Compare Xome and Trulia

Editor's Rating

Users' Rating

Editor's Rating

Users' Rating

For Sellers

Referred Agents
25%-40%
Referral Fee
Xome does not provide real estate services to home sellers. Instead, this company matches consumers with various real estate agents in exchange for a 25%-40% referral fee. Xome results suffer from pay-to-play bias because the network does not match consumers with agents unwilling to pay 25%-40% of their commission to Xome.

For Sellers

Not Applicable
0
No Rates
Trulia is an MLS Aggregator, it does not provide listing services to consumers.

For Buyers

Referred Agents
25%-40%
Referral Fee
Xome does not provide real estate services to home buyers. Instead, this company matches consumers with various real estate agents in exchange for a 25%-40% referral fee. Xome results suffer from pay-to-play bias because the network does not match consumers with agents unwilling to pay 25%-40% of their commission to Xome.

For Buyers

Not Applicable
0
No Rates
Trulia is an MLS Aggregator, it does not provide buyer representation services to consumers.
You are now comparing two different service models: Xome is a referral fee network that does not provide real estate services while Trulia is an MLS Aggregator
Compare Xome and Trulia for home buying and selling. HomeOpenly is an impartial and an open resource focused on trending real estate services, portals and start-ups.

First published: 17 February 2019
Last updated: 29 March 2020

Buying and Selling with Xome

Xome is a referral fee network designed to collect fees by matching consumers with local real estate agents willing to participate.

Xome operates as a licensed real estate brokerage in California under BRE License #001932600, but it does not produce any services that are typically offered by real estate agents and does not represent consumers when buying or selling real estate in any State.

When consumers submit information to Xome, this information is simply sold to real estate agents who are willing to pay for it with 25%-40% share of their commission.

Xome Pricing

Xome revenue comes from referral fees and sale of user data.

Listing Services

  • This Service Does Not Represent Sellers

Buyer's Agent Services

  • This Service Does Not Represent Buyers

Xome Editor's Review:

Xome is a licensed real estate broker that collects a 25%-40% referral fee from all real estate agents that participate. Agents are accepted into the referral program at no upfront cost, instead, all fees are back-loaded into the agent’s commission and result in a much higher cost to consumers.

All agents in Xome Agent Network must pay Xome a referral fee for each closed deal and report on the progress with private transaction details using Xome portal. Xome itself does not create an agency relationship with consumers and has no financial obligation for the actions of Referred Agents.

Consumers work with these agents through separate written agreements. The terms of any agreement between consumers and real estate agent in the network are not endorsed or recommended by Xome.

All real estate agents using Xome pay a referral fee depending on the final cost of a house. On a $250,000 house, the agent could pay around $2,800 in fees to Xome. This amount could be easily offered as a refund or commission savings to consumers, but instead, it becomes a deterrent for real estate agents to offer competitive terms.

Xome Agent Network plays fees down to consumers, but it rigidly locks every participating real estate agent into a referral fee attached to the back-end of every contract. As a licensed real estate agent that doesn’t perform any real estate services or takes any responsibility for the transaction, it is not entirely clear how this process works under the Business and Professions Code and RESPA.

Clearly, real estate agents only sign-up with Xome because the price of the referral fee can be easily incorporated into their client’s agreement with excessive commissions.

Xome receives the second lowest score because this service is clearly biased and it claims to provide the complete opposite of what it actually does. Xome must be well aware of this issue but continues to operate on pay-to-play methodology in order to collect fees that needlessly make home buying and selling more expensive. In the end,

Xome is a referral fee network that operates a limited pool of real estate agents willing to pay 25%-40% of their commission for each lead.

Xome Service Areas:

United States

Buying and Selling with Trulia

Trulia is an MLS Aggregator that allows buyers and sellers to list homes and find out what local homes are available for sale. Trulia aggregates home listing data from thousands of private MLS databases across the United States.

By making this otherwise unavailable information to consumers, the company creates a positive value-added experience with local results for a vast majority of available listings.

Trulia generates revenue with ads using Zillow Group's Premier Agent and Premier Broker programs.

Trulia Pricing

Trulia does not offer paid services to consumers directly, instead, portal generates revenue with ads and referral fees from real estate brokers as part of the Zillow Group.

Listing Services

  • This Service Does Not Represent Sellers

Buyer's Agent Services

  • This Service Does Not Represent Buyers

Trulia Editor's Review:

Trulia is a Zillow Group subsidiary with similar search results, data, and options available to consumers. Trulia is an Internet MLS aggregator, where brokers and consumers may post listings independently. Until recently Trulia was an Internet company, not a real estate broker.

In 2018 Trulia’s parent company Zillow Group began to operate a pilot program called Zillow Premier Broker.

This program operates as an actual real estate broker in order to collect hidden referral fees from any leads originated via Trulia. Anytime consumers use Trulia and provide this portal with private information, this information is then sold for referral fees to a select group of brokers willing to pay for it. This fee is backloaded and paid only if the consumer is persuaded by the real estate agent to enter into a representation agreement.

Trulia’s original revenue generator is called Premier Agent, this is an ads-based process where agents advertise their services and consumers contact an agent themselves.

Unlike Premier Broker leads pipeline, Premier Agent process is not “blind.” When consumers use Trulia, it is impossible to tell if private information is sold to Premier Brokers and what brokers get to see it. When using Trulia, consumers should be careful not to leave any private information such as email, name or a phone number.

Trulia Service Areas:

United States