NWMLS Levys Big Fine for Using Zillow’s “Coming Soon”

Back in June when Zillow launched their “Coming Soon” listing feature, we pointed out here that you wouldn’t be likely to see “Coming Soon” listings in the Seattle area due to an explicit NWMLS rule forbidding member agents from “promoting or advertising any property in any manner whatsoever” before entering the home’s listing into the […]

Rebls: A New Matchmaking Service For Off-Market Homes

Rebls: A New Matchmaking Service For Off-Market Homes

King County homeowners and homebuyers have another new option as Rebls—a matchmaking service for off-market homes—officially launches today. I connected with the Rebls team a few months ago and have had a few conversations with its founders Bryan Copley and Jeff White. What they’re doing is an interesting and unique approach to buying and selling. […]

Guess the Price Round 8: Wallingford Craftsman

Guess the Price Round 8: Wallingford Craftsman

It’s been far too long since our last game of “Guess the Price,” so let’s kick off a new round. Here’s how the game works. I’ll describe a home that’s currently on the market, giving you as many pros and cons as I can, and you guess what the final sale price will be when/if […]

Choice Quotes From Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff

If you think Zillow is primarily a real estate search site, and that home buyers and sellers are Zillow’s customers, you are wrong. Zillow is a lead generation site. Home buyers and sellers who use Zillow are the “leads.” They are not the customer, they are the product that is being sold to real estate […]

Three Months in, Zillow’s “Coming Soon” Barely a Blip

After being sharply criticized by both real estate agents and consumer groups, just a little over three months after the well-publicized launch of their new “Coming Soon” listing feature, Zillow’s attempt to convince listing agents to share their pocket listings seems to be a flop. Between the feature’s June 12 launch and my initial data […]

Local 3D Tour Tech Upstart Surefield Design-Jacked by Heavyweight Competitor Matterport

Local 3D Tour Tech Upstart Surefield Design-Jacked by Heavyweight Competitor Matterport

Local startup Surefield launched as a brokerage in April, offering home sellers detailed, virtual-reality-style online 3D tours. A major part of their site is the listing detail pages, which hold their signature 3D tours and basic listing info about the home. Most other real estate listing sites have settled on a fairly standard layout for […]

Cheapest Homes: September 2014 Edition

Cheapest Homes: September 2014 Edition

Let’s check in again on the cheapest homes around Seattle proper. Here’s our methodology: I search the listings for the cheapest homes currently on the market, excluding short sales, in the city of Seattle proper. Any properties that are in obvious states of extreme disrepair based on listing photos and descriptions will be excluded. This […]