How online deals will reshape the real estate industry

SAN FRANCISCO — When you see something weird or broken in the world, you have two choices: wait for someone else to fix it or fix it yourself. That’s according to John Collison, 27-year-old Irishman and founder of online payment processor Stripe. The …

The best thing to ever happen to landlords, property managers and renters

After 10 years of experience managing, owning, living in and designing software for rental properties, I can say without hesitation that Cozy is the best online solution for both landlords and renters alike …

Cozy now offers free credit and background screening to independent landlords

Horror stories about tenants ripping off landlords are all too common — especially for smaller landlords and property management companies, who have a more challenging time facilitating a proper background check …

Rental startup’s free digital rent service is a Trojan horse

My rent check is one of the few checks I write on a regular basis, and each month the process of filling it out, sliding it in an envelope and dropping it in my landlord’s mailbox feels slightly irritating and increasingly anachronistic …

Companies vie to provide paperless rental applications to the masses

Two years after launching as a rental marketplace, Zumper is finally doing what it set out to accomplish from the very beginning: streamline the rental application process by bringing it online. With the release of the Zumper Rental Application, aka “Zapp,” rental brokers, agents, property …

Apartment Guide owner RentPath acquires rental marketplace Lovely for $13M

RentPath Inc., owner of the popular rental sites Apartment Guide and Rent.com, has acquired rental marketplace Lovely for $13 million in cash. Lovely, which launched as a rental search site in its hometown of San Francisco in 2011 and nationwide …

Rental platform Zumper raises $6.5M in Series A funding round

Rental site Zumper has raised $6.5 million in a Series A funding round it says it will use to become an end-to-end rentals service. Zumper powers a nationwide apartment search and rental listings management platform. The funding, led by venture …

Rental marketplace Cozy acquires educational website Landlordology

Rental marketplace Cozy has acquired the landlord-focused education website Landlordology as part of the San Francisco-based startup’s 2014 expansion plans. Washington, D.C.-based Landlordology is a one-person operation that provides in-depth articles, guides and practical tips to small landlords. Landlordology started …

Real estate recovery sets stage for 2014 tech, acquisition boom

Propelled by rising home prices and home sales, housing markets around the U.S. marched toward “normal” this year, laying the groundwork for a real estate tech and acquisition boom in 2014. The recovering housing market boosted the stock prices and …

Lovely’s Rentmatic acquisition furthers goal of being full-service rental platform

Lovely, one of several firms that have cropped up recently to handle the software needs of small-time landlords and property managers and renters themselves, has acquired the rent payment processing firm Rentmatic, taking another step in its quest to b…