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Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting the Northwest.

January 16, 2007 at 3:38 PM

Another Seattle online real state startup

It doesn’t have the backing and pedigree of Zillow or Redfin, but you’ve got to love the name of Seattle’s newest online real estate venture: ShackPrices.com.

Started last month, ShackPrices.com is an online real estate search site that says it’s affiliated with the Multiple Listing Service. It’s pitch is that buyers can use the site to search for keywords in the listings, like “fixer” or “owner financing.”

“Text search on ShackPrices allows do-it-your-selfers, water lovers, or cat and dog owners to customize their search to only display the shacks that are perfect for them,” the company said in a release today, announcing a site upgrade.

ShackPrices.com was started by Doug Cole, a recent electrical engineering grad student at the University of Washington, and Galen Ward, a former geographic information systems analyst who had been working as an Environmental Protection Agency contractor in New Orleans. They’re working with licensed broker Brian Reschke.

Whether the market goes up or down, online real estate is an interesting place nowadays. Traditional real estate companies have stepped up their online presence, media companies have improved their search tools and other services they provide to real estate advertisers, and the big online players are dabbling in real estate.

While that’s all being sorted out, ShackPrices.com ought to talk to KEXP‘s Leon Berman about a soundtrack for their site.

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