Digital homebuying platform Prevu announces $2 million in seed funding

Prevu | October 03, 2019

Prevu, a customer-focused digital homebuying platform, announced recently that it raised $2 million in seed funding in September. According to Prevu, the funding was led by Corigin Ventures, a seed-stage venture capital firm focused on real estate technology and consumer industries. The company claims that its “Smart Buyer” platform offers homebuyers an easier approach to homebuying, giving them the tools and advice they need to guide them through the early phases of the process.

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Towards the end of 2013, the U.S. economy appeared to be revving up. Real GDP growth averaged 4% in the second half of 2013. The nation’s housing market had fi nally begun to show signs of life by late 2012, and that had accelerated in 2013 as shattered home prices fi nally showed a strong rebound and inventories dropped to pre-recession lows.

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Towards the end of 2013, the U.S. economy appeared to be revving up. Real GDP growth averaged 4% in the second half of 2013. The nation’s housing market had fi nally begun to show signs of life by late 2012, and that had accelerated in 2013 as shattered home prices fi nally showed a strong rebound and inventories dropped to pre-recession lows.

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