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Houwzer

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About

Houwzer is a next-generation real estate brokerage and home services company built around the customer. Our full-service salaried agents and mortgage loan officers help homeowners save thousands on a better experience. Houwzer employs seller and buyer agent specialists, who receive salaries instead of commissions, allowing them to focus on service, not just sales. Our technology platform streamlines the entire transaction from beginning to end with an integrated one-stop shopping experience. Learn more at houwzer.com.

Awards and/or Certifications:

Certified B Corporation
PBJ Best Places to Work 2020
Philadelphia 100
Philly Mag - Top Real Estate Producers 2020
B Lab - Best For The World 2017, 2018, 2019
Philly Mag - Best of Philly 2019

What is your typical process for working with a new client?

Our client care team will connect you with the best agent for your needs. Before signing anything, potential clients meet with the agent in-person or virtually for a pressure-free consultation explaining the full process and answering any questions.

Services you offer:

Residential real estate sales
Residential real estate purchases
Mortgage financing and refinancing
Title insurance

What makes your business stand apart?

Houwzer is changing the real estate industry for good — enriching the lives of their clients and agents, while supporting their communities, in an effort to make homeownership attainable for all. They're doing this by reframing the way real estate brokerages work for everyone. By building a tech-enabled one-stop shop for home buyers and sellers, Houwzer reduces friction points throughout the transaction and offers meaningful savings and exceptional service at every part of the process, resulting in a better customer experience. Instead of contract workers, agents at Houwzer are full-time salaried employees. In contrast to the traditional 6% fee for full service listings, Houwzer charges a flat $5,000 listing fee paid at closing plus 2.5% for the buyer’s broker. This saves home sellers an average of $15,000 in commissions. Home buyers enjoy a pressure-free experience with their salaried buyer agents who focus on buyer goals, not commissions. Houwzer's mortgage advisors help buyers find the best mortgage rate for them by shopping around multiple lenders instead of limiting them to one lender's options – saving them hundreds in monthly payments compared to what big banks will offer. Their technology platform is the linchpin that streamlines the entire transaction from beginning to end, simplifying the process. As the first residential real estate brokerage in the country certified as a B Corporation, Houwzer is measured by impact and social responsibility. Their vision is to be the best real estate company in and for the world. In addition to charitable donations, Houwzer partners with Habitat for Humanity, donates a minimum of 50 volunteer hours per employee work in the community annually, and is working on a philanthropic arm to accelerate generational upward mobility of the underserved through homeownership.

What do clients have to say about you?

“Listing agents should be shaking in their jeans! I seriously can’t think of a single reason why anyone would use a traditional listing agent to sell their house. I saved $13k in commissions and got top shelf service — it’s a complete no brainer. Unless you enjoy paying tens of thousands more for inferior service, I suggest you give them a call.”
-Dave W.

“Five stars is not enough. The team at Houwzer did a phenomenal job of selling my house at full price and steering us through the closing process during the height of the COVID-19 shutdown in Pennsylvania while the rules for PA real estate transactions were changing by the day. I was immensely pleased with their performance at every step of the sale. After our initial meeting and walk through, my Realtor clearly communicated a detailed sales strategy and our house was listed quickly. I was quite pleased with the listing pictures, which were taken by a professional photographer.  I loved using the Houwzer app on my phone, which made accepting and tracking showings and viewing buyer feedback a breeze. My greatest initial concern about using a lower cost brokerage was whether they would steer us through the inspection and closing process, but my agent performed above and beyond any reasonable expectations. After our Realtor helped us negotiate the inspection requests, Governor Wolf announced that all real estate business activities would be shut down – including title and real estate closing activities. Over the next few weeks, the Houwzer team kept us abreast of all news and changes in policy, and helped develop a strategy to remotely coordinate with the buyer, his agent, the mortgage companies and the title companies. I was worried this deal would fall through, but our Realtor was in constant contact, reassured us throughout, and got the deal done— in the most difficult environment for home closings anyone has ever seen. And lastly: they saved us over $10,000 in commission costs. Their pitch is 100% accurate with no hidden fees.” - James G.

""You know that feeling you get when you expect something to go wrong, because doing big life things often have hiccups, but at the end of it all, everything went perfect? Yeah. That's what you get with Houwzer. Buying a house should be stressful, but the folks at Houwzer made it so easy that I'm actually paranoid that it was too easy.
Communication was prompt. Folks were helpful, knowledgeable and accommodating. The end to end process, from meeting my Realtor to closing, was straightforward and most importantly trustworthy. At no point did I feel pressured, or confused, or like I was being unfairly influenced. Overall the experience was what I think most people dream of for buying a home. Our Realtor was top notch professional, genuine in every way, and by the end of the process felt like a member of the family. I'm still baffled that it was indeed that easy. What more can be said? This is how home buying should done."" - Chris M.

What geographic areas do you serve?

Greater Philadelphia
Greater D.C.
Greater Baltimore