Fixing a broken home buying model

Nuhom - Fixing a broken home buying model, starting with Boston

Homeownership is an opportunity for you to grow wealth, stop renting, and satisfy your needs at various life stages. These are a few of the many reasons why you may consider buying a home, but the truth is, the process to do so can be cumbersome. Given the technology available today, we believe home buying is broken. But, it can be fixed!

This year, with rock bottom interest rates, home buyers have been incentivized to buy a home during the pandemic. However, coupled with low inventory for sale, this has fueled record high home prices. Bidding wars and offers with little to no buyer contingencies became the norm, especially for single family homes. The budget conscious home buyer in this scenario was left out.

It doesn't help that home buying today is riddled with bad experiences (you can read about some here). Many home buyers complain about having a painful experience, citing the slow process, lack of transparency, and difficulty navigating multiple handoffs between agent, lenders, real estate attorneys, and home inspectors.

This is where Nuhom comes in. Nuhom has created a seamless online home buying experience that puts the home buyer first.

Making home buying more affordable for you

Unlike traditional agents, one of the biggest values Nuhom provides is we give back 1% of the home purchase price back to the buyer. So, if you bought a home for $600,000 you would get back $6,000. We promise, there is no catch here! You simply get 1% of the home purchase price back.

Nuhom is able to do this because it recognizes that today most (7 out of 10) home buyers find the home they want to buy by searching on Zillow or Redfin and going to open houses. Much of the process in finding a home is now in the hands of the home buyer themselves and not the agent. Home buyers best know what they want in a home and see it well before an agent might. With the agent commission fee still being the largest transactional expense when buying a home, Nuhom believes giving back half of the buyer agent's fee to the buyer for their search efforts is the right thing to do. Buyer agents are quick to explain to buyers that they pay nothing to the agent to purchase the home, but we consider this untrue. See our write-up on how the buyer's agent commission is just built into your purchase price.

Additionally if you work with a Nuhom preferred lender, its possible that you could save an additional $500. With average total savings of $8,000, you can choose to cover a significant part of your closing costs or stretch your offer price to better compete against other buyers.

Searching for homes, but by what you can afford

We regularly ask ourselves, why can’t home buyers search and filter for homes by monthly cost to own vs. the home's asking price? After all, isn't that how people can budget what it means to own their home?

Home buyers comprehend the monthly cost to own a home better than just looking at a home’s asking or sticker price. Current renters especially appreciate this perspective. How much will it cost to own this home? After I budget that in, with my income, how much money do I save per month to put towards fun trips, family expenses, or savings? These are the questions buyers want to answer early on in the search process.

Nuhom is building helpful budgeting tools to help home buyers find homes they can afford.

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Finding the right home for you

Most home buyers spend weeks searching in hopes of finding the perfect home which meet their needs and wants. Nuhom has created an easy and interactive buyer on-boarding flow to quickly learn your needs and the type of home you may be looking to purchase. This data is then used to match you with exclusive homes publicly available or available off-market.