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[TREE – LendingTree] Lead Gen, Marketplaces, and Scale Economies

Less than four years after the its founding and two years after the nationwide launch of its lending exchange, LendingTree raised its first round of capital in the public markets.  A month later, in March 2000, the market began its brutal slide, creating two favorable conditions, collapsing advertising rates and declining mortgage rates, that LendingTree, [...]
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[CSGP – CoStar Group; REIS – Reis Inc.] Tale of Two Data Providers

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Before REIS and CoStar came onto the scene in 1980 and 1987, respectively, accessing clean and current data on rental rates, vacancies, absorption, precedent comps, and all the rest required to intelligently transact in commercial real estate was a vexing, ad hoc process.  In the early/mid-90s, juniors staffed across various financial institutions devoted significant chunks [...]
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