’ll find that feedback is usually fairly similar.

How do I enter my home’s information to get the best initial price?

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You’ll be asked to answer around 10-15 questions about but not limited to:

  • Number of bedrooms and bathrooms
  • Flooding history
  • Major improvements
  • Type of flooring and countertop material
  • Special features such as garages, carports, pools, hot-tubs, fences, or basement, among others
  • Appliances that need repairs/replacements
  • Structural or mechanical issues

Some iBuyers require you to take photos of your home to aid in valuation.

This is a good opportunity to showcase special features or details you feel they were unable to cover in their initial rundown of questions.

If you’re planning to do it yourself versus hiring a professional (like we do), here are some tips:

iBuyers determine offer price based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to:

  • The time you want to sell
  • The sale price of similar homes
  • The condition of your  home

These factors are crunched by computers using proprietary home valuation and predictive market analysis technologies to give you an offer in a few minutes to a few days.

We have found a few anomalies in the market that sellers can take advantage of currently:

  • 90% of the valuation work is done by an algorithm
  • Most firms let you submit photos and details about your home
  • The typical home seller only enters less than 20 pieces of data
  • iBuyers have different technology and processes to value homes

There’s one important skill to get the most out of iBuying: You Need To Fill Up Forms Diligently.

You need to have all of the details, upgrades, and issues you’ve had on your home by memory, or have all the documentation that supports this on hand to avoid mistakes.

To get an offer, iBuyers need comprehensive information about your home. Before filling up valuation forms, it pays to know the nitty-gritty of your property so you can accurately describe its features.

  • Good camera and lighting are essential. Snap photos in the afternoon with curtains drawn for natural lighting.
  • Organize and de-clutter
  • Focus on capturing special features, updates, and remodeling including pools, garages, carports, recreational rooms, basement, appliances, countertops, and flooring with high-end material, detailed moldings, etc.

To get the best initial price, it is best to compare offers with other iBuyers.

Note that some iBuyers are more partial to your type of home than others (e.g. while some specialize in condos, others focus on single-family homes).

As Realtors, we list and market homes every day. We know what buyers are looking for and how to highlight your property in the most favorable light. Our photography, attention to detail, and descriptions allow us to secure competitive offers.

Submit your home to the Guaranteed Purchase Partners that have shown the highest willingness to pay for properties like yours. To easily compare offers vs. a traditional listing, click here.

How do I read the iBuyer fee structure?

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It depends on the iBuyer platform. However, here’s an interesting case that we encountered while doing the research for this guide:

An Atlanta agent requested offers for his newly renovated home with Knock, Opendoor, and OfferPad to compare offer prices. His property was appraised at $495,000 but offers ranged from $265,000 on the low end to $373,000 on the high end.

This is just the initial offer he received, but since he has limited options, he’s starting the negotiation at the position of weakness. To get the best price from iBuyers, you need to get more offers. The only way to get more offers is to try as many iBuyer platforms as possible.

Once you agree on an offer, a number of deductibles come into play.  iBuyers charge sellers transaction fees as high as 7% to 13%. This fee depends on a number of factors, including but not limited to how long it takes to sell your home to the risk of your home’s resale and holding costs.

Other fees involved include repairs, title insurance, escrow fees, HOA transfers fees, taxes, document transfers, and other customary fees.

It is highly advised for sellers to compare offers from other iBuyers if she intends to get the best ROI.

How do I negotiate with iBuyers upfront?

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Some sellers allow you to negotiate their initial offer, while others have more of a “take it or leave it” approach. Typically, iBuyers issue offers 2-3% lower than what you would get if you sold traditionally with an agent.

In Opendoor reviews, Redfin Now Reviews, and Offerpad reviews, you’ll come across instances where sellers are offered a price that’s way lower than this standard. To get a better offer on your home, you must:

  • Fill up your valuation forms diligently. Failing to detail critical house upgrades and improvements can significantly lower your initial offer.
  • Submit to iBuyers who have the highest willingness to purchase your home. There are more than 100 iBuyers to choose from. We can direct you to Guaranteed Purchasing Partners who can give you the highest offers.  Compare offers vs. a traditional listing right here.
  • Seek the help of an expert realtor. Some iBuyers allow renegotiations when the seller feels their property has been valued wrongly. We can help you coordinate with the iBuyer and make sure that offers factor in all house upgrades and improvements.

