real estate

  • Oliver, A New Apartment-Finding App, Cuts Out The Middlemen

    Oliver, A New Apartment-Finding App, Cuts Out The Middlemen

    If you’ve ever tried to find an apartment in a popular city like San Francisco, New York, or Chillicothe you’re probably familiar with magical beings called brokers. These creatures take a cut of your rent while doing surprisingly little and it’s high time they are “disrupted.” How, you ask? Oliver. Oliver is the latest effort to cut out the middleman. The app… Read More

  • London Is No Silicon Valley, But It Brings Together Many World-Class Industries Crunch Network

    London Is No Silicon Valley, But It Brings Together Many World-Class Industries

    While London is no Silicon Valley, or even New York, it is a melting pot of talent, and its tech scene is growing fast. In the whole of 2010, the total funding raised by London tech firms was less than £10 million. So far in 2015 it’s close to £1 billion, and there is an increasing amount of capital (“dry powder” in industry parlance) available to help identify and scale… Read More

  • Roommate App Flatchat Gets $2.5M From CommonFloor, One Of India’s Largest Real Estate Portals

    Roommate App Flatchat Gets $2.5M From CommonFloor, One Of India’s Largest Real Estate Portals

    Looking for a roommate can be a soul-crushing experience, especially if you are new to a city or on a tight budget. Flatchat wants to make the process a little less tedious for renters in India. The mobile-based platform recently picked up $2.5 million in seed funding from CommonFloor, one of India’s leading real-estate listing sites. Read More

  • SQFT is a Real Estate App to Help Homeowners Slash Broker Commissions

    SQFT is a Real Estate App to Help Homeowners Slash Broker Commissions

    If you’ve ever bought or sold a home, you know how expensive a six percent real estate commission can be. SQFT is an app that helps reduce these fees by allowing you to buy and sell a home without the need of a real estate agent. After downloading the app and deciding you want to list your home, SQFT walks you through all the steps needed to create a listing. The software will help… Read More

  • Hightower Raises $13M Series B Round For Its Leasing Management Service

    Hightower Raises $13M Series B Round For Its Leasing Management Service

    Hightower, a New York-based leasing management platform for commercial real estate, today announced that it has raised a $13 million Series B funding round led by previous investor RRE Ventures. Other participants include Bessemer Venture Partners and Thrive Capital, who together led the company’s $6.5 million Series A round, as well as new investor Pritzker Group Venture Capital. The… Read More

  • The Facebook Effect (On Real Estate Prices)

    The Facebook Effect (On Real Estate Prices)

    Four years ago, Facebook announced that they were decamping to Menlo Park from their longstanding home of Palo Alto. Just last month, the company finally cut the ribbons on a beautiful 430,000-square foot building designed by Frank Gehry that is basically one giant, open-air room with an enormous park on top. The effect on the prices of surrounding real estate has been profound. If you… Read More

  • Redfin Launches New Collaboration Tool For Home Buyers And Agents

    Redfin Launches New Collaboration Tool For Home Buyers And Agents

    Redfin is launching Shared Search today, a new tool that makes it easier to collaborate with others while you’re looking for a new home. When you’re searching for a new home, chances are you aren’t doing so alone. Chances are you are constantly sharing addresses, online links and other information about a prospective house with your spouse or significant other, maybe a… Read More

  • Zumper’s New App Lets You Submit Rental Applications From Your iPhone

    Zumper’s New App Lets You Submit Rental Applications From Your iPhone

    Real estate startup Zumper, which offers tools that connect brokers and property managers with potential renters, has today released a new mobile application that allows users to fill out their rental applications – including pulling their Experian credit report – right from their iPhone. The company, which says it’s now seeing over a million monthly visits from web and… Read More

  • TransitScreen Raises $600,000 To Bring Bright, Shiny Screens To Bus Stops And Subways

    TransitScreen Raises $600,000 To Bring Bright, Shiny Screens To Bus Stops And Subways

    In the future we will all wear amazing silver underpants and look at our incoming bus and subway transfers on a screen from TransitScreen. Created by a lone entrepreneur with a dream and some LCDs, TransitScreen is a sort of timetable for mass transit. However, these things can sit in multiple places including in the lobby of your favorite building where they display train times, information… Read More

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