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Redfin on the radio: Online real estate firm experiments with ‘old media’

Redfin has built its online real estate service over the years largely through word-of-mouth referrals and a very active public relations effort, one which landed CEO Glenn Kelman on “60 Minutes” a few years ago. But things are changing at the Seattle online real estate company, which earlier this month started testing what newly-appointed marketing… Read More

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New iPad: First impressions, and 5 locally grown apps to try

We’ve been spending some quality time with a new iPad here today at GeekWire, focusing on the new and updated apps for the tablet’s high-definition retina display. It’s impressive, particularly when it comes to viewing high-resolution photos, but we’re not convinced that the display alone is enough to recommend buying one of the new iPads vs…. Read More

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Networking is a good thing to do, but not good enough

In a GeekWire guest post last week, Bob Crimmins said I was “flat wrong” when I advised a group of would-be entrepreneurs to focus on their product and their customers, not conferences, parties, lunches, coffees or other networking events. Bob offered a delightful guide on how to network but still I question whether networking is more… Read More

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Microsoft Windows as a ‘beautiful metaphor’ and other comments of the week

The best insights, observations, comments, tweets and random zingers we heard this week. “Windows really is a beautiful metaphor for computing and with the new logo we wanted to celebrate the idea of a window, in perspective.” –Microsoft’s Sam Moreau in a blog post describing the concepts behind the company’s new Windows logo. “Whenever you answer something,… Read More

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Here comes Redfin 3.0 … and more price increases

Redfin today announced a “massive upgrade” of its real estate service, one which CEO Glenn Kelman notes in a blog post will ensure that customers will have a “one-on-one relationship” with an individual agent throughout the entire home buying process. As part of the changes, Redfin has added more than 50 new agents and reduced the… Read More

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Backlash continues against Zillow as real estate group cuts ties with Diverse Solutions

Zillow is once again finding itself in the news after a Denver-based Multiple Listing Service notified members that they plan to pull the plug on a listing feed arrangement with Diverse Solutions. You may recall that Zillow gobbled up Diverse Solutions last year, paying $7.8 million for the Irvine, California-based real estate services company. But that’s… Read More

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Zillow discontinues listing feed: Redfin says it is not ‘crazy about the decision’

The shifting sands in the online real estate industry continue to morph. The latest development involves Zillow which recently notified Redfin and other real estate sites that it will no longer distribute for-sale-by-owner listings to their Web sites. Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman explains in a blog post: Zillow primarily gets listings directly from individual brokers,… Read More

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Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman: Why you should do a startup right now (and not one in a ‘stinky, little niche’)

Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman is known for his colorful, erudite and oftentimes controversial remarks when it comes to startups, business and entrepreneurship. And so it was with some anticipation that I attended Kelman’s talk Monday night at the Get a Real Job Fair in Seattle. Kelman joked that he had a really juicy keynote in store until… Read More

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Redfin’s ‘hunky’ IT department exposed in charity calendar

This is pretty funny — and slightly disturbing. Redfin, the Seattle-based online real estate company, has produced a very tongue-in-cheek “Men of Redfin I.T. Calendar”, featuring its internal tech specialists in various costumes and, in one case, nothing but a New Year’s sash. It’s a charity calendar, and the company is offering it up to the… Read More

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Chicago company that sued TechCrunch hits Zillow, Redfin and others with patent suits

Two of Seattle’s best known online real estate companies, Redfin and Zillow, have been hit with patent lawsuits by Chicago-based Earthcomber over the use of location-based technologies in their mobile applications. Earthcomber gained notoriety in 2008 for suing influential technology news blog TechCrunch over a mobile patent that Michael Arrington called at the time “shaky.”… Read More

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Online real estate startup Estately expands in New York, adds Texas

Estately sometimes gets overshadowed in the online real estate industry by bigger consumer brands such as Redfin and Zillow. But the six-year-old Seattle upstart continues to push ahead, announcing today that it is expanding into the Dallas/Fort Worth area and Westchester and Putnam counties of New York. The expansion comes after Estately didn’t open any… Read More

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Redfin CTO Michael Young departs

Redfin’s top technologist is saying goodbye to the online real estate brokerage after five years on the job. Chief Technology Officer Michael Young recently announced his resignation, handing over the CTO duties to vice president of engineering Sasha Aickin. At the time of Young’s hiring in December 2006, Kelman called the fellow University of California,… Read More

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Zillow overtakes Realtor.com to become second most visited real estate site in the U.S.

Zillow continues to fly high after its blockbuster IPO in July, with the Seattle company overtaking Realtor.com to become the second most visited online real estate site in the country. Research firm Hitwise reported that Zillow recorded 6.62 percent of online real estate visits during the month of October, slightly edging out Realtor.com which is… Read More

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Redfin picks DocuSign for electronic signatures

Two Seattle companies are hoping that they can help streamline the way people buy or sell homes. DocuSign announced today that agents at Redfin — the fast-growing real estate brokerage firm — will use its electronic signature technology during transactions. It’s a big win for DocuSign in its hometown, and interestingly enough comes just a… Read More