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Online real estate startup disrupting the traditional real estate brokerage model by making it easier and more affordable to view and buy a home
67% of users who book a home tour buy a home through SimpleShowing
$80K+/month revenue with 15% MoM growth and proven unit economics
Future monetization opportunities include homeowners insurance, mortgage, and title services
Raised $500K to date from strategic investors; backed by CEO of Shipt.com and Velocity Accelerator
Partnerships with igloohome™ Smart Locks, Lemonade Insurance and Divvy Homes
Technology and the internet have changed how people buy and sell almost everything. With the advent of the mobile era and the democratization of property data via online sources like Zillow, homebuyers have access to information today that has historically been available only to real estate agents. But despite having access to more tools and resources, consumers are largely unhappy with the home buying process and frequently dissatisfied with their agent.
The home-buying process is disconnected from the modern consumer and in desperate need of innovation.
Consumers have access to more tools and data than ever before. They're taking on much of the work in the home buying and selling process, because in today’s world, simply put, they can. Finding homes online is easier than it’s ever been, accessing property data is faster and more accurate than ever before and writing an offer on a home can now be done electronically.
As consumers are taking on more of the heavy lifting in the home search process, they’re relying less and less on real estate agents to help them find homes. Historically, the most critical role of the real estate agent has been to find suitable properties for the home buyer. This is no longer the case. According to the National Association of Realtors, modern consumers now cite property access as the most critical reason they hire an agent.
Home buyers are chained to a slow, expensive process that doesn’t work for them. They have great tools for researching and discovering properties, but lack options to view/tour the homes in person. With the exception of “open houses”, the only way for consumers to tour homes is to hire an agent. Home buyers have been forced into this option for too long. It’s time for a new way.
Utilizing real estate services (eg. listing agent or buyer’s agent) is exorbitantly expensive for consumers and yet no great alternatives exist. Agents are actually doing less work per transaction than ever before, but getting paid the same commission rates as they did 40 years ago. Meanwhile, home prices continue to increase. This is the reason we created SimpleShowing.
SimpleShowing empowers home buyers to drive the home buying process on their own, schedule tours themselves and get rewarded for their hard work with a commission refund that equals 1.5% of the home price. It’s real estate for today’s consumer and it’s about time.
Buy any home through SimpleShowing and, we'll share up to half our commission with you. Buying through SimpleShowing is easy as 1-2-3:
Consumers who purchase a home through SimpleShowing receive a 1.5% commission refund, or about $5,037 on average.
Most consumers believe that there is no cost to use a buyer’s agent because the home buyer never writes a check to the buyer’s agent. However, the commission expense (normally 3% of the home price) is baked into the price of the home, and that cost is passed onto the home buyer at closing. Explained another way, a consumer would be able to purchase a home for 3% less than the contract price if the transaction did not involve a buyer’s agent.
Our early traction has been exciting. With $80K+/month in monthly revenues, we currently have a $1M+ annual run rate and expect to exceed $2.5M in revenue in 2020.
The exciting thing is that only one city (Atlanta) has been serviced by SimpleShowing for longer than 15 months. Our two newer markets (Tampa and Orlando) are just now beginning to heat up. We intend to expand throughout the Southeastern US initially and then across the country as revenue and funding permit.
We keep at least half of the ordinary 3% buyer’s agent fee. The commission refund that is paid to our customers is reduced based on the number of showings booked through our platform. The more showings booked means that the customer will receive a lower refund and, SimpleShowing will earn more revenue. The average refund paid is typically about 1.25% of the home’s purchase price.
We earn $5,000 (or 1% in some cases) from each seller for managing their listing.
We earn channel revenue from sources such as homeowners insurance and mortgage referral leads.
As we continue to optimize our marketing mix, create broader awareness, and begin to generate leads from organic sources, we expect to decrease our customer acquisition costs.
At the same time, we expect revenue per deal to continue to increase over time. In addition to increasing the number of transactions, we’ve also continued to increase our average transaction value per customer.
In the last five years, venture capital groups and Wall Street have come to the firm conclusion that technology is going to change how people buy and sell homes. The private capital invested in real estate technology companies increased from $138 million in 2013 to nearly $3 billion in 2018.
With the surplus of capital flowing into the real estate tech space, it’s clear that the stronghold of older, established real estate brands is diminishing and the emergence of tech-enabled startups has begun.
