William Kelvie has resigned from his position on the Move, Inc. board of directors. Move is the parent company of top US real estate websites realtor.com and move.com. Kelvie joined the board of directors in 1998, and his professional history also includes executive roles with Fannie Mae and the job of CEO at IT company Overture Corporation. Joe Hanauer, chairman of the Move board of directors, summed up Kelvie’s time on the board: "During Bill's 11 year tenure on the board, his unique background in technology and the mortgage industry played an important role in guiding the company's growth.
US real estate marketplace zillow.com has started 2010 with a bang, reporting a 57 percent increase in the number of unique visitors to the website year-on-year. zillow.com recently claimed to be bigger than realtor.com based on comScore figures, but later retracted that statement after comScore pointed out flaws in the comparison methods used. This time, zillow.com is quoting Omniture data to put its average number of unique users at 8.2 million per month and its page view numbers up 37 percent since 2008. zillow.com also states there are now 3.9 million for sale, rental, and Make Me Move listings
Leading UK portal rightmove.co.uk has started airing its new TV advertisement, aiming to gather more sellers for its “stock-starved” agents. The ad, available to view on campaignlive.co.uk, portrays agents as the wild inhabitants of an African plain. “These knowledgeable creatures know every inch of their territory,” explains actor Joanna Lumley’s voice over. “They see what’s selling – and what’s not.” The ad pitches rightmove.co.uk as the place “where sellers get started”. Miles Shipside, the portal’s commercial director, told estateagenttoday.co.uk he hopes the TV ad will attract more sellers to the portal: “With the current shortage of sellers, we are
Could Google be in talks to buy US real estate search engine trulia.com? That’s the report from All Things Digital’s Kara Swisher, which quotes “sources close to the situation”. No further information has surfaced since Swisher published her article on 18 December, 2009, and trulia.com has remained quiet on the subject. But trulia.com does have at least one concrete tie to Google: it is one of three websites trying out Google’s new aerial perspective imagery on some of its listings. Swisher says her sources estimate trulia.com’s value ranges between US$150 million and $200 million. Hitwise has trulia.com in sixth
Property portals from across the world have been honoured in MetrixLab's Website of the Year awards, which name the most popular websites based on public votes and the best websites based on an evaluation of content, navigation, and design. Websites taking home awards in the real estate category were: zoopla.co.uk for Best UK Website and findaproperty.com for Most Popular UK Website; funda.nl for Best and Most Popular Dutch Website; enalquiler.com for Best Spanish Website and fotocasa.es for Most Popular Spanish Website; immobiliare.it for Best and Most Popular Italian Website; immonet.de for Best German Website and immobilienscout24.de for Most Popular
US real estate marketplace zillow.com was still busy making changes as 2009 drew to a close, ending the year by launching a distribution deal with online brokerage redfin.com. The new partnership will allow redfin.com’s visitors to fill out a short loan request form at the bottom of its “financing your home” page. Visitors are then directed to zillow.com’s Mortgage Marketplace where they can complete a loan request form and receive custom quotes from zillow.com’s lenders. zillow.com told inman.com the deal involves a revenue sharing agreement with redfin.com, but said the terms of this agreement have not been finalised. In
Property Portal Watch would like to wish all our readers a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year. Thanks for all your comments and input over the last year. We hope you have enjoyed our coverage. We'll be back from 4 January, 2010 to bring you all the latest news and information on property portals around the world. Have a safe and relaxing Christmas break, - The Property Portal Watch team.
US website listingbook.com has received an award for its implementation of salesforce.com’s customer relationship management (CRM) system – an example of “cloud computing”, which involves the use of online applications for business. listingbook.com is an MLS-wide online service that connects agents and their clients through an integrated platform of client management, sales productivity and direct marketing tools. According to rismedia.com, listingbook.com was one of seven winners recognised for cloud computing use at the Appy Awards at Dreamforce ’09, salesforce.com’s user and developer conference. “[W]e have used salesforce.com to transform all of our business operations,” said listingbook.com’s vice president of
realestate.com owner tree.com, Inc. has released its revenue and earnings predictions for 2010, saying it expects to see growth in its real estate portfolio as well as in education and home services. tree.com says that as long as US interest rates remain low and there is no further disruption to the housing market, the company should see a 3.5 to 7 percent increase in revenue from 2009 levels to between US$227 million and $237 million. With continued stability or even slow recovery in housing prices, tree.com says its real estate businesses should also grow by 5 to 10 percent.
Leading German portal immobilienscout24.de is launching a cross-media advertising campaign to strengthen brand awareness that will run until the end of January 2010. A statement on the website explains the campaign will run on television channels Pro7, Sat1 and MTV, as well as in print and online. The message of the advertisements will be simple: immobilienscouut24.de is Germany’s largest property marketplace where house hunters can be sure to find their new home. immobilienscout24.de says the new campaign should create more leads for its agents and increase its audience, which it puts above 4 million unique visitors per month. immobilienscout24.de