Househappy

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'Househappy' is a free community platform for buyers, sellers, and brokers to connect, search, and post property for sale in 196 countries.[1][2] Launched in March 2013, the online service provides a platform for individuals to search properties for sale internationally by photos and specific property features.[3]

In May 2013, HousingWire featured Househappy on their RETech:50 list of top 50 firms “most likely to have an impact on the real estate transaction in the next 12 months.”[4]

The company was one of 150 startups invited to the 2013 Dublin Web Summit STARTglobal event.[5]

Users of the site can create a personal online profile that allows them to post properties for sale and bookmark others by “liking” them.[6] Each property listing includes contact and other biographical information for the seller.[7]

Houses are displayed in a grid of photos with no labels or headings, and filtered by user-selected criteria such as location, price, features, and financing options.[6] It has been likened to other photo-centric social networking sites like Pinterest and Instagram.[2] It is optimized for desktop, iOS, and Android devices.[8]

History

Founder Kevin McCloskey is a licensed broker in Oregon, Washington, and California with over 25 years of experience.[9] He thought of the initial concept for Househappy after reviewing a friend’s Match.com dating profile and imagining a photo-based real estate service to connect property buyers, sellers, and other real estate professionals.[9] He said he “wanted to create an open platform with free access, social features, and user-friendly search.”[8] McCloskey has stated use of the platform will always be free to search and post.[8]

The search platform launched internationally online on March 27, 2013.[3]

In November 2013, the company raised $1.5 million in funding led by Jeff Greenberg, Senior VP Electronic Media and Director at Skechers and founder of G9 Development, a luxury real estate development company.[10][11] Househappy previously received $1 million from angel investors in seed round funding.[12]

References

  1. /Househappy | About
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Househappy will use photos to drive real estate searches". Inman News. September 24, 2012. http://www.inman.com/2012/09/24/househappy-will-use-photos-drive-real-estate-searches/. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Njus, Elliot (March 27, 2013). "Househappy, a Portland-based, dating service-inspired real estate platform, goes live". The Oregonian. http://www.oregonlive.com/front-porch/index.ssf/2013/03/househappy_a_portland-based_re.html. 
  4. /HousingWire RETech:50
  5. "Househappy is Headed to Web Summit!". October 24, 2013. http://blog.househappy.org/2013/10/24/househappy-is-headed-to-web-summit/. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 Weir, Tracy (September 7, 2013). "Househappy is the First Visual Search Engine For Real Estate. Can it Help You Win Clients?". Eight Eleven. http://eight11.com/househappy/. 
  7. Shipe, Angie (April 26, 2013). "Househappy Brings Photo-Based Social Sharing to Real Estate". agent campus.com. http://www.agentcampus.com/blog/househappy-brings-photo-based-social-sharing-to-real-estate/. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 "Househappy Announces Launch of Photo-Driven Real Estate Platform: Search and Post Property for Sale Around the World - for Free". Yahoo! Finance. March 27, 2013. http://finance.yahoo.com/news/househappy-org-announces-launch-photo-131500771.html. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 Row, D.K (February 4, 2013). "Househappy aims to be comprehensive information and services platform for real estate industry". The Oregonian. http://www.oregonlive.com/small-business/index.ssf/2013/02/househappy_aims_to_be_comprehe.html. 
  10. Spencer, Malia (November 12, 2013). "Skechers exec leads $1.5M Househappy round". Portland Business Journal. http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/blog/2013/11/skechers-exec-leads-15m-househappy.html. 
  11. "Househappy.org raises $1.5M in funding round led by Skechers director". Inman News. November 12, 2013. http://www.inman.com/wire/househappy-org-raises-1-5m-in-funding-round-led-by-skechers-director/. 
  12. "Photo-Driven Real Estate Platform Househappy.org Secures $1.5 Million in Series A Financing". Yahoo! Finance. November 12, 2013. http://finance.yahoo.com/news/photo-driven-real-estate-platform-140500949.html. 

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