Redfin to acquire RentPath for its apartment listings

Online real estate brokerage Redfin has said it will acquire the apartment search giant RentPath Holdings Inc. and combine that company’s listings with its own platform. The idea is to create a more comprehensive platform where people can search for a home to rent or purchase, Redfin said. The acquisition will add around 20,000 apartment

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Zillow acquires ShowingTime for its online tour scheduling platform

Zillow is acquiring a company called ShowingTime that offers a platform for scheduling physical home tours so people can go to see a home they’re interested in at a time that’s most convenient all from the showingtime mobile app. Zillow said it’s buying ShowingTime for $500 million and will use the company’s technology to make

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CoStar buys Homesnap to target the residential real estate sector

Commercial real estate analytics giant CoStar Group is getting into the residential sector after acquiring a company called Homesnap Inc. for $250 million. Homesnap sells technology that enables real estate brokers to manage listings within their applications and on their websites. The platform is used by around 300,000 residential real estate professionals around 30 times

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Opendoor buys OS National to offer escrow, title services

iBuying company Opendoor has made another acquisition, this time buying a national title and escrow service provider called OS National. Opendoor will now be able to integrate that firm’s title, escrow and closing services into its online home buying and selling platform, it said. Opendoor is the trailblazer in the iBuying industry, in which it

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Airbnb acquires Urbandoor to expand its corporate client business

Airbnb last week acquired a platform called Urbandoor that offers extended stays for corporate clients. Founded in 2015, Urbandoor differentiates itself not just through its focus on business travelers, but also by the fact it deals directly with multifamily building owners instead of renters. The company goes directly to big real estate firms like Greystar,

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Jones Lang LaSalle to acquire HFF for $2bn in multifamily sector merger

Investment management firm Jones Lang LaSalle is targeting a bigger share of the multifamily real estate business after announcing plans to acquire commercial services provider HFF Inc. in a $2 billion deal. The proposed deal would see Jones Lang LaSalle snatch up all of HFF’s outstanding shares in a cash plus stock transaction. Jones Lang

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Digital brokerage Compass acquires Alain Pinel Realtors

Real estate brokerage Compass is expanding further after acquiring the Alain Pinel Realtors firm for an undisclosed fee. The deal should help Compass to expand its already considerable presence in the San Francisco Bay area, where it is now the third-largest residential retail brokerage. Compass operates a real estate listings platform that aims to reduce

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Zillow seals acquisition of Mortgage Lenders of America

Real estate listings giant Zillow looks like it’s getting into the mortgage industry following the completion of its acquisition of Mortgage Lenders of America. Zillow has already made some significant steps to evolve its business, which was originally based on simple listings of homes. Back in May 2017 the company said it was getting into

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Expedia acquires two short-term rental startups to take on Airbnb

Online travel booking firm Expedia is muscling into Airbnb territory with the acquisition of two companies that also help to facilitate short term rentals in private properties. The company, which already owns similar short-term rental firms such as HomeAway and VRBO, said it’s acquiring both Pillow and ApartmentJet, for undisclosed fees. Expedia said that the

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CoreLogic to acquire insurance claims workflow provider Symbility Solutions

Real estate analytics firm CoreLogic is acquiring a company called Symbility Solutions, which sells a cloud-based insurance claims and subscription workflow service. “Symbility expands our footprint in property and casualty insurance domestically and in key markets around the globe. Further scaling our insurance and international footprint offers the potential for significant non-cyclical growth in line

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