ZipRealty offers Realius price game
Brokerage company ZipRealty has teamed with online real estate gaming company Realius (see Inman News) to offer a real estate price prediction game. The game allows players to guess at home prices by viewing information on actual for-sale properties. The game features properties in the Boston, San Francisco and Seattle market areas through ZipRealty at http://predict.ziprealty.com. The pricing game is also available in other market areas through other real estate companies.

Estately gets San Francisco Bay Area listings
Estately.com has expanded its real estate search service to the San Francisco Bay Area, adding more than 40,000 properties from the area’s four largest multiple listing services, the company said. Estately now offers details on nearly 160,000 listings, including information on nearby parks, schools, restaurants, and transit stops near each home.

Seattle-based Estately, which launched as ShackPrices.com in 2006, has recently expanded its coverage into western Oregon and California, adding coverage of San Diego in June. The site on Thursday listed its top 10 cities as San Diego, Portland, Seattle, Vancouver, Tacoma, Beaverton, Chula Vista, Oakland, Oceanside and Gresham.

Estately’s Agent Match allows users to get competing offers from prescreened real estate professionals without submitting their name or phone number. Estately charges participating real estate professionals a 20 percent referral fee.

Rentomatic collects tenants’ electronic, paper checks
Rentomatic, a property management service that helps landlords track income and expenses, advertise vacancies, and collect payments from tenants through a secure portal, now has the capability to process paper check payments from tenants in 22 states, including Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Oregon.

Rentomatic also handles electronic payments from tenants via e-check nationwide, and will soon offer the capability to pay by credit card, said parent company Investment Instruments Corp. (IIC). Tenants can submit and monitor maintenance requests and see their rent payment history. Once a payment has been processed, IIC records the payment progress in both the tenant’s and landlord’s Rentomatic accounts and updates the landlord’s rent roll, accounting systems and payment alerts. IIC is also the developer of Rentometer, a tool for consumers to compare rents in their area.

Zillow, brought to you by … me
Zillow has announced several ways to participate in a new co-branding program by adding some coding to any Zillow links featured on other Web sites. The program requires that users who want this co-branding must have a Zillow account already and must add the code "?scrnnm=YourZillowScreenNameHere" (substituting your actual Zillow screen name for "YourZillowScreenNameHere"). The program features the person’s name, photo and contact information from their Zillow account in a small bar at the top of the screen at the Zillow page to which they have linked.

Zillow’s corporate blog site offers a full description of the various co-branding options, including mortgage rate widgets, and API (application programming interface) links for those who use Zillow’s APIs for property estimates or Zestimates at their own sites, for example.

Krunching Pro aims to bridge disconnect between Realtors, investors
Level 2 Realty, a California real estate brokerage, today announced that it has launched Krunching Pro, a new service that aims to help Realtors better serve property investors.

The service, at Krunching.com, allows agents to search, analyze, track and share listings with their investor clients online, and will be used by Level 2 and also made available to Realtors outside the company on a subscription basis. Home searches are powered by IDX solutions the company maintains in major California markets.

A complete investment analysis, with projections on cash flow and other key investor metrics, accompanies all search results, according to a news release. Data on average rents, market trends and sales histories for each property are displayed, along with comparable sales, so that investors and their Realtors can quickly identify opportunities.

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