Will hemp homes solve the building material shortage?



Sky rocketing prices for building materials have been a common complaint from home builders over the past year. The costs of lumber, steel and concrete have all soared, and now some are promoting the idea of hemp as a more affordable alternative. Hemp does contain cannabis, but the concentration of THC is much, much lower […]

Real Estate Technology Update: Agents Still Waiting On Miracles



According to a NAR survey, cybersecurity, drones, 5G, and virtual reality will lead real estate technology developments in the next 24 months.

Localize raises $25M funding for its AI-powered home search platform



Artificial intelligence-powered real estate search startup Localize has attracted $25 million in a Series C round of funding as it looks to eliminate buyer’s remorse in home buying. Pitango Growth led the round, which also saw participation from Mizrahi-Tefahot and its existing investors, bringing the company’s total amount raised to date to $70 million. As […]

Real Estate Tech Sensation “Side” Snags Another $50 Million in Funding



Sensational real estate technology startup Side just raised another $50 million in funding on a $1.5 billion valuation leap.

Compass partners with Guaranteed Rate to launch OriginPoint mortgage services



Tech-powered real estate brokerage Compass has officially entered the mortgage business. The company has announced it’s forming a new mortgage origination firm in partnership with Guaranteed Rate Inc. Compass, which is best known for its technology tools that assist real estate agents in marketing themselves and their listings online, wants to expand its business by […]

Entera raises $32M to open up the single-family home market to institutional investors



Real estate investing data startup Entera Holdings Ltd. has raised $32 million in a Series A funding round, bringing its total amount raised to $39.5 million following an earlier seed funding round. The round was led by Goldman Sachs investment arm, Goldman Sachs Asset Management, with participation from Bullpen Capital, Craft Ventures and Valuestream Ventures. […]

FAA eases rules on drone use, creating more opportunities for real estate marketing



Some tech-savvy real estate agents have already been using drones to create aerial videos and photos that enhance their listings. Now, their use could be expanded by new Federal Aviation Administration rules, the National Association of Realtors reported last week. The FAA has eased some restrictions on drone use while expanding other rules. For example, […]

Title insurance startup Spruce bags $60M in Series C funding round



Spruce lands $60M in funding for its tech-based title insurance platform

How soon will an investment in solar panels payoff?



Housing industry experts say that solar panels will become a more common fixture on new homes in the U.S. as installation costs fall and their benefits become more widely known. The industry is keeping a very keen watch on California, which has already mandated their installation on most new homes, the first U.S. state to […]

Some buyers are seeking more resilient homes



Interest in off-grid homes is growing among buyers who are wary of blackout events such as the incident in Texas in February that followed a severe winter storm. The growing interest in self-powered homes has led some developers to go beyond energy saving features like solar panels, building even more protections into their properties. “Houses […]