Monthly Archives: September 2019

What’s most incredible about the iBuyers? That they will buy almost anything.

Zillow is partnering with new home builders to take away their worst objection: “What do we do about the trade-in?” Zillow will agree to buy your old home – up to eight months in advance – so you can commit to buying the new home. OpenDoor has a similar scheme – except they are willing […]

Read More

Why can’t iBuyers over-price? The house still has to appraise. The better question: Why can’t they close?

Welcome to Coldwater Springs, very much my world. I’ve represented a lot of sellers and buyers in there, and we manage nine rental homes in that community. I can price to the dollar almost anywhere, but nowhere so well as there. You’re looking at the active market in the community right now, but only six […]

Read More

If the iBuyers are bullshitting about ‘pricing algorithms,’ which of their other pronouncements can be trusted?

I wish reporters would take well-informed experts along on #iBuyer interviews to ask the follow-up questions. The claims reported everywhere are absurd, and none are backed by evidence that I have seen – where pricing-by-algorithm, at least, would seem to be a big fat lie.

Read More