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Why you won’t find Zillow’s new ‘Coming Soon’ feature in its hometown of Seattle

Zillow launched its new “coming soon” feature earlier this month to much fanfare, noting at the time that it would provide “unparalleled marketing exposure to the more than 81 million home shoppers who visit Zillow every month.” But there’s one place where home shoppers won’t be seeing the “Coming Soon” listings: Zillow’s hometown of Seattle…. Read More

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Silicon Valley real estate group inks listing deal with Zillow

Zillow continues to ink alliances with real estate groups, even as questions arise over the growing power of the Seattle online real estate company. The latest deal involves MLSListings Inc. of Northern California, which has agreed to syndicate listings directly to Zillow. Obviously, Silicon Valley is an important market, given the early adopter tech crowd;… Read More

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Facebook eyeing expansion in downtown Seattle

Facebook appears to have already outgrown its office space in Seattle. The social networking powerhouse, which just two years ago expanded into new offices at the Metropolitan Park towers in Seattle, is eyeing even more space. A real estate source tells GeekWire that the company is on the prowl for about 80,000 to 90,000 square… Read More

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Real estate group slams Zillow over ‘Coming Soon’ feature; Company says it’s simply shining light on homes

Not everyone is thrilled with Zillow’s new “Coming Soon” feature, an offering that launched earlier this month that allows real estate agents to generate buzz for properties before they are officially listed on any multiple listing service. Doug Miller, executive director of Consumer Advocates in American Real Estate, took the feature to task in a… Read More

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Shares of Move Inc. jump on speculation of Trulia buyout

Trulia Inc. is still digesting Market Leader following last year’s $355 million acquisition of the Bellevue online real estate company. Now, could Trulia be on the prowl for an even bigger fish? According to a Benzinga report citing an unnamed source, San Francisco-based Trulia could be angling to buy Move Inc. for as much as… Read More

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Holy, Toledo! Zillow is now worth more than $5 billion

Investors like what they see in Zillow, and they keep sending the shares higher. The Seattle online real estate company — founded by former Expedia execs Rich Barton and Lloyd Frink nearly 10 years ago — surpassed $5 billion in market value this week. That’s a whopping valuation, more than triple the value of rival… Read More

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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