Common reviews: “Bait & switch.” How do I handle this?

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Opendoor reviews, Offerpad reviews, and RedFin Now reviews are rife with customers who claim to have fallen for their “bait and switch” methods.

After being issued your initial offer, the company subtracts a number of deductibles from this starting amount, including repairs, title insurance, escrow fees, HOA transfers fees, taxes, document transfers, and other customary fees.

The resulting amount, according to iBuyer reviews, is often disappointing. Here’s how to deal:

Assume a Competitive Stance

An iBuyer that knows he’s being shopped or traded for an open market is more likely to offer you solid prices for your property.

Hire a Realtor for Leverage

A lot of Opendoor reviews complain about unnecessary and overpriced repairs that eat away from their initial offer. Seeking the help of a realtor to coordinate with an iBuyer at this point grants him leverage and security.

Collect Multiple Offers

There are more than 100 iBuyers and not all of them employ bait and switch tactics. As experts in real estate, we can help you select the legitimate ones with the highest willingness to pay for your property. Compare cash offers vs. traditional listings here.

Common reviews: “Exaggerated & overpriced repairs.”
How do I handle this?

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Complaints about overpriced and unnecessary repairs are all too common in Opendoor Reviews, Offerpad reviews, and RedFin Now reviews.

All of these repairs are deducted from the seller’s initial offer if the seller doesn’t volunteer to do them herself.

Sellers who are not certain if they’re being issued fair repair requests will benefit from an expert realtor who can ascertain that repairs suggested are well-grounded and fairly priced.

We can guide you through the entire iBuying process while showing you all of the offers available in the market vs. a traditional listing.

Let the Houston Properties Team manage the process for you

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“When iBuyers compete, you win.” We can help get you 4-5 offers so you can select the best one. If you don’t like any of the offers, we can still help you list in the open market.

As Realtors, our job (and our fiduciary duty) is to help you get the most money for your home. We can assist you in the iBuying process in three ways:

Finding the Right Buyer for Your Home

Currently, we are aware of over 27 different iBuyer platforms (firms like OpenDoor and Zillow are investing the most in marketing, but many others are similar). Some specialize in condos, others in single family homes. Some want to buy properties in the Inner Loop, while others look for properties in the suburbs.

We can submit your home to the Guaranteed Purchase Partners that have shown the highest willingness to pay for properties like yours.

Optimizing Your Submission

Valuation forms are around 10-15 questions long, with some iBuyers requiring you to snap photos of your property. To get the best offers, it pays to be precise with descriptions, taking into account house features that are likely to bump up the offer price.

Our flair for photography, attention to detail, and mastery of real estate language will allow us to present your home in the best possible light.

Providing Leverage

The largest complaints against iBuyers come after sellers are under contract with them “close to closing”. This is when iBuyers try and re-negotiate the price based on repairs and other closing costs. When we submit your information, these iBuyers will know that you have other options and their “take it or leave it” style won’t be effective.

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Houston Guide: Common iBuyer Reviews

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Opendoor iBuyer Reviews

Googling “Opendoor Reviews” will lead you to an array of common issues sellers often encounter with the company. Here are some of the most common complaints:

  • Some sellers reportedly receive impressive initial offers, only to have the agreed upon price retraded once they go under contract due to requested home improvements.
  • Others report to have  “exaggerated and overpriced” repairs that eat away from their initial offer.
  • Sellers must pay for all repairs discovered during inspections. In a traditional sale, repairs that are not warranted are negotiable

“Avoid this company. Their MO is give a reasonable offer and after the contract process starts they have a 10 day option period where they send out a bunch of inspectors and at the very last minute of the 10th day they will tell you they have to revise their offer due to needed repairs and then drop the price a ridiculous amount! Something so low that you never would’ve considered. It’s the old bait and switch and they play it perfectly. Then ask the for an itemized list of needed repairs and it will be conveniently unavailable. Meanwhile you’ve lost 10 days of your house being on the market. Do yourself a favor a list your home with a reputable realtor and stay away from these scammers.” Troy, Reviews.io