Currently, our primary competitors are traditional brokerages, who charge 5-6 percent per transaction (typically 3% for the listing or “selling” agent and 3% for the Buyer’s agent). These companies and their model make up the vast majority of residential real estate transactions.
There are also about a dozen relevant real estate startups in the residential space and about 2-3 which are similar to SimpleShowing, offering a “hybrid-tech” model. This is a new category that largely did not exist until the last 2-3 years. These brokerages take advantage of technology and changes in consumer behavior to offer services more in line with a traditional brokerage to consumers who are willing to do more of the work themselves, but for a lower fee than traditional brokerages.
And accepted into Launch's Founder University (2019) and 500 Startup's Founder Bootcamp (2018). Participated in Velocity Accelerator (Birmingham, AL) and Wave Accelerator (Tampa, FL), both part of GAN.co (Global Accelerator Network).
After launching the company in March 2017, the SimpleShowing mobile app was released in January, 2018. Initial functionality allowed Buyers to book tours on demand for any home, regardless of which brokerage the home is being sold through. The app now allows the prospective homebuyer to select a day/time that is convenient to their schedule and eliminates the back and forth exchange of coordinating schedules between agents and sellers. This app (and our website) have become a massive source of lead generation, far outstripping the lead volume of a traditional brokerage by about 10 to 1.
Our brand continues to gain traction in our current markets and we expect to eclipse the $100K/month run rate mark this Summer. We project revenues exceeding $1M in 2019 and over $2.5M in 2020.
In only our second full year as a company, our hybrid brokerage model is rapidly gaining traction. We believe this is only the beginning. Our long term vision is to deploy technology which will put home buyers and sellers in direct contact with one another and effectively disintermediate the Buyer’s agent in many real estate transactions. Consumers have already demonstrated a willingness and even desire to do more of the work themselves. While great tools exist to find a home (ie, Zillow, Realtor.com), no real solution exists for gaining access to see the home, other than using an agent.
This is the secondary problem that we intend to solve. Home buyers can now target, search and identify properties online up to the point where they’re ready to make an offer, but should not be beholden to a real estate agent in order to physically enter and view a property. With the advent of services like Airbnb, it is clear that homeowners are comfortable allowing complete strangers into their homes -- provided there is a layer of safety. We feel that in many cases, it is unnecessary for consumers to hire an Agent in order to physically access a home.
We believe our business model is well positioned to exploit of a number of different monetization opportunities. The larger opportunity that is exists is to verticalize the home buying experience. In this scenario, a consumer will book a showing on our site/app, then create an offer online (we will support this process with a human), then the home buyer will obtain mortgage pre-approval via one of our partners.
Our team is lean, mean and scrappy. We have extensive backgrounds in startups and deep experience in tech and digital marketing. Our team also has a combined 25+ years in real estate.
Co-Founder Fred McGill has an MBA from Georgia Tech and has held various sales and marketing management positions with Fortune 500 companies (Salesforce.com, Johnson & Johnson). He was previously VP Marketing and employee #17 at Redox, a health tech startup before SimpleShowing. Fred built the sales/marketing team from 3 people to 12 people and ramped sales from $20K MRR to $90K MRR in 1 year. Redox has since raised $40M from Battery Ventures and RRE Ventures.
Co-Founder Jeremy Gamble has an MBA from the University of Florida. He brings 15+ years of operations experience to SimpleShowing. Jeremy also holds a real estate license and has an extensive background in property management, finance and analytics.
Director of Engineering Taylor Hayduk served as an Engineering lead for local startup Gather, a restaurant software provider, which was acquired by Vista Equity in 2018. Taylor was also an instructor for Hack Reactor in San Francisco. Hack Reactor is recognized as the most competitive “code academy” for software developers.
Home buyers and sellers deserve better. We’re simplifying the home-buying process, fixing a broken system and making it more affordable to buy a home.
The smallest investment amount that SimpleShowing is accepting.
SimpleShowing needs to reach their minimum funding goal before
the deadline. If they don’t, all investments will be refunded.
The Crowd SAFE is an agreement for future equity in the startup,
meaning that it can convert to equity in the future.
The Crowd SAFE is an agreement for future equity in the startup, meaning that it can convert to equity in the future.
$25,000 – $1,070,000
SimpleShowing needs to raise
before the deadline. The maximum amount SimpleShowing is willing
to raise is $1.07M.
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