Zillow Acquired Diverse Solutions: Three Interpretations

  So Zillow buys up IDX provider, Diverse Solutions. First of all, congratulations to Justin LaJoie and the rest of the team at Diverse Solutions, as well as to Spencer Rascoff and the folks over at Zillow. I don’t know what the real motivations behind the acquisition were, but at a minimum, you can say […]

[7DS] If By “Reinvent” One Means “Imitate”, I Agree

[Original post at 7DSassociates.com] There is a fascinating post on Find It Fill It blog (looks to me like this is a commercial real estate brokerage of some sort) about how Loopnet’s “crowdsourcing” model will reinvent commercial real estate as we know it: This is like aiming a cannon to your competition that’s holding a […]

[7DS] If By "Reinvent" One Means "Imitate", I Agree

[Original post at 7DSassociates.com] There is a fascinating post on Find It Fill It blog (looks to me like this is a commercial real estate brokerage of some sort) about how Loopnet’s “crowdsourcing” model will reinvent commercial real estate as we know it: This is like aiming a cannon to your competition that’s holding a […]

Zillow’s Newspaper Gambit: A Possible Parallel

Eric Blackwell of Bloodhound picks up on this story that Zillow has entered into a relationship with a number of newspapers and asks a series of pointed questions. The comments section has some hot and heavy action going on therein, and it makes for an entertaining read. I saw this deal cross the news earlier […]

Zillow's Newspaper Gambit: A Possible Parallel

Eric Blackwell of Bloodhound picks up on this story that Zillow has entered into a relationship with a number of newspapers and asks a series of pointed questions. The comments section has some hot and heavy action going on therein, and it makes for an entertaining read. I saw this deal cross the news earlier […]

Romance, Rejection, Drama! The Saga of CoStar and REIS

Thanks to a comment on my About page, I thought to look into the dance going on between CoStar and Reis. It’s fascinating stuff, actually. If the story weren’t being told through boring press releases, SEC filings, and dated news clippings, it might make for a great opera, full of passion and melodrama. As a […]

Some Numbers That Make Me Go Hmmm…

(Management suggests you click play while you read this post.) So while just browsing around looking for info (because I wanted to respond to something Alan Bernier of Rofo.com posted), I found something rather interesting: We believe we are the leading online marketplace for commercial real estate in the United States, based on the number […]

Wishing Rofo.com Much Luck

Thanks to Pat Kitano, I saw the cute YouTube ad that San Francisco based Rofo.com produced.  Pat already discussed the video itself, and how it shows that smart, creative people can product TV-quality advertising on a fraction of the budget.  I agree with him on all points there. All I want to do is wish […]

NAR Jumps Into The Commercial Fray

This is big news that portends intensely amusing times ahead: A National Association of Realtors tech incubator company has acquired a commercial real estate data exchange company and plans to use its technology to launch a national commercial real estate listing and transaction platform in May. Second Century Ventures LLC, a private equity fund established […]

Feel the Power of the Dark Side

With everyone focusing on the gloomy residential real estate market, I thought it might be interesting to take a look at what’s happening over on the Dark Side of the Force, aka, commercial real estate. CoStar released their Q4 financial results recently, and boy, are they impressive: BETHESDA, Md., Feb. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — CoStar Group, […]