The online real estate marketplace Zillow has just launched a new feature called “Zillow Offers,” formerly known as Zillow Instant Offers, aimed at helping seemingly impatient sellers quickly offload their homes. Zillow Offers is a faster way to sell a property and it comes with a free comparative market analysis (CMA) from a local real estate agent. Here’s how it works:

  1. You answer some simple questions about your property.
  2. You let Zillow offers know if major changes have been made that aren’t in the public record.
  3. Zillow sends you an offer within two business days.
  4. You have three days to accept Zillow Offers’ offer.
  5. Zillow will order an in-person inspection which may alter the offer. You can deny their new offer even if you accepted the first offer.

This is gaining traction, so our home flipping clients should know that this exists. A smart home flipper will surely find a way to make Zillow Offers work for them.

Right now, Zillow Offers (formerly Zillow Instant Offers) is only available to our clients in select zip codes within the following metro areas:

  • Atlanta
  • Charlotte
  • Raleigh

Previously, with other services, when you want to sell a home fast, you could end up having to sell at a steep discount. Zillow Offers seems to only shave about one to two percent off the typical selling price of a home, according to The New York Times.

“Zillow essentially acknowledges that it doesn’t expect to make much money per home on its instant-offers program. Instead, it sees selling homes as a way to generate business for its mortgage-lending arm, which it developed after acquiring Mortgage Lenders of America last year, and for other services. It is the rough equivalent of the car dealership that sells cars at a loss but makes money by offering financing.”

In the future, Zillow hopes to have a home’s Zestimate become a liver offer for every property in the county. That will take work, but Zillow reps believe that’s where the company is headed.

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