Real Estate Listings Little Impacted by DOJ Settlement

Several years ago, it looked like real estate brokerages might be marginalized by “Virtual Office Websites” (VOWS) that grabbed multiple listings service listings from the Web, using a licensed agent. They then acted as cut-rate sales agents to home buyers. At the time, it was envisioned that major online entities such as Yahoo! might use … Read more

Real Estate Listings Little Impacted by DOJ Settlement

Several years ago, it looked like real estate brokerages might be marginalized by “Virtual Office Websites” (VOWS) that grabbed multiple listings service listings from the Web, using a licensed agent. They then acted as cut-rate sales agents to home buyers.  At the time, it was envisioned that major online entities such as Yahoo! might use … Read more

Trulia Selling Realtors Unlimited Self-Serve Ads

The frontiers of Web based, self-serve advertising moved (a little) today, as Trulia introduced Trulia Pro, a new “starter” package for Realtors that provides unlimited “featured listings” and “Spotlight Ads” that Realtors use for branding. Trulia claims that its featured listings capability boosts views by four-to-seven times. Trulia Pro enables Realtors to place their ads on a … Read more

Relocating? New Service Finds Similar Neighborhoods

Neighborhood-level intelligence isn’t always easy to find, for residents, travelers or resettlers. We have neighborhood boundaries, courtesy of the sociologists and mapmakers at Urban Mapping. But other information can be scant.  Now we have another view from the real estate brain-trust of Niki Scevak’s Homethinking, which rolls out a service today that lets users compare neighborhoods in cities. An … Read more

LA Times Kills its Sunday Real Estate Section

To save costs and reduce reading time, many newspapers have begun to downsize the daily print edition, cut back pages, and delete stock tables. They’ve also downsized editorial. Now, several have begun to fold in dedicated sections for various verticals, including business and real estate. (At the same time, other verticals continue to be developed, … Read more

‘Local Mobile’ Heats Up; A Look at Verve Wireless

Local publishers, seeing the boom in text messaging and the Web surfing capabilities of the iPhone, are taking mobile more seriously as a channel for their content and advertising. Clearly, the mobile opportunity for local publishers has now gone beyond banners, to embrace text messages, email, video and integration with the ad networks. At this … Read more

Real Estate Coup: The Washington Post Quits HomeFinder for Trulia

The Washington Post is switching its local real estate search from Classified Ventures’ HomeFinder.com to Trulia. The switch takes place in April, and is being announced just after Classified Ventures’ introduction of the Home Finder brand, which replaces the HomeScape brand. The move from a Classified Ventures, Inc. (CVI) product is somewhat surprising, in part because The Washington Post Co. is a … Read more

Classified Ventures LLC is Valued at $338 million; Down 13%

Classified Ventures LLC, the holding company for Cars.com, Homescape, Apartments.com, RentalHomesPlus, and HomeGain that is jointly owned by McClatchy, A.H. Belo Corp., Gannett Co., Tribune Co. and The Washington Post Co. is now valued at $338 million. The valuation, contained in a 10 K filed by McClatchy Corp., is 13 percent below the $382 million that the company was valued at in December … Read more