Own Up and Realtor.com | September 01, 2022
Own Up, a digital mortgage shopping service, today announced a commercial relationship with Realtor.com, a real estate marketplace operated by News Corp’s subsidiary, Move, Inc. Own Up and Realtor.com are mission-aligned companies, both aiming to improve the home buying process for Americans looking to close on their dream homes.
Alongside this new collaboration, Own Up closed a $25M round of funding, led by Brand Foundry Ventures. Realtor.com is among the investors participating in the funding round, which also saw return participation from past investors, Link Ventures and Listen Ventures. The injection of capital will allow Own Up to continue to build out its innovative technology platform, expand its novel shopping experience and product offerings, and invest in the Company’s people and culture.
Own Up and Realtor.com’s relationship will give users direct access to Own Up’s mortgage shopping service, including personalized loan offers from its exclusive lender marketplace and real-time advice from the industry’s only mortgage shopping concierge. The integration with Realtor.com will allow homebuyers to gather detailed information about their home financing options as they search listings and find real estate agents.
The housing market has been increasingly challenging for buyers over the past 12 months, with low inventory, rising prices, higher mortgage interest rates, and high-stakes bidding wars. That has caused heightened stress and anxiety for hopeful buyers, an issue Own Up and Realtor.com hope to work together to address.
“From day one, our singular goal was to be a champion for the consumer and bring greater transparency to the home buying process. As the mortgage industry continues to see changes at a rapid clip, it’s crucial that consumers are armed with the right information to make the best financial decisions, Realtor.com plays an essential role in the home search process for so many Americans and now we’ll be able to provide mortgage education and tools to comparison shop, boosting buyer confidence as they move through the process.”
-Patrick Boyaggi, CEO and co-founder of Own Up
Own Up’s team brings deep mortgage expertise to the Realtor.com online experience, This relationship is a natural fit; together we’re able to expand upon our shared goal of helping Americans find and close on their dream homes,said Realtor.com CFO Bryan Charap.
The housing market is at an inflection point, marked by a lack of inventory and a historic rise in interest rates, and Own Up is uniquely positioned to help consumers navigate one of the most tumultuous components, This next phase of growth will further cement Own Up’s position as the mortgage shopping experts, ensuring no borrower overpays on their mortgage. At this time of inflation and a pending recession, cost-savings has never been more important,said Brian Spaly, General Partner at Brand Foundry Ventures.
About Own Up
Founded in 2016, Own Up is changing the way Americans shop for and secure mortgages, injecting transparency into an opaque process and empowering consumers to make smart financial decisions with the help of intelligent technology and real human advisors.
Realtor.com® is an open real estate marketplace built for everyone. Realtor.com® pioneered the world of digital real estate more than 25 years ago. Today, through its website and mobile apps, Realtor.com® is a trusted guide for consumers, empowering more people to find their way home by breaking down barriers, helping them make the right connections, and creating confidence through expert insights and guidance. For professionals, Realtor.com® is a trusted partner for business growth, offering consumer connections and branding solutions that help them succeed in today’s on-demand world. Realtor.com® is operated by News Corp subsidiary Move, Inc.
Offerpad | May 05, 2022
Offerpad, a leading tech-enabled platform for buying and selling residential real estate, revealed expansion plans that will bring the company’s top-rated1 solutions to residents in Cincinnati; Colorado Springs and Fort Collins, Colo.; Fort Myers, Fla.; and Fort Wayne, Ind. The expansion news comes on the heels of continued momentum with the company’s best quarter in Offerpad history. Earlier today the company reported first-quarter financial results announcing a year-over-year $1.1 billion revenue increase.
At Offerpad, we do things differently. Bringing together technology with our local real estate expertise, we take buying and selling homes from stressful to seamless. Traditional real estate, especially in today’s competitive market, often leaves homeowners feeling out of control and uncertain. Our solutions provide buyers and sellers with the flexibility to act fast and take care of all their needs under one roof. Americans increasingly want more convenience and control over their transactions, and we’re excited to help more homeowners in these new markets.”
Vaughn Bair, Offerpad Chief Real Estate Officer
Offerpad is expected to complete its Fort Myers opening in the second quarter and plans to expand to Cincinnati and the additional three markets later this year. When these five markets open, buyers and sellers across 29 U.S. markets will have access to the company’s entire suite of solutions:
Cash offers in just 24 hours with flexible closing dates, no showings or open houses, and free local moving services
Custom listing solutions and dedicated local market expertise to help customers sell their home on the open market with the option to retain a cash offer as back up
Home buying solutions that provide easy access to Offerpad’s inventory of homes for sale
Access to home mortgage and title services
Bundling selling, buying and financing solutions together to save thousands with Offerpad Bundle Rewards
Offerpad is available in more than 1,700 cities and towns and 24 U.S. markets. For the remainder of 2022, Offerpad will focus on growing its footprint around regional hubs in the Midwest, Southeast and Southwest.
Offerpad plans to begin hiring local real estate experts across all its new markets. Additionally, Offerpad plans to hire local home renovation vendors and develop partnerships with area homebuilders, real estate brokerages and agents. Offerpad currently offers a 3% referral fee to real estate agents who help a client sell to Offerpad.
Offerpad’s mission is to deliver the best home buying and selling experience so you can spend less time ‘real estat-ing’ and more time living. From cash offers and flexible listing options to mortgages and buyer services, Offerpad has been helping homeowners since 2015. We pair our local expertise in residential real estate with proprietary technology to put you in control of the process and help find the right solution that fits your needs.
iBuying | June 21, 2019
The tech world has been nudging its way into the residential real estate market for some time with virtual open houses, mortgages closings with just the press of your finger, and now real estate agents are being outsourced by apps. Zillow, the most popular real estate website for those individuals looking to lease or buy homes, is now digitally flipping houses. They are integrating instant buying (aka iBuying) into their product offering through Zillow Offers. Zillow Offers began buying residential housing in April of 2018 and started to sell them in July 2018.