Opendoor CEO: Agents will become advisers as automation takes over

Eric Wu said he envisions a future where everyone uses Opendoor to buy and sell their home in a frictionless transaction that is eventually low-cost or free.

Take a sneak peek at a new productivity platform — built for small brokers

Austin broker Lara Gabriele is developing HomeWayz, a system to help small brokers compete with the tide of “agent-displacing” third-party products, that will debut at Inman Connect Las Vegas.

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.”

New Zillow CEO saw iBuying as ‘existential threat,’ envisions changes to agent ad model

Zillow dived into iBuying after seeing it as an “existential threat,” the company’s newly reinstalled CEO said this week, and he anticipates major changes to its current practice of charging agents for a subscription to get leads.

Apartment rental tech startup Blueground raises another $20M

Tenants can use a mobile app to book cleaners, request maintenance or switch to another Blueground apartment in a new neighborhood or city.

Emprove makes home improvement planning easy for agents and their clients

The image-based tool can help users predict the price and scope of renovations and improvement projects with smart graphic breakdowns. Agents can use it to help sway potential buyers and to give value to seller clients.

Here’s how RE/MAX plans to end consumers’ Zillow addiction

RE/MAX will begin previewing its forthcoming end-to-end real estate platform for agents and consumers this week at its R4 conference in Las Vegas.

Zillow thinks its iBuyer will dwarf Premier Agent within 5 years

Zillow plans to purchase an average of 5,000 homes per month for all-cash from people around the country, and the company’s Homes division that oversees Zillow Offers will bring in expected annualized revenue of about $20 billion.

Discount brokerage Trelora promotes Brady Miller to CEO

Brady Miller, the new CEO, has been at Trelora since August. He previously served as the CFO of Leeds West Group, which owns and manages automotive repair businesses. 

See the ‘Ugliest House of the Year’ and its glorious renovation

The “Ugliest House of the Year” award went to a property purchased as a run-down 1,700-square-foot Tudor-style home in Queens, New York, last fall.