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“Please look into Opendoor before you consider their offers. Their initial offer is deceptive and their exclusive contract charges excessive fees back to the seller. Read the reviews online and do some research, they are misleading and taking advantage of people’s ignorance of real estate.” – Bryan Carlson, Facebook

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Every repair they identified was exaggerated and overpriced. The repairs we made on our own were typically 1/3 of what they said it would cost. We were asked to hold money in escrow in case of damage during a pier repair. They would not respond to emails or requests for the money, then miraculously produced an invoice in exactly the amount held in escrow. DO NOT DO BUSINESS WITH THIS COMPANY!!!” – Anonymous, Reviews.io

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“This is a business with a strategy to send mass low ball offers hoping to find that desperate person. If your not a desperate person, hire a realtor and sell your home for 35-60% more than their joke offer.” – John, Reviews.io

Offerpad iBuyer Reviews

Similar to Opendoor reviews, Offerpad reviews reveal common customer issues that include:

  • Bait and switching
  • Overpriced repairs that were not conducted
  • A knack of backing out, mid-deal

“Sellers beware! From a colleague: I was trying to work with a client regarding selling their house, they keep canceling our appointments and ended up selling to Offerpad/Zillow. They sent me the Offerpad offer, I was shocked! They lost some much money, let me break this down. Offerpad offered $405,000.00 to buy their house. Then they charged the seller, $30,375.00 for a Buyer Service fee(not sure what that is), $8100.00 in closing cost, which left their net proceeds $366,525.00. Their house was in incredible shape and highly upgraded in every room. Offerpad then put it right back on the market for $465,000.00, it sold for $459,000.00 in 11 days. That is a 9.5% commission/closing cost to the seller to pay Offerpad and a huge profit of $92,475.00 for Offerpad in less then 30 days! This is crazy!!!!!!! I could have gotten the house sold in a very quick time, saved them 3.0% of the commission/closing cost and that extra $92,475.00 would have went to my seller.” – Ellen Burton, Facebook.com.

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“We sold our house to this company. In the contract they stated that they needed $9,000.00 to replace the air conditioner, paint exterior house, paint over chalkboard paint on cabinet, fix interior walls, fix exterior stucco, replace missing doors, and other items. They would not budge on anything even though we fixed some of the stuff and some of these things were not needed as repairs. They sold the house and did not do anything that was in our contract. They also told us that we had to leave our refrigerator because they couldn’t sell without it. They sold it minus the refrigerator. We have photographic evidence and our former neighbor that said he would testify as to what they did to our house which was nothing!!!! We felt bullied into taking the loss of money. They were not the nicest. If we tried to dispute they would give us the run around till we caved. We have tried to contact them and they refuse to answer. We have heard multiple people state they had the same issue…” – bbb.org

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“Offerpad backed out of the deal “due to market conditions” after taking a full 10 business days after the home inspection where nothing was noted wrong with house.  Beware! They will offer you a market rate, but will just waste your time. Oh, then call you back and offer $20K less to add to the experience! Not worth your time.” – Ron Faulkner, Google Reviews

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“Enormously unprofessional and quite simply dishonest.  I was made an offer on my property subject to procuring a building permit for past work. After spending $2,300 for architectural drawings and a permit, they decided to not complete the transaction. they also never provided a copy of their inspection report or that they deposited earnest money. I did everything they asked of me, and they reneged. Complete dishonest and did not live up to their agreement.” – Mark Nicotera, Google Reviews

