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. […]

Tim’s New Obsession: Redfin Collections

Full disclosure: The Tim is employed by Redfin. Redfin (my employer) just launched a fun new feature today: Redfin Collections. With Collections you can curate publicly-visible galleries of listing photos from nearly all of Redfin’s markets across the country. Although I was not at all connected to the team that developed this feature, as an […]

MLS-Powered Search Sites Hold Major Advantage Over Zillow & Trulia

Full disclosure: The Tim is employed by Redfin. Earlier this month, Redfin released the results of an in-depth study of real estate listing accuracy across various websites, including Redfin, Windermere, Zillow, and Trulia. The results will not surprise anyone who has attempted to do any serious home searching on these sites, but I still wanted […]

What Features are Real Estate Sites Missing?

I’ll be in San Francisco today and Friday for Redfin’s semiannual Hackathon, an intense coding marathon where our crack team of software developers come together from Seattle, San Francisco, and Austin to crank out incredible experimental features in mere hours. The basic format has ten teams of four to six developers competing to produce the […]

How-To: Find Bank-Owned Homes

I received a few questions in the comments and via email last week about how to find bank-owned homes, so I thought I’d put together a little guide. For the purposes of this post, we’ll consider foreclosures in three stages: Pre-Foreclosure, Unlisted Bank-Owned, and On-Market Bank-Owned. Pre-Foreclosure A home in pre-foreclosure is one where the […]