Recent Articles by Teke Wiggin

How to use Zillow to build better digital experiences

How to use Zillow to build better digital experiences

What if you could find out where Kurt Russell lived and generate a comparative market analysis for the movie star -- all by talking to a computer ......
By Teke Wiggin | 1 hour ago
Graphiq improves data offerings through Pitney Bowes partnership

Graphiq improves data offerings through Pitney Bowes partnership

Graphiq, a provider of real estate data visualizations, is broadening the range and precision of its offerings through a partnership with Pitney Bowes, a provider of products and services that power commerce.......
By Teke Wiggin | 3 hours ago
A canary HouseCanary, a real estate valuation provider, raises $33 million

HouseCanary, a real estate valuation provider, raises $33 million

Ten years after the Zestimate's debut, you might expect online home valuations to have become about as accurate as they can be. But real estate analytics company HouseCanary shows industry observers there's still room for improvement ......
By Teke Wiggin | Friday, January 13, 2017
A couple building their dream home out of thin air Augmented-reality app shows full potential of homes

Augmented-reality app shows full potential of homes

After a prospective homebuyer wanders into a home's living room, she grimaces: the space groans with off-color wallpaper, shag carpeting and a well-worn couch. But her agent is smug as a bug. She hands her client a smartphone and instructs her to pee...
By Teke Wiggin | Thursday, January 12, 2017
A woman opening the curtains Upstart brokerage outs commission offers — again

Upstart brokerage outs commission offers — again

Fresh off a funding round, low-fee, Colorado brokerage Trelora has started outing commission data -- again. The company is revealing how much compensation listing agents are offering buyer’s agents through the MLS. Registered users can access the d...
By Teke Wiggin | Wednesday, January 11, 2017
A woman's hand opening a door FHA opens door to homeownership for more borrowers

FHA opens door to homeownership for more borrowers

Low- to moderate-income homebuyers will get a boost in 2017, with the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) set to cut mortgage insurance premiums later this month. The move will “will mean a whole lot more responsible borrowers are suddenly eligibl...
By Teke Wiggin | Monday, January 9, 2017
One side of a chess board Opendoor’s massive list of tech investors and lenders

Opendoor’s massive list of tech investors and lenders

What do Wells Fargo, Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman, Deutsche Bank, reddit co-founder Aleix Ohanian, Blackstone and Joshua Kushner (yes, the brother of President-elect Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner) have in common? ......
By Teke Wiggin | Friday, January 6, 2017
A man on Facebook in a shared office space Can real estate brokerages replace offices with Facebook?

Can real estate brokerages replace offices with Facebook?

Can brokerages replace offices with Facebook? Ross Hair is betting on it. The founder of two real estate marketing training programs, Hair recently launched Boco Realty, a virtual brokerage that will use Facebook's new business-communication platform...
By Teke Wiggin | Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Electric plant near a highway Blockchain could jolt real estate and the title industry in 2017

Blockchain could jolt real estate and the title industry in 2017

When one Illinois resident buys a property this year, he will receive a digital token. Along with a paper deed, the transfer of the token will be recorded in the Cook County Recorder of Deeds database as proof of ownership. The goal is to show that s...
By Teke Wiggin | Tuesday, January 3, 2017
A woman looks through a virtual reality headset in the midst of boxes 9 ways to blaze the real estate virtual reality trail in 2017

9 ways to blaze the real estate virtual reality trail in 2017

Many consumers found an odd-looking piece of equipment waiting under the Christmas tree this year: virtual-reality (VR) headsets ......
By Teke Wiggin | Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Traffic lights Zillow wipes colors from school ratings after media coverage

Zillow wipes colors from school ratings after media coverage

Green means go. Yellow means caution. And red means stop. Small wonder that some industry observers have decried the tendency of many real estate websites to rate schools -- which are reportedly treated by some as a proxy for local racial makeup -- w...
By Teke Wiggin | Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Pacific Union merges with John Aaroe Group

Pacific Union merges with John Aaroe Group

San Francisco-based Pacific Union International Inc., ranked the ninth largest brokerage in the U.S. by sales volume, has merged with Southern California luxury brokerage John Aaroe Group ......
By Teke Wiggin | Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Pete Flint After Trulia-Zillow merger, Pete Flint dives back into tech

After Trulia-Zillow merger, Pete Flint dives back into tech

Pete Flint cooled his heels after selling Trulia to Zillow a year ago. The former Trulia CEO has served on Zillow Group's board, also advising and investing in startups at his leisure ......
By Teke Wiggin | Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Football players blocking each other during a game AOL blocks Keller Williams email addresses

AOL blocks Keller Williams email addresses

Real estate agents at Keller Williams Realty brokerages around the country are reporting that AOL appears to have blocked messages sent from email addresses that use Keller Williams' web domain, kw.com ......
By Teke Wiggin | Friday, December 9, 2016
A toll booth New down payment option could boost homeownership

New down payment option could boost homeownership

Federal mortgage guarantor Freddie Mac is piloting a groundbreaking program that lets homebuyers get half of a 20 percent down payment covered by a financial firm in exchange for home equity ......
By Teke Wiggin | Thursday, December 8, 2016
A female doctor examining an X-Ray Should real estate agents use ‘transparent bidding’?

Should real estate agents use ‘transparent bidding’?

Like many listings in the Seattle area, Keith Mourer’s property received multiple offers -- 10, to be exact. But this wasn’t a typical bidding war. Prospective homebuyers could see the offers they were competing against in a process known as "tra...
By Teke Wiggin | Wednesday, December 7, 2016
A stack of $100 bills Morgan Stanley valued realtor.com at $2.5 billion: News Corp.

Morgan Stanley valued realtor.com at $2.5 billion: News Corp.

Morgan Stanley estimates realtor.com is worth $2.5 billion, News Corp. CEO Robert Thomson said in a recent interview. That's more than double the $950 million that News Corp. paid for the listing portal's owner, Move Inc., two years ago ......
By Teke Wiggin | Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Airbnb open on an ipad Short-term rentals don’t have big impact on rents, experts say

Short-term rentals don’t have big impact on rents, experts say

What happens to rents if short-term rentals take a bite out of long-term inventory? The answer might very largely by city, but short-term rentals don't have a substantial impact on housing affordability, according experts surveyed by Zillow ......
By Teke Wiggin | Tuesday, December 6, 2016