PR Newswire: Zillow’s new tool powers home searches in up to five areas at once, letting shoppers move as fast as the market

PR Newswire: Zillow’s new tool powers home searches in up to five areas at once, letting shoppers move as fast as the market (PRESS RELEASE). “Now available on the Zillow app, the multi-location search feature makes the home shopping experience faster, simpler and easier by allowing shoppers to find available homes in up to five different areas at once; it also gives users the option to easily sift through the listings on the map or all in the same results feed. In addition, users can save their multi-location searches and opt to receive email and push notifications with results and recommendations.” Zillow is planning a number of other search enhancements. They’re mentioned in the release.

PR Newswire: New Zillow tool helps veterans nationwide discover condos eligible for VA loans (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: New Zillow tool helps veterans nationwide discover condos eligible for VA loans (PRESS RELEASE). “Today, Zillow announced that condo listings on its site and apps will include information about the home’s eligibility for a loan from the VA. This new Zillow feature is designed to help the 19 million veterans who are eligible to fund their home purchase using a VA loan.” Apparently there are different rules for condo eligibility vs home eligibility, thus the focus of the new feature.

Sun Current: Edina native founds real estate preservation platform

Sun Current: Edina native founds real estate preservation platform. “The startup, called HouseNovel, digitally preserves real estate history in communities across the U.S., including Edina. Founded by Edina native Amanda Zielike and her husband, David Decker, the company launched last month, inviting visitors to its site to search a specific address, browse their communities and input their own stories to be captured in history.” This site was a bit of a slow load for me; be a little patient when running a search, as there’s a lot of data to load.

PR Newswire: Zillow’s new side-by-side comparison tool helps home shoppers make faster, smarter decisions to find a home they love

PR Newswire: Zillow’s new side-by-side comparison tool helps home shoppers make faster, smarter decisions to find a home they love (PRESS RELEASE). “Now available on the Zillow mobile app and website, Homes to Compare gives buyers the ability to select as many as five homes and view the properties’ details on a comprehensive side-by-side chart. On one screen, users can compare more than 70 key listing details, such as price, square footage, lot size, property conditions, architectural style, interior features and more.”

CNN: ‘TikTok changed my life.’ Real estate estate agents find huge success on the app

CNN: ‘TikTok changed my life.’ Real estate estate agents find huge success on the app. “During the height of the pandemic, real estate agents across the country discovered that social media platform TikTok was an ideal way to safely show prospective buyers homes. Now, some are saying the video app has revolutionized the way they sell real estate — and it is here to stay.”

Techwire: New Portal Provides Statewide Property Data

Techwire: New Portal Provides Statewide Property Data. “Symbium, a startup working on tools to help make zoning and permitting work easier at the local government level, has launched a portal allowing anyone to look up information about properties across the state of California. Typically available via local assessor websites, real estate search engines and other such projects, the Symbium portal gives users the ability to search for a specific property, browse by area or filter by information such as assessed value, lot size or land use.”

New York Times: How Data Is Reshaping Real Estate

New York Times: How Data Is Reshaping Real Estate. “The added layers of technology in stores and entertainment venues — crowd-tracking cameras, information gleaned from smartphones, tallies of neighborhood foot traffic and sophisticated demographic data — aim to replicate the data measurement and analysis of the online experience. But privacy advocates are sounding the alarm about the technology as Big Tech is under increased scrutiny.”

Gothamist: In Pandemic’s Aftermath, Calls Grow For NYC To Regulate Commercial Rents

Gothamist: In Pandemic’s Aftermath, Calls Grow For NYC To Regulate Commercial Rents. “The City Council’s small business committee is considering a controversial proposal to limit how much landlords can raise rents on commercial tenants. The measure, first introduced by City Councilman Stephen Levin almost two years ago, would apply to storefronts and offices up to 10,000 square feet, which could also include some supermarkets. Levin, who sits on the committee, said rising rents have forced small businesses throughout the city to shut down, and that the pandemic has exacerbated the problem, creating a proliferation of vacant storefronts. ”

PRNewswire: California Builder Services Launches DREPublicReports .com (PRESS RELEASE)

PRNewswire: California Builder Services Launches DREPublicReports .com (PRESS RELEASE). “The site, maintained by California Builder Services, offers a simple search function to pull up 590,000 reports (and counting) archived over the past few decades. This includes subdivisions and developments in the state of California and developments completed by builders from California. Accessing the records is crucial when conducting research, whether its real estate brokers checking if disclosures are signed to builders researching regions or competitors.” The site is free to access.

The Markup: The Secret Bias Hidden in Mortgage-Approval Algorithms

The Markup: The Secret Bias Hidden in Mortgage-Approval Algorithms. “An investigation by The Markup has found that lenders in 2019 were more likely to deny home loans to people of color than to White people with similar financial characteristics—even when we controlled for newly available financial factors that the mortgage industry for years has said would explain racial disparities in lending.”

Reuters: Google to invest over $7 billion in U.S. offices, data centers this year

Reuters: Google to invest over $7 billion in U.S. offices, data centers this year. “Alphabet Inc’s Google said on Thursday it plans to invest over $7 billion in offices and data centers across the United States as it takes on a surge in internet traffic after pandemic restrictions drove more users and advertisers online. The company’s investment related to U.S. offices and data centers was over $10 billion last year and more than $13 billion in 2019.”

New York Times: Empty Office Buildings Squeeze City Budgets as Property Values Fall

New York Times: Empty Office Buildings Squeeze City Budgets as Property Values Fall. “Those dormant offices, malls and restaurants that have turned cities around the country into ghost towns foreshadow a fiscal time bomb for municipal budgets, which are heavily reliant on property taxes and are facing real estate revenue losses of as much as 10 percent in 2021, according to government finance officials.”

Travel + Leisure: This Instagram Account Shows You the Most Insane Home Listings on Zillow

Travel + Leisure: This Instagram Account Shows You the Most Insane Home Listings on Zillow. “If you’ve spent any time on the internet during the pandemic, odds are you’ve found yourself scrolling through Zillow listings a time or two. And, if you check Zillow listings daily, don’t worry. You’re not alone. According to The New York Times, Zillow usage is up more than 50 percent year-over-year. But, while looking through the listings, you’ve likely also found yourself saying ‘what the…’ about some of the truly zany homes with million-dollar price tags.”