Redfin iBuyer Reviews

“The algorithm that Redfin is using to determine estimated home value has a glitch in it’s calculation of the system that allows owners to evaluate the price of their home. I’m assuming this is an isolated incident relative to the area of my home, or even possibly a glitch with my home only. I have reached out to customer service multiple times to notify them that all details of my home are correct, that I have used the estimator and it is wrong, there are sales within 10 blocks that are 100k over the estimate they have assigned, and are similar homes. I think my estimate is $70k too low at his time, and I have adjusted it for the current lull in the market by 10k. This negatively impacts my ability to sell my home, and I cannot afford to have this site saying my home is worth 70k less. I am not an owner over-valuing my house. this home sold for 50k more than their redfin estimate less than 2 years ago in a market that has grown considerably, and I have tons of supportive data to show recent COMPARABLE home sales. Once I go into their estimator (which they will try to use this as defense – but it is not functioning properly) the estimator changes actual sales prices of VERY comparable homes within blocks of mine, and ‘automatically’ knocks down the price of the recent sale by 100k. This is not functioning properly. I understand that this could be a very tiny isolated glitch, but it heavily affects my life, my family and my finances and I will not stop reaching out until someone corrects it.” – bbb.com

Zillow Instant Offer iBuyer Reviews

“‼️I want to go over the Zillow instant offer and the rest of the Internet buyer market such as opendoor, offerpad and knock‼️

Now I am saying this as a Zillow five star rated agent and an advocate of the browsing platform that Zillow has to offer buyers. That being said, I received my instant offer from Zillow and there are over 11% in real estate fees being charged to the seller. They also offered $15,000 below market value. In total it was a net loss of about $60,000 if I chose to accept the Zillow offer. My advice to sellers is to consult with your realtor, identify the avg days on market for your area, generate a comparative market analysis for your property and and an estimated settlement statement to identify how much money will be in your pocket at close! Do not let an iBuyer take advantage of your current circumstance.” – Nathan Leidigh, Facebook.com

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“I’ll be blunt. Zillow doesn’t care about home buyers’ and sellers’ best interests like agents do because they are not fiduciaries. They simply want to capitalize on consumer desire for instant gratification in buying or selling their largest, most valuable asset. They care far more about their stock price than you getting a fair deal. Don’t fall for it.” – Miguel Duque, Facebook.com

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“For years, homebuyers and sellers have been lured by the Zestimate, Zillow’s estimation of a property’s value. What real estate pros know is that Zestimates aren’t accurate.

Zillow’s Zestimate is “calculated from public and user-submitted data, taking into account special features, location, and market conditions” and is what Zillow calls “a starting point.” And according to Stan Humphries, creator of the Zestimate home valuation and Zillow Group chief analytics officer, the error rate is about 5 percent nationwide.

Zillow, in an indirect affirmation of the problem, has launched a competition to create a better valuation model. So, for now, skip the Zestimate.

With any valuation model, you should find out what factors are part of the equation. At minimum, you want official filed records and recent sold prices of comparable homes in the neighborhood.

For the most accurate evaluation, nothing beats an in-home consultation by a local agent. Because the home is unique. There may be upgrades, layout features and other factors that can have a direct impact on a home’s market value.

Sellers need to know what their home is actually worth; the computer’s best guess is only a starting point for a proper valuation.” – Chris Rediger, 7 Reasons Instant Home Purchase Offers Aren’t Good for Sellers

“If a home does not need a lot of work and is “near market ready,” those are the homes that sell the fastest and for top dollar! Also, with ‘every sale’ you have the ability to control and negotiate the timing and closing dates. Once again, this business model from Zillow Offers to Offerpad and the like is built on the premise that you ‘can’t sell quickly’ in the traditional market and that you ‘might consider taking less on your home’ not to show it or deal with the ‘trouble’ of being inconvenienced. For me, to be able to walk away with an additional 10%-15% on my home personally at closing, ‘trouble me all you like!’” – Hank Bailey, Good News For Sellers: Zillow Is Buying Homes. Is it good news though?

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“When I received the inspection report and new offer, everything changed!  First they provided an offer which was based on the first inspection, not the second inspection.  I told them the problem and the realtor who gave me the offer ignored what I said. The Zillow representative stepped in and was professional and said they would stop and investigate the issue.  One day later they said they were firm on the price. They dropped the offer by $30k and ironically said the air conditioner didn’t work. They wanted $4000 to replace the outside unit. The reduced price did not match the cost of repairs.  However the inspector took pictures showing temperatures and showed that the AC worked, but later documented that it didn’t work. First we have to understand that I had the thermostat set for 88 degrees (the outside temperature was 110F). The output from the AC will only drop a percentage of the ambient temperature.  I think they were expecting an output of 50 degrees or so. I argued with them on the condition of the AC even though pictures showed it was clearly working, but they wouldn’t budge on their ruling.

