In the early 1980s, my mother was in charge of the audience and ushers at the Starlight and Midland theaters in Kansas City.
The Starlight was a large, brick, outdoor amphitheater with columns covered in vines. It was so close to the zoo that, at dusk, you could hear monkeys laugh out loud through the thick humidity.
With the three biggest online real estate companies all reporting year-end 2012 earnings this week, I thought it might be interesting to compare the three and see how they stacked up.
Here are the three releases, in case you want to play along:
Fast-growing real estate marketplace Zillow saw profits fall 44 percent from a year ago during the fourth quarter of 2012, but shares in the company soared to a 52-week high today on expectations for future growth.
Zillow reported that fourth-quarter 2012 revenue was up 73 percent from a year ago, to $34.4 million, but net earnings fell to $500,000, down from $900,000 during the same period in 2011.