Real estate listings and search site Zillow,</a is launching an Android app to allows users to search its 95 million listings on the go. The startup has seen considerable success with its iPhone app, which launched in April of last year and has seen 1 million downloads with more than 2 million homes viewed each month on the app. The Android app is expected to hit the Android Market by… → Read More
Zillow, a popular real-estate listings site, recently tweaked the pricing model in its marketplace for mortgages, angering many of the lenders who pay Zillow for customer leads. A few weeks ago, the site announced that it will be introducing a new pricing model for these leads to lenders.
The economy is in the hole, and real estate is in an even deeper hole. What better time to invest in a real estate search engine? Shasta Ventures just led an $8 million series B financing in Roost, a real-estate search engine that is grabbing data from MLS listings (actually from something called the IDX, or Internet Data Exchange, which is a close proxy to MLS listings). As a result, Roost… → Read More
The largest Multiple Listing Service system, MRIS, covers real estate listings from 60,000 professionals in the mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. (Maryland, Washington DC, Northern Virginia, and parts of West Virginia and Pennsylvania). Like their sister MLS organizations, they hate services like Zillow, Redfin and Trulia which give everday consumers access to real estate information.
But they… → Read More
The layoff train continues: Zillow CEO Richard Barton reports 42% year over year visitor increases and 25% layoffs. The last time we updated Crunchbase Zillow had 155 employees, so it sounds like at least 35 former employees are now looking for a job.
Richard’s blog post:
This week we are reducing our workforce by 25%. This was an incredibly painful decision for me and the leadership team, but… → Read More
Earlier this week in a post comparing real estate sites Trulia and Zillow, I suggested that the most important success factor for these sites is how comprehensive they are. The more listings the better because home buyers want to go to one place to find every home on the market. They want a single dashboard from which they can filter down the choices. But just how comprehensive are these sites… → Read More
Zillow, the site where you can find pricing estimates and other info about houses around the United States, aims to disrupt the online lending market with the launch of its Mortgage Marketplace. The marketplace is a free service that hooks lenders up with borrowers. It works very much as Zicasso does for travelers (see our review of that service here). Borrowers submit just the essentials –… → Read More
Venture capitalist Josh Kopelman has stated that he likes startups that shrink markets – “We love investing in technologies and business models that are able to shrink existing markets. If your company can take $5 of revenue from a competitor for every $1 you earn – let’s talk!” And while he isn’t an investor in Seattle-based real estate startup Redfin, I’m… → Read More
Real-estate site Zillow has added 10 million homes to its Website, bringing the total to 80 million (out of 91 million homes in the U.S.). Of those, the properties it has enough information on to calculate a “Zestimate” is now 67 million, up from 53 million before. Zestimates and comparable-sales data are the two biggest draws to the site, says president Lloyd Frink, who dropped by my… → Read More
Seattle-based real estate site Zillow has raised another big round of capital. Tonight they’re announcing a $30 million financing, bringing their total capital raised to a whopping $87 million. The round was led by asset management firm Legg Mason Capital Management, with participation from existing investors Benchmark Capital, Technology Crossover Ventures and PAR Capital. Their last round… → Read More
Zillow has been down this afternoon as the popular real estate site adds a number of new features. They may have been taking a look at the runaway success of Yahoo Answers – Among the changes is a new product called Home Q&A, which allows users to ask and answer questions about any of the 70 million U.S. homes in the Zillow database. Answers are rated by other Zillow users. Every home in… → Read More
Home listing site Zillow is making it possible to shop for homes that are not necessarily for sale with their new Make Me Move function, which launches on Thursday. Home owners who may have no intention of moving, but certainly would for the right price, can list information about their homes on Make Me Move so that gutsy buyers can try to make a deal. “What number would it take for you to… → Read More
Real estate search company Zillow has opened two APIs to allow other sites to utilize its data on homes around the US. The company made news last month when Yahoo! became one of the earliest users of the pre-launch API on its real estate site. There were more than 30 pre-launch users of the API in total, also including Prudential Northern California and Nevada, ZipRealty and Redfin. In addition to… → Read More
Seattle based Zillow is a website that allows people to get information on 68 million homes in the United States (such as an estimated value, size, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, etc.). On Wednesday morning they are releasing new features which will allow users to contribute updated and detailed information about their own homes to Zillow’s national database. This owner information will… → Read More
Yahoo unveiled its new Real Estate site today. The site now incorporates an interactive map displaying home price data filtered by location, price, and number of beds and baths. It draws its data from MLS listings, classified, foreclosures, and rentals. Yahoo has also fully integrated with high-profile and massively funded partner Zillow by using their technology to power a home value mashup with… → Read More
Zillow, which just raised another boatload of cash, has announced a couple of new features recently. One, the Zillow API, will be embraced by legions of real estate agents desperate to get traffic to their websites. The other, a Zillow mobile feature, will let you get a Zestimate, which is Zillow’s estimate of a home’s value, by email/SMS. The Zillow API is still being developed… → Read More
Seattle-based Zillow, which raised $32 million in funding in 2005 from Benchmark Capital and Technology Crossover Ventures, has raised another $25 million. This round of capital comes from a new investor, Boston-based Par Capital Mananement. No word on valuation. This comes on the heels of a recent (and massive) distribution deal with Yahoo. Zillow, essentially a mashup of maps and historical real… → Read More
A little competition is good – just two weeks after Zillow saw Real Estate ABC and Google Real Estate move into its territory, they launch a new 3D viewing application based on Microsoft Live’s “bird’s eye view” feature. This is a perfect use for Live.com Local, allowing potential buyers to get a better view of the homes they are considering purchasing. CrunchBase… → Read More
Three month old Zillow, which gives people an indication of home values in specific locations based on publicly available comparables, will be having some competiton in the near future. The new site is called Real Estate ABC (which is owned Internet Brands). The Zillow competitor is in beta on a hidden URL: www1.realestateabc.com/home-values/. I have no idea if they’ll leave it up, but as of… → Read More