So they thought I would go for it but I didn’t.  They thought I wanted to quickly unload the property but I didn’t.  

Original value:  $224,000

Zillow Cash Offer: $181,000” – Darrel D., Zillow Cash Offer – My Experience

Knock iBuyer Reviews

“This organization is very close to committing fraud. I’m surprised there hasn’t been a class action lawsuit by now. I wish someone had put this post here before I pulled the trigger and went with Knock.Com. Their “business model” ensures that you pay triple the costs of using a traditional broker. They say on their website, on social media, on the phone and in emails that they pay for the mortgage and utilities on the new place, while you pay the mortgage and utilities on your old place until it sells. And all they ask is the real estate commission on both sides of these transactions. Wow. What’s the catch? What’s the catch? What’s the catch? I asked that question 20 times before I signed on the dotted line. Then here it comes. First, I find a place I want. It’s time for earnest money. But I’m not the buyer, remember? Too bad. I’m on the hook for that and I haven’t even sold my home yet. Pay utilities at the new place while you pay at the old? Try you pay for BOTH at the same time. They are SURE they mentioned that to you…don’t you remember? Lastly, you pay closing costs as the seller, closing costs when they are the buyer and closing costs when you buy from them. Ain’t this fun? Here’s an article that you should read closely…because the representatives at Knock will NOT tell you these things until the ball is in motion:” Better Business Bureau, bbb.com.

Homie iBuyer Reviews

“This organization is very close to committing fraud. I’m surprised there hasn’t been a class action lawsuit by now. I wish someone had put this post here before I pulled the trigger and went with Knock.Com. Their “business model” ensures that you pay triple the costs of using a traditional broker. They say on their website, on social media, on the phone and in emails that they pay for the mortgage and utilities on the new place, while you pay the mortgage and utilities on your old place until it sells. And all they ask is the real estate commission on both sides of these transactions. Wow. What’s the catch? What’s the catch? What’s the catch? I asked that question 20 times before I signed on the dotted line. Then here it comes. First, I find a place I want. It’s time for earnest money. But I’m not the buyer, remember? Too bad. I’m on the hook for that and I haven’t even sold my home yet. Pay utilities at the new place while you pay at the old? Try you pay for BOTH at the same time. They are SURE they mentioned that to you…don’t you remember? Lastly, you pay closing costs as the seller, closing costs when they are the buyer and closing costs when you buy from them. Ain’t this fun? Here’s an article that you should read closely…because the representatives at Knock will NOT tell you these things until the ball is in motion:” Better Business Bureau, bbb.com.

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“Very difficult to work with if you are a buyer and not utilizing Homie yourself. Does not communicate with our agent, very difficult to get ahold of anyone to schedule showings, poor communication overall. They do not have the sellers best interest at heart and do not get to know their clients, you are just another number to them. They promote saving you money, but ask yourself the question, is something as big as buying or selling your home really something you want to bargain on? From what I can tell you get what you pay for, and the discount is far from worth the lack of service. We have now walked away from two homes represented by Homie despite loving the home, being pre-qualified, and offering a quick close, all because they were too difficult to work with. Get an agent that gets to know you and your needs, looks out for your best interests, and works hard to sell your home.” Ronald L., Yelp

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“Terrible service.  They are NOT able to communicate with potential buyers and sellers are losing customers because of it.  There is not customer service phone number for realtors to use to represent their clients. Homie does not have the seller’s best interest in mind.  Our realtor tried sending an addendum to the sellers after the inspection, to renegotiate, based on the problems. 2 days later . . . homie had NOT given that addendum to the sellers.  This company is TERRIBLE for buying or selling a home.” -Sarah D., Yelp

