Reader Question: Can I Negotiate a Commission Discount?

Full disclosure: The Tim was employed by Redfin (is just a shareholder as of October 2013) and WaLaw Realty and Quill Realty are Seattle Bubble advertisers. A reader wrote in with the following question about real estate agent commissions: In the near future my wife and I are going to need to sell our respective […]

Local Real Estate Search iPhone App Smackdown

This is a guest post from Kevin Lisota of Findwell Real Estate. The Bay Area may still have more tech companies than Seattle, but we definitely seem to be leading the way in real estate tech, with four local companies now offering iPhone apps for real estate search. Unfortunately I don’t have an iPhone, so […]

Local Real Estate Search Consolidates and Expands

Couple of interesting developments in local real estate search this week. First up, local discount brokerage Findwell (a Seattle Bubble advertiser) announced today that they are partnering with Estately to provide a more user-friendly search experience. Sounds like it should be a good match for both parties. A good search tool was the one (big) […]

NWMLS: Mark Any Accepted Offer on a Short Sale as “Pending”

Kevin Lisota of Findwell sent me a heads up about a rule clarification sent out today by the NWMLS to all their members: Short Sales: Status Change Required after Mutual Acceptance Rule 120 (b) requires the listing office to timely report the mutual acceptance of a purchase and sale agreement for a short sale as […]

Local Discount Real Estate Service Showdown

As the housing market has slowed dramatically from the heady boom years of 2005 and 2006, the number of discount real estate brokers has been on the rise. While Redfin made a big splash in 2004, and continues to be the discount market leader, as the market tumbles other competitors continue to crop up. As […]