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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

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Zillow inks deal with Chinese real estate giant Leju

Zillow has entered into an exclusive agreement to power the U.S. home shopping experience for Leju, a Chinese subsidiary of E-House Inc. that’s in the process of spinning out through an initial public offering.  The profitable company, which posted revenue of $335 million last year, plans to trade on the New York Stock Exchange. Last… Read More

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Redfin’s first CTO explains lawsuit against the company, says he just wants to be treated fairly

David Selinger is a die-hard Redfin supporter. He’s purchased homes through the online real estate service, and speaks highly of Redfin boss Glenn Kelman whom he calls “an amazing CEO.” Selinger, who runs the data analytics startup RichRelevance, has even been known to exchange recruiting tips with Kelman, since both companies operate dual offices in… Read More

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Porch strikes deal with Realtor.com to deliver home-improvement reports

Home-improvement data startup Porch is partnering with Realtor.com to launch a new product, the “Porch Home & Neighborhood Report,” that promises to give prospective homebuyers new insight into the history of specific homes and neighborhoods. The partnership with Realtor.com, announced this morning, expands the Porch business into real estate while creating a new connection between… Read More