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].”
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?