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Ever-expanding Amazon takes another half-million square feet in four Seattle buildings

Amazon is growing so fast in Seattle, it’s hard to keep up. The tech giant is preparing to move into more than 540,000 square feet of additional office space in three existing buildings north of downtown Seattle — in the Denny Triangle, Belltown and on Elliott Ave. W. — according to city permits and county property records. The Seattle Times reported… Read More

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Tech Moves: Redfin names chief economist; Ex-Apple vet named CEO of X2Biosystems

—Redfin is following in the footsteps of Zillow and Trulia, appointing the Seattle online real estate company’s first-ever chief economist. Housing market expert Nela Richardson is joining Redfin after serving as a former senior economist with Bloomberg Government. Before that, she worked as a research economist at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and was a… Read More

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Realtor.com takes on Zillow with new app for Windows Phone; Redfin unveils redesigned iPhone app

Realtor.com announced today that it has a new app for people with Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 devices. The apps are designed to highlight photos of homes and give users of Microsoft’s operating systems the ability to browse listings on the real estate search service. Realtor.com, which is owned by Move, Inc., used Microsoft’s… Read More

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Here comes yet another marketplace to connect home owners with service providers: HouseCall raises $1.5 million

Home owners should have little trouble these days finding plumbers, house painters and other service providers to work on their home projects. That’s because there is no shortage of new online marketplaces that look to connect home owners with professionals. And here comes another: It’s called HouseCall. Currently operating in San Diego and led by… Read More

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Is online real estate still broken? New upstarts look to carve paths against established giants

Online real estate powerhouses like Redfin, Trulia and Zillow have been around for years, building multi-million dollar businesses in a category that Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman once famously described as the “most screwed up industry in America.” Well, based on the recent startup activity in the online real estate arena, things must still be mucked… Read More

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Study: Seattle is becoming less affordable for the middle class, still way cheaper than San Francisco

Trulia released the latest revision of its annual middle class housing study today, and it’s clear that Seattle is still a far more affordable place to live compared to other cities known for their tech communities like New York and San Francisco. According to Trulia’s data, 53 percent of the homes for sale in the Seattle metro area… Read More

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Ex-Digg CEO raises $3.5M from Jeff Bezos, Andreessen Horowitz and others for Pro.com, giving you price estimates for home projects

There’s a new online home improvement startup in town, and this one comes with an experienced tech executive at the helm and some serious deep-pocketed investors. Former Digg CEO Matt Williams, who ran Seattle-based LiveBid.com from 1996 to 1999, when it was acquired by Amazon.com, has formed a new startup company by the name of… Read More

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Redfin continues expansion, adds agents in Las Vegas

Redfin continues its national expansion, possibly positioning for an initial public offering following a $50 million funding round last fall. The Seattle online real estate company announced today that it recently added its home buying and selling service in Las Vegas, adding to the affiliate agents who already operated in “Sin City” on behalf of… Read More

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Placester closes $5.5M round for yet another online real estate idea

Here’s another spin on bringing the real estate industry online that could enable any agent to compete directly with the likes of Zillow or Redfin. Boston-based Placester announced today it has raised $5.5 million in capital to create a publishing platform that offers consumer search, real estate inventory info and related ad products. The company’s founder, Matt Barba, who was a… Read More

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Redfin continues big 2014 expansion push: Next up is Orlando, Tucson and Norfolk

Redfin is bolstering its national real estate presence, perhaps yet another sign that the Seattle online real estate company is prepping for an initial public offering. The company is expanding its efforts in Orlando, Florida; Norfolk-Hampton, Virginia; and Tucson, Arizona, according to new maps and data feeds posted on the company’s Web site. The company… Read More

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VC Keith Rabois looks to upend real estate with Homerun, an ambitious (or crazy) idea to sell homes over the Internet in an instant

Get ready for yet another online real estate startup. This one is codenamed Homerun, and it promises to change the way people sell their homes online by making the transaction simple enough to complete in a few seconds. The most notable aspect of Homerun, at least at this early stage, is its high-profile founder: venture… Read More