What is Aalto?


Aalto is the modern way to buy and sell real estate. We're on a mission to make buying and selling real estate less daunting by shifting the balance of power away from industry insiders and toward consumers. Aalto’s platform simplifies the entire real estate process by connecting homeowners directly with potential buyers. Buyers can access exclusive Bay Area homes without having to call an agent and sellers are able to explore their home sale with no commitment and for a fair fee, saving up to 80% on their sale versus traditional.

Aalto set out to make buying and selling less daunting by addressing the following:

  • More access: We believe everyone should have access to every home for sale. There are more homes for sale than what consumers can see themselves. We give sellers a new option to sell and surface those homes direct to consumers.
  • More transparency: We believe you should have access to all the information about homes for sale, but you can't because the process is so complex and lacks transparency.
  • Lower fees: We believe selling your home should cost less but it doesn’t because the entire industry for the last 100 years is built on high fees.
  • Less pressure: We believe you should not feel rushed into the largest transaction of your life but today the selling process is only built for immediate sales.

Together this results in a modern real estate platform where you are in control and can make informed decisions at each step of your transaction. Across the entire platform, local, licensed Aalto advisors are just one call away to help you with any questions you may have. You can browse Aalto homes right here

Other questions



How does Aalto compare to traditional real estate?


Where does Aalto currently operate?


Is Aalto a For Sale by Owner website?


Who is on my Aalto team?


Does Aalto have real estate agents?


Does Aalto manage the contracts and paperwork for a transaction?


Do I have to commit to selling with Aalto?

Who will I work with?

Can I work with my own agent on Aalto?

Does Aalto work with changing timelines?

Do buyers on Aalto have agents?

Why would I pay a buyer's agent 2.5%?

What is "Your Buyers"?

How do tours work?

Does Aalto have someone present at tours?

Does Aalto hold open houses?

How quickly can my home be ready to tour?

How do I add my home to the Aalto marketplace?

How much does Aalto cost for sellers?

What services are included in Aalto’s 1% transaction fee?

How is the transaction fee so low?

What steps will I need to take to prep my home for sale?

Can I list my home without an agent?

How can I find out how much my home is worth? Will Aalto help me with pricing my home?

What is virtual staging?

Will Aalto be present at all tours?

How long will it take to sell my home?

What are the typical steps in the selling process on Aalto?

Will my home get enough exposure?

What does Aalto handle?

How do buyers find Aalto?

How can I get more interested buyers?

How should I prep my home for tours?


How does Aalto's 1.5% cash back work for buyers?

Does Aalto work with buyers?

How much does Aalto cost for buyers?

I already have an agent. Can my agent help me buy a home on Aalto?

I need to buy and sell at the same time. Can Aalto help me with both transaction?

What’s the best way to find out more about a home?

Do I have to have an agent to tour a home?

How does buying a home on Aalto work?

Can I tour an Aalto home virtually?