Compass doesn’t care if it builds or buys its technology: Reffkin

A month and a half after Compass surprised the real estate industry by snatching up CRM maker Contactually, Robert Reffkin said he doesn’t care if his company builds or buys its technology.

Airbnb acquires HotelTonight, last-minute booking app

The rental-by-owner company announced the acquisition Thursday, saying in a statement that HotelTonight will help further Airbnb’s mission to “create a world where anyone can belong anywhere.”

Should Amazon buy Redfin?

Amazon is already dabbling in real estate and has hinted it might have bigger plans, but this week, one analyst floated a way the company could take the plunge and become a major force in the sector: buy online brokerage Redfin.

Propertybase acquires lead gen firm BoldLeads

The deal includes targeted ad capabilities and customized landing pages for agents.

EXp appoints new chief collaboration officer, hinting at more acquisitions

EXp Realty’s parent company eXp World Holdings announced changes to its executive leadership team on Thursday. The company has hired Jeff Whiteside to serve in a dual role as chief financial officer and chief collaboration officer. Alan Goldman, previously the CFO of both eXp Realty and eXp World Holdings, will still serve as the brokerage’s CFO and additionally as chief accounting officer of eXp World Holdings.

Constellation acquires Baynet World

CREG sought Baynet as a natural evolution in its effort to consolidate technology solutions for real estate professionals under a single brand.

3 key factors at play in every successful brokerage acquisition

Acquiring a brokerage can be a great move for your real estate business — if it’s the right fit and the right time. Here are three key steps you should take if your goal is a successful acquisition.

OJO Labs acquires WolfNet Technologies

The deal merges the new consumer-facing property search tool OJO with a trusted agent-and-broker focused software and data company in the form of WolfNet.

Design-focused indie brokerage Deasy/Penner acquires Podley Properties

SoCal-based luxury real estate brokerage Deasy/Penner has acquired Podley Properties, an independently owned brokerage with a team of 175 agents and 20 support staff spread across six offices in Altadena, Glendora, La Canada, Monrovia, Pasadena and Sierra Madre. 

Lead cultivation tool HelloAlex acquires Botplan for undisclosed sum

Automated lead qualification company HelloAlex announced this week the acquisition of Botplan, a chat tool for engaging online leads.