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Streamlining Home Sale Preparations: NAR Integrates Home Repair Estimate App into Realtor Benefits


NAR Adds Home Improvement Contractor’s App to Realtor Benefits

In a move to further assist its members in providing comprehensive services to clients, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) has recently enriched its package of NAR Realtor Benefits. The association introduced a new addition – a home repair estimate app designed to streamline the process of getting homes ready for sale. This tool is expected to offer significant advantages to both realtors and their clients by simplifying the home improvement stage before a property is listed.

The “Build Your Own Estimate” mobile app, developed by Curbio, a company specializing in pre-sale home improvement services that defer payment until closing, now becomes accessible to NAR members. This innovative application allows realtors to quickly obtain free repair estimates by simply uploading a PDF document of home inspections. An added perk for using the service includes receiving a complimentary digital floor plan for every Curbio project undertaken.

“This collaboration reflects our dedication to equipping NAR members with innovative solutions that cater to the evolving needs of their clients, ensuring a smooth experience for sellers and buyers alike,” expressed Rhonny Barragan, NAR vice president of strategic alliances.

The partnership between NAR and Curbio isn’t new. Curbio was part of the 2019 cohort in the “REACH” startup growth program by Second Century Ventures, NAR’s strategic investment arm. The burgeoning company also clinched the top spot in the “pitch battle” at the second annual Innovation, Opportunity & Investment (iOi) Summit hosted by NAR in Seattle in the same year.

Commenting on the collaboration, Olivia Mariani, CMO at Curbio, said, “Today’s sellers want to work with real estate agents who offer added value, including the ability to get their home market-ready and spruced up without having to pay upfront. We are thrilled to provide NAR members and their clients with access to our reliable pre-listing home improvements with pay-at-closing terms.”

Founded in 2017 and headquartered in Potomac, Md., Curbio has quickly made a name for itself, supported by investments from prominent entities such as Comcast Ventures, Revolution, and Camber Creek.

To take advantage of this new benefit, NAR members are invited to visit a dedicated page on Curbio’s website. The “Build Your Own Estimate” app is readily available for download on both iOS and Android devices. Currently, Curbio operates within a 40-mile radius of more than 60 major U.S. markets, making its services widely accessible to a significant number of NAR members and their clients.

By incorporating such innovative tools into its Realtor Benefits Program, NAR continues to demonstrate its commitment to supporting its members through resources that enhance efficiency and service quality. This latest addition is poised to offer valuable assistance in preparing homes for the market, enabling realtors to meet their clients’ needs with greater efficiency and effectiveness.

Natalie Kimura
Natalie Kimura
Natalie Kimura is a business correspondent known for her in-depth interviews and feature articles. With a background in International Business and a passion for global economic affairs, Natalie has traveled extensively, providing her with a unique perspective on international trade and global market dynamics. She started her career in Tokyo, contributing to various financial journals, and later moved to London to expand her expertise in European markets. Natalie's expertise lies in international trade agreements, foreign investment patterns, and economic policy analysis.

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