The company behind the slogan "We Buy Ugly Houses" has prevailed in an arbitration proceeding against the previous owner of a domain name that allegedly used the company’s trademark to offer links to competing services.
Dallas-based HomeVestors of America Inc., which claims to be the "No. 1 buyer of houses in the U.S.," has been franchising since 1996 and has about 276 franchises in 37 states. The company claims its franchisees, who are authorized to use the "We Buy Ugly Houses" trademark, have spent more than $100 million advertising the brand.
Online real estate marketplace Auction.com has debuted a mobile application for iPad tablets that lets users bid for homes on the go. Auction.com already had an iPad app that allowed users to monitor the progress of auctions, but the new one lets them actually participate in them, just as they may on a desktop.