2015 Outlook 'Disruptive' technologies that aren't and more musings from Timothy Ellis

'Disruptive' technologies that aren't and more musings from Timothy Ellis

The (former) Porch hacker talks stupid tech buzzwords, nectarines and whiskey, and misaligned incentives, plus why "disruptive" technology is anything but ......
By Inman | 14 hours ago
newscorp Realtor.com operator News Corp. acquires real estate decision-making engine

Realtor.com operator News Corp. acquires real estate decision-making engine

After taking a stake in Indian real estate portal, PropTiger.com, in November, realtor.com’s new maestro, News Corp., is investing in another Indian company with real estate ties. The media giant announced the acquisition of Mumbai-based Big...
By Inman | Friday, December 19, 2014
229774816_Yuganov_Konstantin All I want for Christmas is this Realtor superpower

All I want for Christmas is this Realtor superpower

Real estate agents and brokers have more tech tools at their disposal every year, providing them with deeper insights into housing markets and allowing them to find — and serve — clients more efficiently. Improvements in technology are in...
By Inman | Friday, December 19, 2014
portal-watch Christmas Zillow style, thrill-seeking Murdoch, and the hunt for tech talent

Christmas Zillow style, thrill-seeking Murdoch, and the hunt for tech talent

Zillow and Trulia each have sharp chief economists whose mission is to get their respective companies' brands in front of consumers' noses. They do this by populating the interwebs with a never-ending stream of commentary and analysis of housing mark...
By Paul Hagey | Friday, December 19, 2014
Moms who code image via Shutterstock. Zillow gets creative in hunt for tech talent

Zillow gets creative in hunt for tech talent

Tech talent is in demand and real estate is just one industry courting the best and the brightest software engineers. Of the 123 current job openings at Zillow, just over half (62) are for technology positions. Tech positions also make up a ......
By Paul Hagey | Thursday, December 18, 2014
small talk big talk Realtor.com regrets, bulls and bears, and underestimate Redfin at your own expense

Realtor.com regrets, bulls and bears, and underestimate Redfin at your own expense

Anyone who underestimates Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman is crazy. Quirky, yes. Direct, yes. Master fundraiser, yes. True entrepreneur, yes. Irritates the hell out of the industry, yes ......
By Brad Inman | Thursday, December 18, 2014
trulia_zillow Zillow, Trulia shareholders approve merger

Zillow, Trulia shareholders approve merger

Zillow and Trulia are one step closer to consummating their proposed merger. At separate meetings at Zillow and Trulia’s respective headquarters this morning, shareholders in the firms voted to approve the deal that would bring Trulia into t...
By Paul Hagey | Thursday, December 18, 2014
realtordotcom News Corp. taps one of its own to lead realtor.com operator Move

News Corp. taps one of its own to lead realtor.com operator Move

Less than a month after closing its $950 million acquisition of realtor.com operator Move Inc., News Corp. is bringing in new leadership at the top, announcing today that News Corp. veteran Ryan O’Hara will take over the CEO reins from ......
By Paul Hagey | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Introductions image via Shutterstock. Referrals valued more than leads from third-party websites

Referrals valued more than leads from third-party websites

What makes a more promising lead: a stranger routed to you by a third-party website, or someone introduced to you by a friend? The answer may seem obvious, but the difference in quality between those types of leads can be ......
By Teke Wiggin | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Ivelin_Radkov_81830002 REO manager snatches up auction site RealtyBid.com

REO manager snatches up auction site RealtyBid.com

A real estate management firm that takes care of bank-owned homes and investment properties for clients has acquired the auction site RealtyBid.com, which it sees as a “proven disposition platform” for single-family residences and commerc...
By Inman | Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Noppasin_134680934 Indian listing portal lands $90M

Indian listing portal lands $90M

Locon Solutions, operator of Indian listing portal Housing.com, has nabbed $90 million in a funding round led by Japanese telecom behemoth SoftBank Group. The raise provides the latest indication that investors see promise in India’s onli...
By Teke Wiggin | Tuesday, December 16, 2014
pan-kung_222986092 Tackling safety with an app agents already use

Tackling safety with an app agents already use

When it came to developing a tool to boost agent safety, mobile real estate software company Homesnap had two challenges. First, it had to overcome complacency by creating something agents would use even if they were unlikely to encounter a ......
By Andrea V. Brambila | Monday, December 15, 2014
aldegonde_138306233 Zillow says 'not so fast' to Pinterest-like search site

Zillow says 'not so fast' to Pinterest-like search site

A new website that aims to help homebuyers discover the home of their dreams using a Pinterest-like interface could be off to a rocky launch, as it depends on pinboards of listings that users create when they surf other websites ......
By Brittany Morris | Monday, December 15, 2014
portal-watch Portal Watch: Murdoch behind the scenes, Trulia's new digs and Zillow's PR coup

Portal Watch: Murdoch behind the scenes, Trulia's new digs and Zillow's PR coup

Executives at Zillow and realtor.com have let it be known that in their minds, winning real estate industry hearts and minds will be the key to dominance. Today, realtor.com operator Move Inc.'s vice president of industry relations, Russ Cofano, put ...
By Paul Hagey | Friday, December 12, 2014
smarthome 10 smart-home devices to keep an eye on

10 smart-home devices to keep an eye on

The number of homeowners who install smart devices in their homes is set to swell as more “Internet of Things” technologies like smart thermostats and furniture hit the market. The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) expects unit sal...
By Teke Wiggin | Friday, December 12, 2014
small talk big talk Realtor lies, Russian corruption and a big deal in the works

Realtor lies, Russian corruption and a big deal in the works

Deal talk A big deal is cooking in real estate: I feel it in my bones, like I sensed it this summer when Zillow ate Trulia. (But I totally missed Rupert’s realtor.com gulp, proving I am wrong at least half ......
By Brad Inman | Thursday, December 11, 2014
Aeriel image via marekuliasz / Shutterstock.com. Drone pilots may have to wait until 2017 for FAA rules

Drone pilots may have to wait until 2017 for FAA rules

Real estate agents and marketers who fly drones to capture aerial photos and video of properties may have had their fingers crossed that the FAA would establish new rules governing the commercial use of unmanned aircraft next year. But testimony fr...
By Teke Wiggin | Thursday, December 11, 2014
furniture_hero A 3-D tech strategy for keeping agents top of mind

A 3-D tech strategy for keeping agents top of mind

Next-generation visual representations are gaining traction in real estate, helping agents win listings and prequalify buyers. But the Sereno Group’s partnership with 3-D tech provider InsideMaps points to another benefit for agents: helping them m...
By Teke Wiggin | Wednesday, December 10, 2014