These were the biggest iBuyer stories of 2018

The iBuying market exploded this year, to the point that its rapid expansion has become one of the year’s most dominant real estate stories.

The essential guide to iBuyers

What you need to know about this fast-growing category of real estate tech, where it’s available and how to use it to grow your own business.

iBuyers are fueling Wall Street’s rental takeover

Homebuying startups that offer quick sales to antsy sellers are fueling the steady incursion of mammoth investors into the single-family rental market.

Offerpad to launch in Houston and San Antonio in 2019

Not long after coming to Dallas, Offerpad is planting its roots further in Texas, with Houston and San Antonio launches planned for 2019.

Agents OnDemand lets users hail agents like they’re Uber drivers

The app lets homebuyers search for agents “on duty” in their area and connects them directly for showings and other business. Users pay nothing, agents pay $30 a month.

Zillow Offers will launch in Charlotte and Raleigh this winter

The expansion to these two North Carolina cities also puts Zillow’s nascent but quickly expanding homebuying and reselling program up against competing “iBuyers,” namely Knock and Opendoor. 

How mergers, money and machines are reshaping real estate

The real estate industry is a space ripe for change and disruption — from the way homes are bought and sold, to how people are paying and who’s doing that buying and selling. With change happening at such a torrid pace, it’s often hard to keep up, so we at Inman have rounded up the five biggest trends that are shaping the industry right now.

Keller Williams gets into iBuying

Keller Williams has been quietly testing an iBuyer program for more than a year in an undisclosed market. Darryl Frost, a spokesperson for Keller Williams, told Inman the company has closed nearly 100 transactions, but it’s not ready to go to market; it’s still in the ideation stage.

How a small Minnesota brokerage is using Opendoor to its advantage

A Minnesota boutique indie is jumping into the iBuyer game — not armed with the capital of companies like Zillow, Knock, Redfin and Offerpad — but with a partner in Opendoor.

New iBuyer gets $1B to flip heavily renovated homes at no-haggle prices

A new, extremely well-funded online homeselling startup has entered the fray. It offers a platform that lets buyers search, tour, finance and close on a home and looks positioned to flip thousands of homes in the years ahead.