Redfin Gains Instant National Footprint With Acquisition of Walk Score

Redfin Gains Instant National Footprint With Acquisition of Walk Score

Full disclosure: The Tim is currently a Redfin shareholder. Well this is interesting. Redfin was one of the last real estate search sites to integrate Walk Score into their listing pages. Today Redfin announced that they have acquired Walk Score. From Redfin’s blog post: The acquisition is Redfin’s first and the reason for it is […]

Alternative Brokerage Spotlight: Redfin

Alternative Brokerage Spotlight: Redfin

Full disclosure: The Tim was employed by Redfin, and is currently a shareholder. Read the series intro: Alternative Brokerages Flourishing Around Seattle First up in our in-depth series on alternative brokerages around Seattle is the technology-powered real estate brokerage Redfin. Redfin was started here in Seattle in 2004, and currently serves buyers and sellers in […]

Alternative Brokerages Flourishing Around Seattle

Alternative Brokerages Flourishing Around Seattle

Full disclosure: The Tim was employed by Redfin, and is currently a shareholder. WaLaw Realty and Quill Realty are current advertisers on Seattle Bubble. For some reason, the Seattle area has become home to the cutting edge of real estate. On the technology front, we’re home to Redfin, Estately, Zillow, ActiveRain (a division of Trulia), […]

Sleazy Kirkland Brokerage Rips Off Redfin Design & Code

Sleazy Kirkland Brokerage Rips Off Redfin Design & Code

Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but straight up ripping off someone else’s hard work is… something else. The latter describes what Asset Realty Group, a sleazy Kirkland-based brokerage, is clearly guilty of. Let’s take a tour of a shameless rip off, shall we? Home Page The home pages are very similar, but […]

“Shadow Inventory” Conspiracy Theories Are Nonsense

“Shadow Inventory” Conspiracy Theories Are Nonsense

For some reason, a couple weeks ago the Seattle Times website featured a syndicated article about RealtyTrac’s “Vampire REO” nonsense, which in addition to being a completely worthless bit of non-news, was already weeks old when it appeared on the front page of the Seattle Times website. In the comments to the article I did […]

Zillow & Trulia Still Apathetic About Data Quality

Zillow & Trulia Still Apathetic About Data Quality

As regular readers here may know, after the world’s longest home search, I finally bought a house in May 2011. Specifically, we closed on May 20, 2011 and paid $224,950. Last week I happened to pull up my home on Zillow, and was greeted with an interesting surprise. According to Zillow, I purchased my home […]

A Change of Venue

After three great years spending my days digging through data on homes for sale at Redfin and building a comprehensive empire of timely housing market reports from the ground up, I am no longer a professional agent of the real estate industrial complex. As of today, I have started a new gig working on data-driven […]