Redfin expands 1% listing fee to 18 new markets

Half a percent might not seem like much, but Redfin has gotten a lot of mileage out of snipping that from its 1.5 percent list-side commission in some markets. Now the high-tech brokerage, which went public at the end of July, has rolled out this lower…

Will digital middlemen become toll booths for real estate agents?

Tech giants like Zillow Group, Facebook and Google are charging increasing fees for access to a growing share of homebuyers and sellers and tipping the scales in favor of agents and teams who can spend big, invest in technology and operate at lower margins. Smaller agents and big brokerages are under rising pressure to keep up …

New home search tool uses bots to match your style

When homebuyers begin their search, they’re not necessarily thinking most about price, size and bedroom count, said Creed Smith, a Denver-area broker and real estate technologist …

Homes.com now features rentals from Apartment List

Prospective renters perusing popular search portal Homes.com will now come across listings for U.S. rental communities from Apartment List, an online rental marketplace …

Atlanta is now ground zero for iBuyer war

Will iBuyers like Opendoor go mainstream or stay niche? Keep your eye on Atlanta for the answer. The market has became the first where the major iBuyers — Opendoor, OfferPad and Knock — are all going toe to toe, setting up the city to be a battlegrou…

Brokerage claims Texas’s first bitcoin home purchase

A Texas brokerage claims to be the first in the Lone Star state to have closed on a home purchased with bitcoin …

Realtor.com owner tests the ‘holy grail’ of agent software

Take FiveStreet’s lead-follow up, mix it with Top Producer’s CRM and add Reesio’s transaction management. What do you get? One system to rule them all, and a big real estate tech experiment from realtor.com-owner Move Inc …

Purplebricks is here: UK low-fee brokerage invades LA

U.K. hybrid brokerage Purplebricks launched in the Los Angeles area today, marking its official U.S. debut. The renegade’s expansion from across the pond draws on more than $60 million raised in a special stock offering …

Roomeze wants to find you a roomie who doesn’t suck

Dirty dishes for days. Parties while you’re trying to sleep. Country music blaring from the basement. Everyone has a roommate horror story, and trying to nab an apartment to share with suitable company can be extremely difficult.  …

‘Not sexy,’ but needed: Hurdlr wins Realogy FWD

Hurdlr, a business expenses and income-tracking app, was voted the most innovative startup at Realogy FWD, Realogy’s annual startup competition …