Hedge fund sees Zillow becoming a $50B company

Hedge fund Caledonia Private Investments expects Zillow’s valuation to soar to $50 billion, which would mean the 9-year-old firm has just begun to scratch the surface of its potential worth. Caledonia is Zillow’s biggest investor, so they would think that, right? So [&hellip …

Curated intelligence about the Big 3

Zillow, Trulia and realtor.com are rocking the real estate world. Inman plans to keep you up to speed on these giants in a weekly feature, “Portal watch,” that explains what they are doing for you and against you, and how …

Let’s all celebrate the quiet demise of IDX and move on

I had a very interesting conversation with a large Midwestern brokerage a few weeks ago. Their lead volume had dropped off the table and was on a seemingly irreversible downward trajectory. They’d done their analyses, tweaked things, tested things — …

Zillow agrees to hold off Trulia acquisition until at least February

Zillow has agreed not to close its pending acquisition of Trulia before Feb. 1 as the Federal Trade Commission continues its review of the deal. The FTC has been studying how a Zillow-Trulia merger could impact competition, and made second requests for …

Trulia says agents can engage leads faster with its new software

Trulia has announced new software that it says will make it easier than ever for real estate agents to rapidly engage and organize leads. Building on a customer relationship management system developed by Market Leader, which Trulia acquired last year, the company has fashioned its …

Look for Zillow agent reviews and ratings to start showing up all over the Internet

Brokerages, multiple listing services and agents will soon be able to showcase agent reviews and ratings generated by Zillow on their own websites at no charge by pulling the data through an application programming interface (API) that should be ready …

Trulia could add a fourth agent to ‘three-headed monster’ ads

After adding a third agent advertiser slot to the query box on listing detail pages this year, Trulia could conceivably add a fourth in 2015, CEO Pete Flint told investors on the firm’s third-quarter earnings call. Flint said that the firm …

5 myths about mega producers

Mega real estate producers are an enigma. They have secrets and magic formulas and know things the rest of us don’t, which is why they’re so much more successful than everyone else, right? Ironically, some of the biggest misconceptions about top producers are also the biggest reasons many agents don’t and won’t ever achieve that level of success …

MLS that withheld listings makes peace with realtor.com

Realtor.com now identifies the listing agent on all for-sale listings, and will soon give them the opportunity to provide linkbacks to their own websites from their profile pages on the site, prompting North Alabama Multiple Listing Service to turn its…

Lead ‘nurturing’ platform offered as stand-alone software

Zurple is now making its lead conversion platform available to agents for $49 a month as a stand-alone software package, without requiring that they buy leads from the company. The new offering, “Conversations by Zurple,” integrates with Zillow and Trulia …