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Charity & Weiss Reviews: Pros, Cons, and Alternatives

Charity & Weiss was a well-respected, multilingual real estate agency that made a name a name for itself in Sarasota before expanding across the U.S. and Europe. Now that they've been acquired by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, have they changed? Find out about the Charity & Weiss of today.
Charity & Weiss Reviews: Pros, Cons, and Alternatives

Charity & Weiss was an international real estate agency originally founded in Sarasota, FL. In August of 2018, it was acquired by Berkshire Hathaway, a multinational conglomerate holding company headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska.

At its peak, Charity & Weiss gave full services to its clients, both across the U.S. and in Europe, for real estate transactions and property management services.

And while Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices will allegedly up Charity & Weiss' marketing abilities and offer them a broader access to listing services, it's not the only brokerage in town. Plus, there's no financial incentive — like reduced commissions — for home sellers.

Picking an agent to sell your home is no small matter. You will want to take the time to research your options thoroughly and interview as many individual agents as it takes.

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If you're selling your home and are considering Charity & Weiss as a part of Berkshire Hathaway, here's some information to get you up to speed.

What is Charity & Weiss?

Charity & Weiss bills itself as an international real estate agency. Founded by owners Gabriele Charity and Ruidiger Weiss in 2006 in Sarasota, Florida, the agency provides global real estate services with a focus on the U.S. and Europe. Both owners were originally from Germany but fell in love with Sarasota and succeeded in building a respected international agency.

Beyond its strong presence in the Sarasota and Manatee County area, Charity & Weiss was set apart by offering services in eight different languages which allowed it to broaden its market both in the U.S. and abroad.

In 2018 Charity & Weiss joined forces with Berkshire Hathaway allowing Charity & Weiss access to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices' Global Network Platform which offers it marketing support, access to more listings, and Berkshire's Luxury Collection marketing program for high-end properties. In return, Berkshire adopted Charity & Weiss' foothold in the Sarasota market in Florida.

What services does Charity & Weiss offer?

Now part of Berkshire Hathaway, Charity & Weiss provides a similar full-service experience as other Berkshire Hathaway affiliated agencies. Home sellers can expect a home value report based upon a Competitive Market Analysis (CMA), as well as assistance with staging and showing the home. As a full-service realtor, Charity & Weiss also provides support analyzing inspection reports and help with negotiations.

How much does Charity & Weiss charge?

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices charges sellers the traditional rate of 6%, with 3% going to the listing agent and 3% to the buyer's agent.

Negotiating lower commission fees with Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices' may be difficult. It's a huge real estate conglomerate with a set system. Agents who have worked for them in the past have also mentioned on Glassdoor that the percentage of their commission that they need to share with their broker is fairly high. This doesn't give them a lot of room to negotiate their fees.

Pros of Charity & Weiss

  • A well-respected, full-service real estate firm with a strong presence in the Sarasota market.
  • Multilingual agents to serve the multicultural needs of clients.
  • Access to the international marketplace for those looking to relocate overseas or purchase a vacation home.
  • Access to the extensive marketing services made possible through their affiliation with Berkshire Hathaway.

Cons of Charity & Weiss

  • Now a part of a huge chain, sellers' experience may be less customized.
  • You will probably pay the full commission rate.
  • There is a much lower chance of negotiating realtor fees.
  • While Berkshire Hathaway is available outside of Florida, Charity & Weiss is not.

Charity & Weiss Reviews

Charity & Weiss was an award winning agency with almost no negative reviews. However, now that they have been absorbed by Berkshire Hathaway, this could change.

Reviews of Berkshire Hathaway are across the board and really depend on the agent you work with.

Berkshire Hathaway's reviews are varied both in Florida and nationally.

When searching for a realtor to sell your home, what matters in the end is the service the individual realtor provides. Every property and every property seller is different. You owe it to yourself to take the time out in the beginning to really put some thought into who will be handling your home sale before even thinking about listing your property.

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Charity & Weiss was a well-respected, full-service firm with many excellent agents in Sarasota and Manatee County. Now that its part of the very large corporation, Berkshire Hathaway, it's possible that you may not get the service that Charity & Weiss was renowned for.

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Jamie Ayers
Jamie Ayers

Jamie is the Director of Content at Clever Real Estate, the free online service that connects you with top real estate agents and helps you save thousands on commission. In the past, Jamie has managed columns for clients in a variety of leading business publications, including Forbes, Inc., CEO World, Entrepreneur, and more. At Clever, Jamie's primary goal is to provide home sellers, buyers, and investors with the information they need to successfully navigate the ins and outs of the real estate industry.

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