While not quite on par with getting married, being fired, or coping with the death of a loved, selling a home is still a stressful experience. Luckily, a new service aims to alleviate some of the pain felt by home sellers in the San Antonio area.
The new service, called Zillow Offers — part of the eponymous real estate conglomerate — enables a home seller in San Antonio to request a no-obligation cash offer from Zillow to buy their home. Through this new platform, the company directly buys a house once the seller accepts the offer, prepares it for showings, and then lists it for sale.
In short, Zillow Offers is jumping into the home-flipping business.
“It’s clear people want a simpler, easier, and less stressful way to buy and sell homes. To meet the needs of today’s on-demand consumers, Zillow is rewiring real estate to create a seamless and integrated transaction experience,” Jeremy Wacksman, president of the Zillow brand, says in a release.
Agents from local real estate brokerages represent Zillow in these deals. Zillow pays a commission to local agents when it buys and sells each home.
Aside from San Antonio, Zillow recently rolled out Zillow Offers in Austin; Los Angeles; Sacramento; San Diego; and Tampa, Florida. Zillow Offers already was available in Dallas; Houston; Atlanta; Phoenix; Las Vegas; Denver; Riverside, California; and Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina.
Wacksman says more than 100,000 sellers have requested a Zillow Offer since the service was launched in 2018.
Zillow purchased 898 homes and sold 414 in the first three months of 2019, according to Forbes.com. Within three to five years, Zillow aims to buy 5,000 homes a month — an opportunity it says represents $20 billion in revenue, The Real Deal reports.
Forbes.com also reports that Zillow Offers “has been met with skepticism by Wall Street and housing economists, but the Seattle-based company clearly sees the model as its path forward.”