Company that eliminates security deposits ‘locks’ in new partner

LeaseLock replaces security deposits with monthly fees and believes its new insurance partnership shows that the industry is embracing its business model.

ERA Real Estate partners with HomeAdvisor for concierge services

HomeAdvisor provides access to a range of painting, landscaping and home repair professionals.

Trulia founder Pete Flint’s venture firm NFX raises $275M

NFX splits its investments equally between business-to-business companies and business-to-consumer companies but said that out of 3,000 firms seeking money this year it will ultimately only fund 0.5 percent.

Missing girl found safe after Ring camera captures kidnapping

A missing girl in Texas whose kidnapping was captured on a Ring camera has been found safe and returned to her parents.

Airbnb launches partnership with DNA testing company 23andMe

The partnership comes amid what Airbnb says is a rise in “heritage travel,” or trips people take to connect with their ancestors’ homelands.

Inside the mass exodus at Purplebricks US

The U.K.-based discount brokerage launched in the U.S. in 2017 and has had a massive turnover in leadership roles in recent months.

Meet the man behind the viral Amazon tiny home

The DIY homes have been reimagined as art galleries, chapels and Airbnb rentals since going viral last week. No one is more surprised than Allwood Outlet CEO Tapani Pekkala.

Best friends 4ever? Redfin strikes deal with Zillow to list in 4 cities

Long-time rivals Zillow and Redfin have finally made peace — over one issue at least — and struck a deal that allows the former to directly host the latter’s listings in four U.S. cities.

Rental brokerage Keyo will pay landlords even if tenants default

The “Keyo Guarantee” is currently available in New York City and ensures landlords will get up to two months’ rent if a tenant breaks or defaults on a lease.

Success stories from Startup Alley: FIRST

For real estate agents and brokers, most of their new listings will come from their sphere of influence. Which means staying in touch with people they already know is paramount to driving business. But while the average homeowner moves every 7 or so ye…