Home Buying Hits the Shared Economy

Home Buying Hits the Shared Economy


The shared economy is much more than just a buzzword—it’s a movement changing the way people consume goods and services, and interact with the wider population. You have probably heard of Uber, Lyft, and AirBnB, but there are many other companies providing similar conveniences for just about anything you can imagine, including buying a house.

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Home buying can be one of the most important decisions in a person’s life, and it certainly isn’t something to be taken lightly, especially when you may end up spending millions of dollars for your new residence. That’s why Walid Romaya founded Realstir—to give people the opportunity to try before you buy. What you think is your dream home could turn out to be a decades-long nightmare as you juggle a mortgage on top of noisy neighbors and other unmentioned issues.

Check out this coverage from a New York-based CBS affiliate to see how “Try before you buy” stacks up in a real world test:

Even current homeowners are on board with Realstir’s program, as it provides more confidence to the prospective buyer and increases the chance to sell to a satisfied customer. For current homeowners looking to sell, Realstir also offers an InstaValue estimate of your home’s worth based on location, square footage, historical sales data, and other factors.

However, Realstir isn’t just a try-before-you-buy house program—the Realstir app for iOS and Android does much more. You can search home listings in your area, connect and chat with real estate agents about your needs, and find out relevant news in your desired area.

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Chris Wawra an L.A. native living the NorCal life in San Jose. He graduated from UC Santa Cruz in 2011 with a degree in Anthropology and is currently working as Content Manager for 1WorldOnline. Chris also enjoys mountain biking, dance, and other fitness activities.
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