Abodo, a rental search site, raises additional $4.8 million

Startup's human-bot assistants can find listings, answer questions from renters
  • Abodo offers a conventional rental search experience as well as free human and bot-assisted "local experts" that can dig up listings on behalf of home hunters.
  • The rental startup has raised an additional $4.8 million.
  • Online assistances are popping up across the industry, promising to simply the search experience but also potentially raising legal questions.

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Consumers who search for homes online typically have to input their property search preferences and then fish out possible matches from a pool of listing search results. But what if they could get someone to do that for them -- and for free? That's a service that rental search site Abodo offers, setting it apart from many competitors. $4.8 in funding; human-bot hybrid assistants Sample conversation between an ABODO 'local expert' and prospective renter. The Madison, Wisconsin-based startup recently raised another $4.8 million in a Series A funding round, bringing its total funding to $8 million. In addition to providing a conventional property search experience, Abodo serves up human-bot hybrid assistants that can shoot over batches of listings via Abodo's mobile app based on requests. Abodo is experimenting with selling leads to agents and says it's online assistants are not designed to replace agents. The startup says it's also rolled out the "the in...