As manager of a Sotheby’s International Realty office in Colorado, James Simpson saw a change in the role of agents firsthand.

The rise of lockboxes allowed listing agents to forgo showings, and the introduction of e-signatures eliminated a lot of legwork. He also believed that a highly skilled transaction coordinator could process 400 deals per year.

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That is why he started SQFTx (pronounced “square foot”), a tech platform that gives partner brokerages a ready-made, limited-service tool to offer their sellers. It launched in May and has closed 12 deals.

Denver-based SQFTx is licensed as a brokerage in Colorado and Texas. It also feeds seller leads to partner brokerages on a geographic-exclusive basis, as it does with Dallas brokerage REConcierges and seven other partner firms.

A homeowner downloads the SQFTx mobile app and creates a listing, which is verified by a licensed broker and uploaded to the MLS, Zillow and ListHub, and hundreds of other sites.


Buyers can download the app to schedule a showing. Buyers can either make offers directly through the app or through their agents.

Sellers can counter, reject or accept offers made through the app.

A contract is prepared by SQFTx and delivered for signatures. A transaction coordinator manages all post-contract deadlines and contingencies and shepherds the deal to closing.

Sellers pay a 1 percent commission on the list side. SQFTx and its partner broker split the fee.

Where SQFTx doesn’t have a partner, it pockets the full 1 percent.

SQFTx offers its tools in 18 markets across the U.S., and it plans to expand to 100 markets by the end of this year.

Simpson, a third-generation real estate agent, sees a bright future for his discount brokerage startup. “Our technology works 24 hours a day, seven days a week, providing round-the-clock empowerment in an industry that has for too long kept buyers and sellers from owning the sale and purchase of their home.”

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