Bōde helps Canadians save tens of thousands

Plus, a new coworking space for Calgary innovators and entrepreneurs.

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Bōde helps Canadians save tens of thousands

Source: Thin Air Labs

If you’re one of the lucky folks that has bought or sold property in Calgary (or elsewhere), but felt distinctly unlucky throughout the expensive and time-consuming process, then this company may be of interest to you.

Calgary’s Bōde provides an online platform for buying and selling property designed to offer a better experience for less money than traditional methods. Sellers go to the platform, click start listing, answer a few questions, and about 10 minutes later, their house is ready to list following professional photos and measurements of their home.

Bōde is, in part, the product of its founder’s own frustrations with the real estate process. In 2017, co-founder Robert Price was buying and selling property. Fed up with what felt like an outdated system, Price, alongside fellow co-founders Jeff Jackson, Lindsay Skabar and Alan Kelly, launched Bōde.

According to Bōde, 96% of buyers begin the process online, only to find that they need someone to open doors who is then paid half of the commission on the original cheque, while representing themselves as free.

“Homeowners are filing class action lawsuits across Canada and the USA demanding change to the transparency, cost and integrity of residential real estate transactions at a time where inflation and home affordability are reaching critical levels,” said Price. “Our company was founded on solving these fundamental pain points. Our customers love the control, ease and value maximization of selling on the Bōde platform. In the end, their elation is our north star.”

Bōde says that its model saves Canadians tens of thousands of dollars in commissions, explaining that 90% of home sale expenses come from traditional sales methods.

Bōde gives clients access to the data they need to make informed decisions and have recently released a real estate-focused generative AI, providing 24/7 support to users of the Bōde platform.

The company recently received a $1 million investment from Thin Air Labs in their first venture funded round. The round was syndicated by BDC, Pioneera Ventures and Scalegood Fund with several follow-on family and private investors.

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