Portal that has its sights set on Zillow acquires Title365 for $36 million

In another step in its quest  to build an end-to-end real estate marketplace that will outdo top real estate portals Zillow, Trulia and realtor.com, HomeSearch.com operator Solutionstar is set to acquire title insurance and settlement services provider Title365. The $36 …

Hacker profile: Jonas Boli

Jonas Boli, the product and engineering manager at Zillow, answers some questions …

Zillow taking 5 more floors in Seattle high-rise

If brick-and-mortar investments are any indication, operators of real estate’s two most popular sites, Zillow and Trulia, are projecting further digital dominance. Zillow announced today that it’s taking over five more floors in the 42-floor Russell Investments Center, which will …

Newspaper giants’ real estate portal set for big expansion

When real estate advertising began leaving newspapers over the last decade and shifted online, it took a big chunk of the industry’s revenue and sent the paper media giants into what could be called a free fall. In 2009, three newspaper giants — Gannet …

A first glimpse at how News Corp. will expand realtor.com’s reach

Media giant News Corp., which just closed its acquisition of realtor.com operator Move Inc. last week, is already tying the home search portal to several of its publications. The Wall Street Journal now features a widget in the right column of its online [&hellip …

2015 outlook Steven James

Are you optimistic about 2015? Yes, I am very positive about the economy, especially in NYC. Our market continues to be strong, robust and challenging. We are coming to the end of our greatest year in our 100-plus-year history. What [&hellip …

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 …

Real estate portals don’t need to be brokerages to disrupt brokers

On the surface, Zillow’s inaugural Premier Agent Forum in Las Vegas was focused on highlighting the next generation of Zillow products and helping agents get the most out of the Zillow platform. Hosting a conference is a common play for technology providers in other industries – Oracle and Salesforce among the most notable – yet Zillow’s stands out in real estate as one of the biggest branded confabs, more akin to Keller William’s Family Reunion and Re/Max’s Re/Charge …

Zillow to shutter collaborative home search tool Agentfolio

Once hailed as the next hot tool for real estate pros, Zillow is shutting down its relatively new collaborative home search tool Agentfolio next year because of a lack of agent adoption. Zillow acquired Buyfolio in 2012 and relaunched it as Agentfolio in June …

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 …