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Redfin vs. Estately: Which tech company is most innovative in the real estate biz?

Seattle, grab your popcorn and get ready for a real estate rumble. Inman News, an industry publication for real estate professionals, has announced the finalists for their annual Innovator Awards, and two of Seattle’s own are in the running to be named 2013′s most innovative brokerage or franchise. Redfin and Estately, already competitors in the… Read More

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Commencement speech showdown: Advice to recent grads from Redfin’s Kelman and Zillow’s Rascoff

It’s that time of year when commencement speeches ring out across the nation, with everyone from President Barack Obama to philanthropist Melinda Gates to comedian Jimmy Kimmel offering words of wisdom to recent grads. Now, LinkedIn is taking a very special approach to the commencement speech tradition, asking several of its so-called “influencers” to write “Commencement… Read More

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Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff responds to Redfin question: ‘We sell ads, not houses’

Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff appeared this week on Bloomberg TV, declaring that the housing market is “back” and noting that some markets like San Francisco are seeing values skyrocket to unstainable “bubble-licious” levels. But what caught my ear was Rascoff’s comments, yet again, on the potential challenges facing discount brokerages such as Redfin. “For most… Read More

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Redfin to top $50M in sales: Kelman says there’s more to the Internet than ‘just running ads for other people’

Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman popped by the TechCrunch offices earlier today to talk about the company’s new Collections photo service, which we wrote about earlier. But that’s not what caught our attention. For the first time that I can recall, Kelman disclosed the company’s annual revenues, noting in the interview that Redfin will do north… Read More

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Redfin goes green, inks deal for land sales with Blu Homes

Redfin has struck a new partnership with Blu Homes to help those interested in building high-end pre-fab homes find land for the structures. The offering is currently only available in San Francisco, but Redfin and Blu Homes plan to expand the partnership nationwide. Through the deal, customers can find and buy land via Redfin, and… Read More

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Tech Moves: Crosscut names ex-Microsoft PR manager as publisher; Slade Gorton joins Clearwire’s board; and more

Crosscut, the five-year-old online news publication for the Pacific Northwest, has named former Microsoft corporate communications manager Greg Shaw as CEO and publisher. A former journalist who started his career at the Cherokee Advocate, Shaw has worked with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation since 2004. He replaces Crosscut founder David Brewster who plans to… Read More

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Tech Moves: Nordstrom vet named Zoomingo adviser; Paul Allen’s PR chief leaves

Zoomingo, the mobile shopping app created by Krishnan Seshadrinathan and Shirish Nadkarni, has named former Nordstrom executive Loretta Soffe to its advisory board. Soffe spent 24 years at Nordstrom, most recently as executive vice president and general merchandise manager of the women’s division. “Loretta will play a critical role in helping Zoomingo develop both its consumer and retail… Read More

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Redfin slapped with patent suit over new Home Price Tool

Seattle online real estate company Redfin is being sued by CoreLogic for patent infringement over its Home Price Tool, a new service that it rolled out in March to help home owners get a better idea of the values of their home. Publicly-traded and based in Santa Ana, California, CoreLogic is one of the biggest largest… Read More

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Why Zillow’s CEO wants to be the OpenTable of real estate

On the surface, OpenTable may not seem to hold many similarities with Zillow. After all, one specializes in restaurants, and other in real estate. But Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff sees similarities between the two companies, telling Business Insider that those companies which simply provide leads to businesses are ripe for disintermediation. In Rascoff’s view, OpenTable has… Read More

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Comments of the week: Will this phone really take off?

The best comments, quotes, and random zingers we heard this week… “Do you have to turn off *this* phone during takeoff and landing?” –GeekWire reader Lawrence Lam commenting on news that aerospace giant Boeing plans to develop a new phone based on the Android operating system. “I hope the phone takes off. Pun intended.”–GeekWire reader… Read More