Online technology is advancing housing in many ways. These start ups have reenvisioned one aspect of the industry and have been able to find financing to offer new solutions with the potential to disrupt.

The last decade has witnessed an exponential growth in real estate tech startups. Globally, the number of startups rose from 176 in 2008 to 1,274 by 2017. In the same period, cumulative investments in these startups soared from $2.4 billion to $33.7 billion.

2017 was a monumental year for real estate tech with some incredible financing rounds, IPOs, exits and ICOs. Softbank Vision Fund has shown great confidence in the sector, deploying $4.4 billion to the coworking behemoth WeWork, $450 million to tech enabled brokerage Compass and $120 million to home insurance company Lemonade. Fifth Wall Ventures raised $212 million for its first fund, the biggest dedicated real estate technology fund to date.

Redfin’s IPO was one of the most successful IPOs of this year, soaring 45% in its first day. Multifamily listing company ForRent was acquired for $385 million, while other late stage startups like Cadre, Honest Buildings, Convene and Common, raised tens of millions of dollars in late stage financing rounds.

Who is going to shine this year? I gathered 10 different early stage companies that managed to raise up to $10 million to date. Based on the quality of the teams, investors, current traction and the market opportunity, here are the 10 most promising prospects for 2018:


Rentalutions is building a community of responsible DIY landlords and trustworthy tenants by providing them with education, end-to-end tools, and customer service to support them in their renting experience.

55,000 DIY landlords with fewer than ten properties use the platform to manage single-family homes, condo units, and small multifamily buildings in 14,000 zip codes across the United States. Cultivation Capital led a $2 million round of funding for the company in May 2017, and the company has more than doubled since then.

Rentalutions’ top priorities in 2018 are creating more high quality educational content and adding additional functionality that helps DIY landlords and tenants.

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