Zillow Advice: Buying Process - Is a RedFin Agent or Discount Broker a Good Choice for the Savings? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-a-RedFin-Agent-or-Discount-Broker-a-Good-Choice-for-the-Savings/498429/ Zillow Advice | Zillow Real Estate hi, the answer is a big YES...click ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-a-RedFin-Agent-or-Discount-Broker-a-Good-Choice-for-the-Savings/498429/ hi, the answer is a big YES...click on my name above to see my profile and website link...good luck! Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:24:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-a-RedFin-Agent-or-Discount-Broker-a-Good-Choice-for-the-Savings/498429/ 2014-04-23T02:24:00Z Hi Luke, The seller is the ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-a-RedFin-Agent-or-Discount-Broker-a-Good-Choice-for-the-Savings/498429/ Hi Luke, <br/><br/>The seller is the party that pays the commissions: typically 2.5% to the listing agent and 2.5% to the selling (buying) agent. As a buyer, your costs would be for your lender, escrow company and for a home inspection typically.&nbsp; <br/><br/>Would a highly qualified successful Realtor become a Redfin agent? Probably not. <br/><br/>I have a close family member who works at Google and they are in escrow to buy a house. Their Realtor is EXCELLENT if you would like a referral. They also used a lender that works a lot with Google employees and were able to get a good rate. Sat, 07 Dec 2013 01:55:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-a-RedFin-Agent-or-Discount-Broker-a-Good-Choice-for-the-Savings/498429/ 2013-12-07T01:55:00Z Redfin is more than a Full ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-a-RedFin-Agent-or-Discount-Broker-a-Good-Choice-for-the-Savings/498429/ Redfin is more than a Full Service Brokerage. &nbsp;I don't understand how anyone could consider them a "Discount Service" just because they have a model that puts the client first. &nbsp; Fri, 06 Dec 2013 22:30:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-a-RedFin-Agent-or-Discount-Broker-a-Good-Choice-for-the-Savings/498429/ 2013-12-06T22:30:00Z Hi Luke,In addition to what ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-a-RedFin-Agent-or-Discount-Broker-a-Good-Choice-for-the-Savings/498429/ Hi Luke,<br/><br/>In addition to what a lot of the other posts have mentioned, I would say asking some of your future local colleagues if they can recommend anyone they have worked with would be a good start as well. You can also look for agents that have had a lot of transactions in Mountain View, or even ask your HR department if they have any recommendations.<br/><br/>All the best,<br/><br/>Arpad<br/><br/>&nbsp; Wed, 28 Aug 2013 00:09:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-a-RedFin-Agent-or-Discount-Broker-a-Good-Choice-for-the-Savings/498429/ 2013-08-28T00:09:00Z I think you've answered your ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-a-RedFin-Agent-or-Discount-Broker-a-Good-Choice-for-the-Savings/498429/ I think you've answered your own question, Luke.<br/><br/>All the best, Sun, 23 Jun 2013 07:43:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-a-RedFin-Agent-or-Discount-Broker-a-Good-Choice-for-the-Savings/498429/ 2013-06-23T07:43:00Z I would have to agree with ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-a-RedFin-Agent-or-Discount-Broker-a-Good-Choice-for-the-Savings/498429/ I would have to agree with many of the other agents that have posted replies. <br/><br/>You have to decide what you want from your agent and the level of service you are expecting. Many discount brokerages cut corners in ways you won't realize until you are deep in the process. They are also ala carte in the sense that you pay for each service they provide.<br/>Finally, as the BUYERS, you are actually not the one paying the agent, the sellers pay the commission and set the amounts based on their market. My advice would be to work with a full service agent, especially since you are making such a large, cross-country move. Good luck to you! Sun, 23 Jun 2013 02:41:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-a-RedFin-Agent-or-Discount-Broker-a-Good-Choice-for-the-Savings/498429/ 2013-06-23T02:41:00Z In your price range, and ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-a-RedFin-Agent-or-Discount-Broker-a-Good-Choice-for-the-Savings/498429/ In your price range, and your new job at Googe, youll have agents falling over you to find your new home. I haven't heard of one good experience from Redfin , at least in So Cal, especially in that range, and I wouldn't suggest it for you. <br/><br/>Buyers agents typically get 2.5%&nbsp;commission on a sale. I would ask any potential agent for a portion of that rebated back to you at the close of escrow, and see what they say. Some agents cant do it, some wouldn't. <br/><br/>Im my own broker, with no agents, and I do that all the time. It works out for both of us (the buyers and myself). But you have to do a lot of research, and you might not have the time to do it. <br/><br/>Spend a couple weeks in the areas you like, do as much research, because in the SF area LOCATION is very important. Internet research is good but it wouldnr mention that smell of the public dump that happens to waif over that beautifully photographed home on the hill....<br/><br/>PM me for more suggestions... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 16:04:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-a-RedFin-Agent-or-Discount-Broker-a-Good-Choice-for-the-Savings/498429/ 2013-06-22T16:04:00Z I guess the question you ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-a-RedFin-Agent-or-Discount-Broker-a-Good-Choice-for-the-Savings/498429/ <br/>I guess the question you have to ask is, will you be getting full service with a discount broker?' I would investigate this before I make a decision.<br/>&nbsp;Buyer Agency is hard work, and very time consuming if it is to benefit the client. You need an excellent Realtor who has the time to help you find the right property, and one who is experienced in the area you want to buy in.<br/><br/>Working with buyers is not something every agent focuses on so that is an issue to consider as well. Since the owner of the property is the one who ultimately pays for the Buyer Agent's time, the cost is not as much of a consideration, as the excellence of the Realtor and the end result.<br/>Good Luck! Sat, 22 Jun 2013 15:07:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-a-RedFin-Agent-or-Discount-Broker-a-Good-Choice-for-the-Savings/498429/ 2013-06-22T15:07:00Z Hi Luke,I know I've answered ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-a-RedFin-Agent-or-Discount-Broker-a-Good-Choice-for-the-Savings/498429/ Hi Luke,<br/>I know I've answered your question in another place, so I won't repeat that response, but I do have something to add...<br/>If an agent is providing you with a rebate or discount, are they discounting their service as well?<br/>It's great to be frugal, but you really are in danger of getting exactly what you pay for.<br/>I agree with Tony's answer...start talking to agents, and you'll soon get a feel for who knows their stuff.<br/>Cheers,<br/>Aileen Sat, 22 Jun 2013 01:37:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-a-RedFin-Agent-or-Discount-Broker-a-Good-Choice-for-the-Savings/498429/ 2013-06-22T01:37:00Z Your best bet, is to talk ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-a-RedFin-Agent-or-Discount-Broker-a-Good-Choice-for-the-Savings/498429/ Your best bet, is to talk among your new colleagues and friends to see if they have ever work with a discount broker/agent. &nbsp;Or best yet, search for agents in your area and interview them. &nbsp;Find the one that best matches your compatibility and style. Sat, 22 Jun 2013 01:30:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-a-RedFin-Agent-or-Discount-Broker-a-Good-Choice-for-the-Savings/498429/ 2013-06-22T01:30:00Z