Moved, a home moving startup, closes $3.2M funding round

The startup pairs people with an assistant who coordinates the moving process while serving as a “consumer advocate” to protect users from shady vendors.

GoldenKey, a real estate services marketplace, raises another $1.8M

Some real estate agents bristle at idea of working with clients on a fee-for-service basis, but Latrice McFadden says the technique helped her generate $10,000 in extra income last year …

SoloPro doubles real estate fees and rebrands to GoldenKey

SoloPro, a marketplace that lets consumers hire agents to perform one-off or bundled services for flat fees, has rebranded to GoldenKey, with the aim of projecting an image that’s more inclusive of real estate agents. Also, in a hat tip to agents, Solo…

Inman Connect speed wrap: Provoking, flipping and dropping bombs

Last week was Inman Connect in San Francisco, one of the best events of the year (and no, not only for the parties). I’m writing to you from a campground in the Cascade mountains, so I’ll try to wrap up a lot of content quickly …

Will new commission models die in the next downturn?

Alternative business models that offer new commission models including a reduced commission in exchange for less service typically explode in seller’s markets. Do these models represent the future, or will most disappear in the next downturn …

Realogy now accepting applications for FWD Innovation Summit

The fourth annual gathering is for entrepreneurs and early-stage technology companies who are working to improve the real estate industry through innovative tech tools and platforms. Only 15 applicants will be chosen to hit the main stage …

The real estate revolution is here

In Sam DeBord’s recent article, he painted an inaccurate picture of our company, SoloPro. DeBord called us “tech bros” and compared us to “sociopaths” with “money to burn.” Hunched behind the barricades, he, along with a horde of commenters who could benefit from an understanding of our model (and sometimes a spell-check feature and a lesson on decency), defended the traditional real estate model …

The no. 1 rule for disrupting an industry? Do your homework

Picture the scene: “Tech bros” with money to burn surround the table. The disruptor-in-chief is rallying the troops to the tune of nine figures. The pitch is some variation of a model that has failed repeatedly and without exception for decades. “Today…

SoloPro says it ‘blows up’ real estate agent commissions

In a nod to the traditional real estate service model, SoloPro, a startup that connects homebuyers and sellers with third-party real estate agents that perform one-off services for flat fees, has now begun bundling some of those services into package d…

Lowe’s and media group backing fee-for-service agent marketplace

Real estate agents who wish homebuyers and sellers would pay agents for individual tasks rather than for a bundle of services have slightly more cause for hope. SOLOpro — a marketplace that lets buyers and sellers pay flat fees for individual services from real estate agents and can offer up to a 3 percent rebate to buyers when a transaction closes — has raised another $1.6 million, including a “strategic investment” from a North Carolina media company that could potentially boost the startup’s exposure to consumers …