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