In our latest real estate tech entrepreneur interview, we’re speaking with Jason Buzi from Top Offer.
Without further ado…
Who are you and what do you do?
I am Jason Buzi, a real estate investor in the San Francisco area for the past 15 years. In 2014, I got worldwide publicity as the man behind the scavenger hunt “Hidden Cash”, where money and prizes were hidden in cities around the country and overseas, and clues were given on Twitter.
I recently launched a company called Top Offer that lets sellers sell their house with zero commission, and receive full agent representation. We make money by charging buyers a small premium (3%) for the transaction.
What problem does your product/service solve?
As a real estate investor, I met with hundreds of homeowners over the years. I got the feedback that many wanted to sell their house “as is”, and were not happy to pay a hefty commission to an agent, but also wanted to know they got a fair price for their house, and were intimidated by the paperwork.
TopOffer came about because I recognized that homeowners were not being well served by either the traditional brokerage model or by most investors trying to buy their home for a steep discount.
What are you most excited about right now?
I am excited about building a nationwide company that changes how real estate is sold, and providing great service to our clients, and a great working environment for our agents.
What’s next for you?
We are getting ready to open our very first office here in the San Francisco Bay Area, and then we will open one in Austin, Texas, and recruit many agents in both states. As well as, of course, advertise for homeowners to sell with us, and for buyers.
What’s a cause you’re passionate about and why?
I really care about kids having a fair chance in life. We have communities even here in the wealthy Bay Area where many kids don’t have adequate food and housing. A number of years ago, I did some volunteer tutoring in one of these school districts, in East Palo Alto, and it was an eye opening experience. In the shadow of so much wealth, where the average home sells for over $2 million and billions of dollars in venture capital and IPO money is flowing, we have islands of poverty and lack. I’ve personally contributed regularly to these schools and educational foundations, and I will continue to do so through my new company as well.
Thanks to Jason for sharing his story. If you’d like to connect, find him on LinkedIn here.
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