Amazon Wants to Give You $5,000—All You Have to Do Is Buy a House

published Jul 24, 2019
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As if Amazon didn’t already do everything (I mean, c’mon, the company even invented their own global holiday), it’s now dipping into real estate with a lead-generation partnership with Realogy, the parent company of national brokerage brands like Century 21, Coldwell Banker, Sotheby’s International Realty, and more. TurnKey, the new joint-offering, is an online portal for interested buyers to connect with agents from Realogy. In return for using the service, buyers can receive up to $5,000 in benefits from Amazon.

To sign up, you give Realogy your name, email, and phone number, and where you’re looking to buy. You’ll then complete a homebuyer’s profile with your home-search preferences. Then, Realogy will connect you with a real estate agent to work with who specializes in your city or neighborhood.

If you end up closing on a home using the Realogy agent, you’ll receive something Amazon’s calling “move-in benefits.” The package value is based on your home’s purchase price, and you’ll get more in rewards the more home you buy:

For homes sold for between $150K and $399K:

  • $450+ in Amazon Home Services credit, which can be used for hiring service professionals, like cleaners, handyman services, or furniture assembly
  • Three smart home products, plus installation
  • A 10 percent off coupon (up to 200+) on eligible moving products and services through Amazon Move

For homes sold for between $400K and $699K

  • $1,000+ in Amazon Home Services credit
  • Six smart home products, plus installation
  • 10 percent off Amazon Move coupon

For homes sold for $700K+

  • $1,500+ in Amazon Home Services credit
  • 26 smart home products, plus installation
  • 10 percent off Amazon Move coupon

The service launched in 15 of the U.S.’s biggest metro areas (but notably not New York!): Phoenix, Arizona; Los Angeles, California; Sacramento, California; San Francisco, California; Denver, Colorado; Tampa, Florida; Orlando, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; Chicago, Illinois; Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota; Charlotte, North Carolina; Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas; Houston, Texas; Seattle, Washington; and Washington, D.C.

What do you think? I honestly could have used something like this when I bought my home. I love my fixer-upper, but I did not expect the house the be as dirty as it was when I moved in. I would have loved a credit or coupon for a deep cleaning—especially after I spent all that cash on closing fees.

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