real estate

  • Acre Designs Wants To Change The Way We Buy And Build Houses

    Acre Designs Wants To Change The Way We Buy And Build Houses

    Most new homes that are being built in the U.S. today really aren’t all that different from those that were built 30 years ago. Some materials may be different, but most builders haven’t really kept up with the times. Y Combinator-backed Acre Designs wants to change this by building zero-energy homes that are outfitted with the latest technology. Read More

  • 3 Ways That The Blockchain Will Change The Real Estate Market Crunch Network

    3 Ways That The Blockchain Will Change The Real Estate Market

    Experts have suggested a number of niche industries that will be made more secure by the untamperable data record provided by blockchain technology — including international art dealing, pharmaceuticals and international trade of high-value goods — but to date, very little attention has been given to the potential effects on the real estate market. Read More

  • Zillow Gets Naked

    Zillow Gets Naked

    Online real estate site Zillow today announced that it has acquired Naked Apartments for $13 million in cash. While the name makes it sound like some kind of kinky cleaning service, it’s actually an apartment rentals platform with a focus on New York City. The acquisition is expected to close in the next few weeks. Read More

  • How Startups Are Making Real Estate Businesses More Efficient Crunch Network

    How Startups Are Making Real Estate Businesses More Efficient

    Advances in information technology have generated enormous efficiencies in many industries, including manufacturing, transportation, communications, entertainment, retail and financial services. Yet in real estate, the largest industry of them all, innovation has lagged as agents and brokers have been slow to adopt new technologies. Read More

  • Houzz Brings New Collaboration Tools To Its iOS Apps

    Houzz Brings New Collaboration Tools To Its iOS Apps

    Houzz, the popular service for giving you house envy and connecting you with the right home professionals to cure it, is launching an interesting new feature for its iOS users today. The new Sketch feature makes it easier for homeowners to annotate photos on the service to discuss their remodeling ideas with their housemates and professionals. The company also today announced that it now… Read More

  • Movebubble Makes Renting Suck Less

    If you’ve lived in a big city where renting (versus owning) is a popular option for residents, then you likely know the endless struggle of trying to find a place to live. The listings that often intrigue you are no longer available, and in London, around 50 percent of listings posted to websites are stale, left only for marketing and data capture purposes. Movebubble, a company… Read More

  • 11 Actual “Rooms” For Rent In SF That Are More Than Your Midwestern Mortgage

    Let’s be honest, every apartment for rent in San Francisco is more than the average Midwestern mortgage. An ordinary 35-44-year-old homeowner in the U.S. hands over about $1,073 per month for their house payment, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The SF average for a one bedroom apartment is nearly three times that, at $2965 per month. Of course, the high rent has much to… Read More

  • Placester Raises $27M Series C Round For Its Real Estate Marketing Platform

    Placester Raises $27M Series C Round For Its Real Estate Marketing Platform

    Placester, a service that helps real estate agents and brokers to serve their clients and market themselves better, today announced that it has raised a $27 million Series C round. The round includes New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and Romulus Capital, both of which previously invested in the company, too. Read More

  • Real Estate App Oliver Adds Live Video Walkthroughs Of Your Next Hovel

    Real Estate App Oliver Adds Live Video Walkthroughs Of Your Next Hovel

    When we first met Oliver, the app was just entering its first phase of development. It basically allowed apartment owners and house hunters to come together in a marriage born of carnal desire and a nice two bedroom in an area with good schools. Now the company has added something quite clever: Periscope-based visits to apartments you might want to rent. Read More

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