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Real estate search site you might not know about yet

More than real estate

New York based startup, MoveThatBlock.com features search not only in real estate but essential life categories including jobs and dating with their hook being no premium memberships and no pay to play for posters or seekers.

Founded by two college students in the classic garage to high-rise startup story, the site is aggressively marketed, claiming “768,000 residential listings with a total of 4.3 billion square feet, including over 200 multiple listing services’ properties” and “offers users functionality that rivals competitors like Trulia.com and Zillow.com.”

The website was registered in fall of 2009 and launched fall of 2010, now growing to include more syndication partners. Co-Founder and CEO Patrick Gray told us, “We have many syndication partnerships with large companies. Some which include Point2, Jobs central, DDR, Centro Properties, Inland and many more.”

Why Realtors need to know

We are seeing a wave of new real estate search sites hitting the internet airwaves and listing agents are having to monitor more and more locations not only for their own listings’ accuracy but for fraud (listings being featured by Nigerian Princes and such) on sites like Craigslist. Buyer’s agents need to know of new search sites for when the phone rings and the potential client says “but I saw it on [insert site here].”

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MoveThatBlock.com caught our attention because of their bold claims which typically indicates ambition in a sea of competition, which can be one of the factors of success in any real estate venture, just ask Redfin.

We have high hopes for the site because of the youth of the founders who are running on private capital, but we see it more as a competitor to Craigslist than Trulia, Zillow or Realtor.com because it relies in part on user uploads and because its design is extremely simplistic and functionality is limited, but we will be watching for any added innovation to the site.

Visit MoveThatBlock.com and tell us in comments what you think of the site- does it have the potential to be on par with the big three or is its true potential to contend with Craigslist?

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15 Comments

  1. Matthew Thomson

    May 28, 2011 at 8:59 am

    Great concept to combine so many areas of interest, but it has a long way to go to be competitive. When I searched my town in WA state, there were only 4 listings that showed up. The ads were for a house in NJ and a chiropractor in NY.
    That lack of relevance may hurt it.

    • Sean Lasher

      May 31, 2011 at 1:46 pm

      Our ad inventory is relatively small at this point and to be honest isn't our first priority. Were almost entirely focused on exposure and user feedback so that we can grow the service and be the perfect one stop stopping destination for all of life's biggest decisions. We are looking down the end of a long road but we are confident we'll get where we need to be. We are now just shy of 1 million residential listings totaling over 5 billion square feet, as well as 900,000+ job listings. You should see that number double in the coming months as well as we finalize several partnership agreements.

      Come check us out and please provide us with all the feedback you can!

      slasher@movethatblock.com

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