Just for fun we looked up Redfin’s transactions for all of Massachusetts on MLSPIN

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Just for fun we looked up Redfin’s transactions for all of Massachusetts on MLSPIN.

The MLSPIN shows Redfin has one office located in Somerville, MA, a town a little northwest of Boston. Redfin’s transactions are statewide, but mostly in eastern and central Massachusetts.

There are 46 agents associated with Redfin. Most of these agents are what Redfin calls “field agents,” who actually show buyers homes. The offers and transactions are handled by just a few agents – the team leaders if you will.

In the past 12 months Redfin had 438 transactions where Redfin was the Listing Office or the Selling Office. Of these 281 are single family homes, 141 are condos, and 16 are multi-family homes.

Then we did two separate searches: one for Listing Office and one for Selling Office. The results were: Buyers 420 transactions, and Sellers 20 transactions. The two “extra” transactions came from 2 transactions where Redfin was both the Listing Office and the Selling Office. Redfin currently has 14 active listings.

As we were using Redfin’s Scouting Report Redfin would show the photo and number of transactions for a couple of their office agents at the top of the search results screen. One of those agents was Hannah Driscoll.

Redfin shows her as having 37 transactions in the last 12 months. We looked up her transactions on MLSPIN, and found 32 as Selling Agent, and 2 as Listing Agent. So, Redfin shows 3 more transactions than MLSPIN.

We don’t know what to make of this. Is it MLSPIN or Redfin or a combination of the two and the IDX that is the cause of this discrepancy ? Try it for yourself with your MLS.

Melville Capps

Comments (4)

Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495


Thanks for adding me as an associate!  Much success to you today,

Mike in Tucson

Oct 02, 2011 10:11 AM
Dan and Amy Schuman
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Solon, OH
Luxury Home Specialists

From what I'm reading here on AR, Redfin is causing quite a ruckus. Luckily they don't operate in our market.


Oct 03, 2011 02:25 PM
Deb Brooks
Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas - Wichita Falls, TX

Melissa and Melville, it is the darndest thing isn't it? They are skating on thin ice and will be dropped in cold water quickly. What a mess!


Oct 04, 2011 05:00 PM
Pacita Dimacali
Alain Pinel - Oakland, CA
Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA

As you know, they shut down the Scouting Report permanently. There were just too many challenges --- several closed transactions weren't showing up, some MLS weren't participating, etc.

it's quite possible several MLS also stopped the publication of data, many agents complained, etc.

The bottom line, even their CEO admitted that the program wasn't beta-tested before they launched it.


Oct 11, 2011 12:54 PM