Weekly Radar #307: Legal Battles Roll On, Big Box Retail Wades In

Weekly Radar #307: Legal Battles Roll On, Big Box Retail Wades In
Image generator: DALL-E Prompt: a massive mixed use development with 800 units of housing on top of a costco warehouse

In this Weekly Radar, we cover:

  • Move, Inc. sued CoStar for trade secret theft, prompting a call for industry leaders like Zillow, Redfin, Homes.com, Realtor.com, and Movoto to prioritize product innovation over lawsuits.
  • Costco plans to build a new warehouse in L.A. with 800 apartments, including 184 affordable units, in partnership with Thrive Living and AO, highlighting the potential for large companies to address affordable housing needs.
  • The GEM Proptech Index had a combined market cap of $238.668B, a 1.29% increase from the previous week.

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Geek Estate Blog Recap:

Proptech Meets the Camino in May 2025
In the GEM Diamond community, we go deep on relationship building. A great example of this is adding our first international excursion to the calendar... GEM Walks the Camino, a seven-day journey starting in Sarria, Spain and ending at the Cathedral Santiago de Compostela. Taking place…
More than Just Words: AI Tools Suite for Better Real Estate Transactions
[Note from editor: The “Mastermind Showcase” highlights companies and news from members of GEM Diamond. Today’s showcase: Purlin] Purlin offers a suite of AI tools that improves efficiency in real estate transactions by facilitating communication and collaboration among real estate agents, clients, and settlement providers.…
Crowdfunding Campaign for Resettled Refugee Rental Marketplace
ReHome is a marketplace platform that helps resettled refugees by accelerating successful matches with secure rental homes. They help landlords and resettlement agencies bridge the gaps in their communications and clearly align timelines. They are currently raising funds to expand their mission to power the…
Vertical Software Benchmarking
For those interested in benchmarking your company’s stack, Michael Yang and the team at OMERS Ventures are partnering with Mosaic, Benchmarkit and Luke Sophinos to gather the data for a set of cross-industry benchmarks for vertical SaaS and software businesses. By participating in this survey, you’ll help yourselves and other founders like you: Know your goalposts…

Transmission Recap:

Last week, Anthemos Georgiades argues that the way we interact with GenAI will be different than how we use the App & Play stores on our mobile phones. Before that, Tim Dain posited that now is the time to bring a comprehensive API library to the forefront of the residential real estate industry.