Real Estate


In UK, interest conflicts impact estate agencies

In UK, interest conflicts impact estate agencies

Jefferies, the investment bank, is in an unusual position when it knocks Purplebricks, the disruptive online U.K. estate agency. It works directly with three competitors of Purplebricks, and always seems to have something negative to say about Purplebricks, as this detailed analysis shows.


RealEstate.co.jp partners with rental expert Nissho

RealEstate.co.jp partners with rental expert Nissho

RealEstate.co.jp, the real estate site of Japan's GPlus Media with a focus on foreign tourists, has so far closed four business alliances to enhance its database of property listings, and so better meet the growing demand for accommodation from inbound travelers.


AtHome’s new chatbot turns into a hit in Japan

AtHome’s new chatbot turns into a hit in Japan

AtHome, a real estate site in Japan*, drew the attention of the country’s online property sector with a chatbot which makes the interaction between home seekers and home sellers more flexible, informative, personal and almost hassle-free. The chatbot is gaining popularity fast.   


Alibaba to build rental site for Hangzhou

Alibaba to build rental site for Hangzhou

Chinese tech giant Alibaba Group (NYSE: BABA), which operates the c-to-c platform Taobao (淘宝), signed an agreement with the municipal government of Hangzhou to create a rental services platform. The system will cover rental properties listed by the local government, individuals, real estate developers and agents.


VacationStay ties up with China’s Tujia.com

VacationStay ties up with China’s Tujia.com

Tentatively-branded VacationStay, the rental site which is a joint venture between Japan’s e-commerce leader Rakuten and Trovit’s owner Lifull, stretched the reach of its audience for the third time with a partnership - even before its formal launch early next year. First, it partnered with a holiday rental site in the U.S., then it partnered with a Japanese holiday rental site and now with a Chinese holiday rental site. 


iBuyer Market Update: Opendoor and OfferPad in Phoenix

iBuyer Market Update: Opendoor and OfferPad in Phoenix

The barriers to entry for the iBuyer business model are low. Last year, we said: “Ultimately, we believe a major long-term risk to Opendoor is that the key elements of its seller customer experience -- a fast and well-priced offer -- are replicable.” And Opendoor recently had this to say: “The increase in the number of companies building a similar experience to Opendoor further validates the customer demand for an online ...



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