This is not unique to me, but I wanted to share the way that Zillow is helping buyers find me! I know that in Zillow's commercials, they never show an agent involved. But we all know that a buyer's agent is invaluable in the process of buying a home, especially if it is the first time for the buyer!
In most cases, the buyer is not required to pay for their representation in the Cedar Rapids/Marion/Iowa City/Coralville area. In our area, the listing contract between the homeowner and the listing company sets the commission to be paid for the sale of their home and almost all brokerages agree to split that fee with the buyer's company and their agent. This is called a co-op agreement. It is in the seller's best interests to offer compensation to the buyer's agent in order to get their home in front of the most buyers.
These buyers found me on Zillow.
They did not know me at all. They saw a home that they were interested in and clicked on the button to contact an agent. That is how it usually starts. Sometimes the buyer looks at the reviews on the agent's profile, sometimes they just want to see the house. Sometimes, the buyer thinks that they are contacting the listing agent.
When I first called them back, I left a message and then sent them an email and text as well. All of this was within 10 minutes of their inquiry. Not only did they call me back to schedule a buyer consultation, but they let me know that they were interviewing other agents that had been recommended to them. By the end of the week, they let me know that they had chose to work with me! Mostly because I went through the process with them, recommended lenders, and told them about the available properties in their price range.
They told me later that it felt like they were working with a friend. In fact, when they got married this summer, I happened to run into them at the county courthouse just after they were officially husband and wife! I was so excited to see them and I think of them often.
I have many more Zillow success stories, but this is the one that came to mind today! Thank you Jesica and Ryan for trusting in me to represent you this year in the purchase of your first home!