Mountain View, California (EastBayDaily) — With the 2013 home buying and selling season underway, a new online service is offering consumers an innovative way to find the best agent and save thousands of dollars in commission fees. HutMut® (http://www.hutmut.com) gives home buyers and sellers a way to find and select a real estate agent or REALTOR® based on different criteria, such as experience, language, local area expertise, past client reviews and commission rebate amount.
“In the past 30 years, the real estate agents’ commission rate has remained steady despite rising home prices,” said Jenny Lee, director of communications. “When talking to friends, family and even strangers about their home buying experience, we learned that consumers seldom negotiated their agent’s commission fees. Those who did, very much detested the experience. We here at HutMut believe in openness and transparency in allowing home buyers and sellers to easily find a high-quality real estate agent and see upfront the estimated rebate that they can expect to receive. This applies to both the sale and purchase of new and existing homes.”
HutMut is the first service in the market that allows consumers to search for agents across realty firms, easily compare and refine the search results based on criteria that are important to them and see the rebate amount each agent is willing to give. For example, a home seller can select a Mandarin-speaking agent with experience staging a home for sale. The search results then indicate the estimated rebate amount based on the size of the transaction, location and service offered. Making the commission rebate transparent eliminates the need for uncomfortable haggling for the consumer.
All real estate agents listed on HutMut are fully vetted to verify that their credentials are current and their reputation is of the highest caliber. Importantly, unlike many other real estate sites, HutMut contains reviews only from the agents’ former clients so consumers can better assess the strengths and weaknesses of the real estate professional.
Saving thousands of dollars on HutMut is easy. A consumer goes online, searches for agents in a neighborhood of interest, and selects the best one to work with. The real estate agent then connects with the consumer offline to serve his or her real estate needs. The rebate is provided at the close of transaction, typically at the close of escrow. For example, if a home buyer is looking to purchase a home in San Jose, CA in the price range of $600-$799K, finding an agent on HutMut could save them $5,770. With the thousands of dollars saved, the consumer can put that to good use for home improvements, furnishings, a family vacation, or anything they choose.
HutMut is currently launched in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles markets. HutMut plans to expand into other major metropolitan areas nationwide in the upcoming months.
About HutMut® HutMut, Inc. (http://www.hutmut.com) provides an easy, haggle-free way for consumers to find a trusted REALTOR or real estate agent and save thousands of dollars in the purchase or sale of a new or existing home. HutMut is considered as the “Yelp-Kayak-eBay” of real estate by giving consumers a way to search local real estate agents, get in-depth information on agents, read reviews from former clients, and compare estimated rebate amounts. For real estate professionals, HutMut delivers high-quality leads in a true pay-for-performance model, without any upfront or monthly fees. To see how easy HutMut is to use, check out our video at http://www.hutmut.com.
© 2013 HutMut, Inc. All Rights Reserved. DRE #01509391. Some restrictions apply in offering a rebate. See website for details. A REALTOR® is a real estate professional who is a member of the National Association of Realtors.