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“Shit. Just garbage. I would give 0 stars if I could. Extremely non-responsive, i’ve been waiting for 4 days just to get a damn offer in. The owner and I have agreed on a price and we are both just waiting on Homie.  I’m at the point of just forgetting about buying this house. Don’t use them. Absolute garbage.” – Keagan M., Yelp

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Why We’re Different

  • #1 Keller Williams Realtor in Houston
  • #1 Keller Williams Realtor in Texas
  • #5 Keller Williams Realtor in the U.S.
  • "One of Houston's Top 25 Realtors," Houston
    Business Journal
  • "One of America's Best Realtors," RealTrends.com / WSJ
  • Over $500 Million in Houston residential home sales
  • We know this market, and this property.
  • We're candid.
  • We'll tell you the "bad' and the "ugly" about any property we show you.
  • Most often, we talk our clients into NOT BUYING.
- Gretchen & Brad Richter- Gretchen & Brad Richter
“We relocated to Texas from out of state 3 years ago, and Paige’s intimate knowledge of Houston neighborhoods, valuations, trends, and pitfalls was simply unmatched. We would never have been able to find our perfect home without her. She was calm and focused when everything seemed most challenging — a true professional and advocate who has become a dear friend. We are grateful to have met her!

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- Peter McGillivray & Jillian Jopling- Peter McGillivray & Jillian Jopling
“Paige demonstrated all qualities you want in a realtor – knowledgeable, attentive, responsive, patient. She put us into our first dream home, and due to that experience, we’ve returned to her time and again for our other real estate needs. You will quickly realize after working with Paige that while she focuses on completing your deal, her endgame is to ensure her clients’ needs are preserved and satisfied.

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- Gail & Ian Mackey- Gail & Ian Mackey
“As first time buyers in the US, we are delighted to have worked with Paige. She is a delight to work with, and I would recommend anyone to enlist her help if you’re looking to either buy or sell a property.

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- Dr. Jen Shroff- Dr. Jen Shroff
“Paige is simply the best. She was patient with us throughout the process and took time to answer all of our questions! She knows so much about the housing market so we felt very confident that we were in great hands!

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- Travis LeConey- Travis LeConey
“Paige has helped my wife and I twice now. I couldn’t think of a better person to have in your corner when buying or selling! She guided us through the process, and made it seem so easy that selling/buying was fun! Paige is a great person, very responsive, and great at what she does. I recommend Paige to all my friends and co-workers. If you are buying or selling in the area Paige covers, give her a call. You won’t regret it!

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- Xavier Refunjol- Xavier Refunjol
“Paige is dedicated, thorough and caring to where you feel you’re their only client. Their best asset is their honesty, based on experience and data. We had a great time buying our first home largely because of them. We would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone.

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- Taylor Lamb- Taylor Lamb
“Paige was wonderful to work with. She was thorough, knowledgeable and patient. I would highly recommend Paige to anyone looking to buy or sell a home.”

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- Jeremy & Lynn Greene- Jeremy & Lynn Greene
“Paige Martin is the best Realtor. She is highly experienced and very knowledgeable. She made our buying experience an enjoyable one, not only for us, but for our daughter, son-in-law and several of our friends. We have bought and sold many houses, and Paige has been the best realtor we have ever worked with. We highly recommend her.

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- Dr. Forrest Roth, MD- Dr. Forrest Roth, MD
“Paige is the best of the best when it comes to real estate! She has bought & sold many properties for us & we couldn't recommend her more highly!

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- Tina Spiller, Chevron- Tina Spiller, Chevron
“I really enjoyed working with Paige on the sale of my townhome. The HAR listing was perfect and went up quickly and the sale was closed within 30 days. I definitely recommend Paige for any real estate transaction.

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What We Can Do For You

CANDID ADVICE

Our promise is to always give you the most candid advice on any property, to help you make the best decision for your family.

EXPERTISE

Having sold over $500M of Houston homes, we've seen the good, bad & ugly and can help you avoid problems.

GREAT DATA

We built a proprietary data analytics package to help give you the best information on any neighborhood, building or home.

NETWORK OF EXPERTS

Built over fifteen years, our network of experts can help you through each step of the process plus help making living in your new home more enjoyable.

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