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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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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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Is this Realtor’s Web site a direct rip off of Redfin?

Take a look at the Web site of Asset Realty Group, and you might start to see some striking similarities to Redfin. Tim Ellis, a longtime real estate watcher who pens the popular Seattle Bubble blog, discovered those similarities recently and started asking some questions. The result? Ellis contends that the Asset Realty Group’s site… Read More

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Surprise, you’ve got a Windows Phone app! Microsoft irks big brands in bid to stock mobile store

The new Redfin app for Microsoft’s Windows Phone promises to deliver the core features of the online real estate service, including the ability to search for homes to rent or buy, research neighborhoods, and find an agent. But unlike Redfin’s 4.5-star apps for iPhone and Android, this app gets a 2.5-star rating, and a string of negative… Read More

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Evite co-founder, former Priceline.com CFO named to the board of Redfin

Redfin is bolstering its board of directors, a sign that the Seattle online real estate company may be positioning for an initial public offering. The company announced today that Robert J. Mylod, Jr., the former vice chairman and chief financial officer at Priceline.com, and Selina Tobaccowala, president and chief technology officer at SurveyMonkey, have joined the board. Tobaccowala… Read More

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Redfin shakes up executive ranks: CMO and 2 VPs to depart

Just days after raising a $50 million venture financing round, Seattle-based Redfin is parting ways with three key executives, GeekWire has learned. Leaving the company effective Dec. 1 are Vice President of Marketing Matt Goyer; Vice President of Product Bryan Selner and Chief Marketing Officer Tom Vogl. Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman confirmed the departures in… Read More

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Redfin looking to expand in Minneapolis

Redfin expanded in a big way earlier this year — announcing in February that it had opened for business in Houston, Charlotte, Raleigh-Durham, New York City’s Bronx borough and the state of Delaware. At the time, that pushed the company’s market total to 21. But since then, it has been a bit quiet for the Seattle… Read More

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Redfin suspends Price Whisperer service in Seattle after one week, apologizes for violating MLS rules

Redfin has bumped into those pesky rules and regulations again. The Seattle online real estate brokerage, which is known for pushing the envelope with new products and services, has removed its week-old Price Whisperer service in Seattle after overstepping rules from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service. It continues to offer the service in California, Oregon,… Read More