Zillow in the News
Zillow is an exciting new company to watch since it uses the mashup idea and adds more. At a recent keynote I gave I refered to its offerings as “maps with smarts” to distinguish it from “dots on a map” type mashups. I suggested we’d see more of that kind of “advanced mashups.”
The company has been in the news quite a bit in the last week or so:
Zillow.com President and cofounder Lloyd Frink received a less than warm welcome from the California Association of Realtors conference at the Long Beach Convention Center recently. They felt he might put them out of a job as his Expedia did travel agents. Competitor Realtor.com’s president Allan Dalton made fun of the Zestimates, comparing them to “guess your weight” games at the circus.
- OC Register
Zillow opened up its database to let homeowners update the information. Twenty-three days later, 100,000 peopel did so.
- Seattle Post Intelligencer blog
Refin, a real estate site that helps people find “fixer uppers” now taps into Zillow’s API.
- Milwaukee Business Journal
Robert Scoble says they have nice offices at ZIllow and will announce something soon.
Most interesting to me is a blog post at ZD asking the question who is most likely to acquire Zillow? From bottom to top Russel Shaw suggests:
Realogy (they own Century21)
IAC/InterActive Corp. (they own Lending Tree and Ask.com)
- ZD IP/Telephony Blog