Amazon HQ2 sent home prices skyrocketing in VA neighborhood

Six months after Amazon said it would build a major office in Arlington County, Virginia, home prices in the area have risen by $110,000.

Realtor.com lays off Arizona sales team, consolidates in California

The team in Scottsdale had been working on realtor.com’s lead generation and marketing products, which are geared toward real estate agents. Now, all those sales efforts at realtor.com will be consolidated into an office in Westlake Village, California…

Company that eliminates security deposits ‘locks’ in new partner

LeaseLock replaces security deposits with monthly fees and believes its new insurance partnership shows that the industry is embracing its business model.

HUD Secretary slammed for confusing REO with Oreo cookies

Despite the controversy that has swirled around his tenure, following the Oreo incident, Ben Carson attempted to downplay his apparent confusion.

Compass poaches entire Coldwell Banker team

Los Angeles-based WSA Real Estate operates in the tony western half of Los Angeles. Team members are now decamping for Compass, which is not acquiring the entity itself.

Trulia founder Pete Flint’s venture firm NFX raises $275M

NFX splits its investments equally between business-to-business companies and business-to-consumer companies but said that out of 3,000 firms seeking money this year it will ultimately only fund 0.5 percent.

Airbnb launches partnership with DNA testing company 23andMe

The partnership comes amid what Airbnb says is a rise in “heritage travel,” or trips people take to connect with their ancestors’ homelands.

Best friends 4ever? Redfin strikes deal with Zillow to list in 4 cities

Long-time rivals Zillow and Redfin have finally made peace — over one issue at least — and struck a deal that allows the former to directly host the latter’s listings in four U.S. cities.

NAR files motion to dismiss ‘bombshell’ buyer-side lawsuit

In a statement, NAR said it wants the suit thrown out because it “misrepresents” the organization’s rules that govern multiple listing services.

Rental brokerage Keyo will pay landlords even if tenants default

The “Keyo Guarantee” is currently available in New York City and ensures landlords will get up to two months’ rent if a tenant breaks or defaults on a lease.