Hacker Connect January 16 in New York
An event for and by the real estate tech community

Editor's note: A new wave of online real estate innovators is gathering force, offering consumers more interactive and comprehensive online home searches and more transparency in property data and transactions. In this three-part report, we explore how newcomers like Zillow, Trulia, HomeThinking, PropertyShark, Redfin and others are bringing a new focus to the online consumer. (See Part 2 and Part 3.) When Matthew Haines, founder of real estate data site PropertyShark, tried to buy a brownstone in New York City's Harlem neighborhood a few years ago, he found himself adrift in a sea of frustration. "I would look at a brownstone and the real estate agent would say, 'That's $800,000,' and I'd say, 'My friend just bought one for $450,000,' and I'd ask the broker for some compar...