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Re: Virtual Realty: The Online Real Estate Detente
Posted by: Renay San Miguel 2008-12-09 16:53:28
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How did Seattle become the home for technology companies that want to help you buy or sell ... a home? Sure, it's where Microsoft and Amazon are based, and it's a well-educated, tech-savvy community, and the University of Washington churns out more than its share of software engineers. But why real estate? "Several years ago, there was a surprisingly large gap as far as meaningful real estate Web sites that focus on the consumer," Amy Bohutinsky, vice president of communications for real estate data company Zillow.com, told the E-Commerce Times.

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Posted by: JohnOldham 2008-12-09 16:59:35 In reply to: Renay San Miguel
Thank you for an insightful article chronicling the growth of Real Estate on the Internet. Seattle has been a hub of technology growth and it is good to see companies in the Northwest build on technologies that preceded their entry into the market such as ZipRealty (1999), Homegain (1997) and Trulia (2004).

My company, ZipRealty (www.ziprealty.com), launched in 1999 is the most highly trafficked real estate brokerage on the Web and one of the top-five most popular real estate Internet destinations overall according to recent Hitwise data.

As pioneers in this space, ZipRealty, along with the companies mentioned in your article have been a part of the explosive growth of home buyers and sellers using the Internet. We, in the Industry, will continue to see a move towards greater transparency in the information that consumers access and continuous innovation in the tools that assist in the buying or selling of a home.

-- John Oldham, Director of Marketing, ZipRealty
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