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Zillow Timeline

--- 2014 ---

February 12
Zillow reports a breakaway year in 2013, with strong fourth quarter results, with record revenue, traffic, and mobile usage. 

January 22
Zillow hosts HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan for a Town Hall meeting on minorities and housing.

January 15

Zillow partners with AOL Real Estate to provide home shoppers on AOL for-sale, for-rent and pre-market listings as well as Zestimate and Rent Zestimate information. 

--- 2013 ---

December 23
Home shoppers spent more than 5 billion minutes on Zillow apps, alone, in 2013, making 2013 a record year for mobile usage. 

December 11

Zillow named among best places to work by Glassdoor.

November 17

Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff named the EY National National Entrepreneur of the Year™ 2013 Services Award.

November 5

Zillow reports record Q3 results, with record revenue, quarterly and all-time traffic. 

October 9
Zillow opens a new office in Lincoln, NE, to house Mortech®, a company Zillow acquired November 2012.

August 19 
Zillow announces agreement to acquire StreetEasy, New York City's leading real estate website. 

August 7
Zillow hosted President Barack Obama in an online event moderated by Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff, in which Obama responded to housing questions asked by consumers.  

August 2
Zillow Real Estate Android App named an "Editor's Choice" by the Google Play Store

June 17
Zillow's latest TV spot, called "Long Distance," begins running nationwide.

June 7
Zillow launches the Mortgage Education Center, which provides articles on everything from the basics of borrowing to underwater financing. 

May 30

Zillow's mortgage app is the first to include rates from government-backed refinancing programs for underwater homeowners

May 7

Zillow reports record traffic and revenue in the first quarter results of 2013

April 30 
Zillow sweeps the real estate category in the 17th Annual Webby Awards, winning the People's Voice Award and the overall Webby Award in the Real Estate category

April 24 
Zillow announces that it will be the first company planning to take questions via social media during its earning call May 7.

April 18 

Zillow produces the Forum on the Future of Housing along with the American Action Forum and Progressive Policy Institute in Washington D.C. 

March 26
Zillow releases Spanish-language Zillow Rentals Android App.

February 28
Zillow opens brand-new offices in San Francisco.

February 20
Zillow launches Zillow Rentals for iPad.

February 13
Google Now integrates Zillow real estate information.

February 13
Zillow announces record fourth quarter results and full year 2012.

February 8

Zillow celebrates its 7th birthday

February 5

Zillow Digs™ -- a home improvement and design marketplace, launches.

--- 2012 ---

December 19
Zillow named among "Best Places to Work" by Seattle Met magazine.

November 26
Zillow announces agreement to acquire HotPads, a map-based rental and real estate site.

November 5
Zillow releases record Q3 results and a record 1 billion home views on Zillow Mobile through the first three quarters of 2012.

Zillow announces an agreement to acquire Mortech, a mortgage technology company that provides software tools to mortgage professionals.

October 31
Zillow acquires Buyfolio, an online and mobile collaborative shopping platform

Zillow Mortgage Marketplace App launched for iPad.

October 11
Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff named to Fortune's "40 Under 40" list.

October 9
Zillow launches Zillow Rentals, a free marketplace for rental professionals.

September 19
New features, including the ability to take photos and notes, are added to the Zillow Android Apps.

September 6
The new Zillow Rentals for iPhone App launches, joining the Zillow app family, which includes the Zillow Rentals for Android App.

August 14
New Zillow app features: Users can take and upload home photos with the Zillow iPhone and iPad apps.

August 9
Zillow celebrates the opening of a new office in Irvine, CA.

August 7

Record mobile usage and traffic contribute to record revenue in the second quarter 2012.

July 10

Zillow rolls out a new set of features for the Zillow Rentals for Android app, including pet policy, keyword search and more.

July 9
Zillow hosts a refinancing discussion on Google + with the White House.

July 3
Zillow becomes the exclusive provider of rental listings to Yahoo! Homes.

June 28

Zillow launches Zillow Compare, which gives users the ability to compare home values and demographics side by side.

May 2

Zillow reports Q1 results for 2012, breaking records in revenue ($22.8 million), profitability and traffic.

-- Zillow announces plans to acquire RentJuice.

May 1

The Zillow Real Estate App wins a 2012 Webby for Best Mobile App, Utilities & Services.

April 30
Zillow launches Zillow Rentals for Android App.

March 22
Zillow gives users the ability to sync their saved searches and favorite homes from any device they're using to access Zillow.

February 15
Zillow reports record revenue and mobile traffic
in fourth quarter results.

February 8
Zillow reports a record month in traffic
with 30 million unique users visiting Zillow's websites and mobile apps during January.

February 8
Zillow celebrates its 6th birthday

January 31
Zillow has published more than 100,000 real estate agent reviews.

January 18
Zillow launches Neighborhood Advice, a social home-shopping experience that links users' Facebook friends with their searches within Zillow.

--- 2011 ---

December 7
Zillow announces partnership with Pulsenomics, a firm that produces the Home Price Expectations Survey.

November 22
Zillow adds a real estate app for Android Tablet to its suite of real estate apps for smartphones and tablet devices.

November 14
Zillow launches an app for Amazon's new tablet Kindle Fire, one of the first apps launched for the new device.

November 2
Zillow reports record revenues, traffic and mobile usage in its third quarter results.

November 2
Zillow acquires Diverse Solutions, an Irvine, CA-based company that provides marketing tools to real estate agents.

October 31
Zillow Mortgage Marketplace partners with AOL Real Estate, bringing the Mortgage Marketplace shopping experience to the AOL Real Estate and Daily Finance pages.

October 10

Zillow wins the Mortgage Technology Award for its Zillow Mortgage Marketplace iPhone App.

September 19

Zillow search is added to the Curbed network of real estate blogs.

August 29
Zillow adds the Windows 7 Phone app to its suite of mobile applications, which include real estate apps for the iPhone, iPad, Android and BlackBerry.

August 24
Zillow reports record traffic and revenue in second quarter results in its first earnings report as a public company

July 29
Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff wins Inman News' 2011 Innovator of the Year award.

July 20
Zillow goes public, begins trading on NASDAQ under stock ticker "Z."

July 12

Zillow earns four #1 rankings from Inman News for mobile real estate apps: #1 Android real estate app, #1 iPhone real estate app, #1 iPad real estate app and #1 mortgage app.

June 14
Zillow adds Zestimate home valuations to more than 25 million new homes and improves Zestimate accuracy to 8.5 percent nationwide.

June 13
Zillow honored at the Webby Awards as the People's Voice Winner and the overall Webby Award winner for the Real Estate category.

June 7
Mortgage app launches: Zillow Mortgage Marketplace iPhone App

April 27
Zillow partners with Century 21

April 11
Zillow acquires Postlets

April 7
Zillow partners with William Raveis

April 4
Zillow Mortgage Marketplace celebrates 3rd birthday

March 31
Zillow unveils the Zillow BlackBerry App

March 9
Zillow launches Rent Zestimates.

February 24
Zillow adds Transit Score to home details pages.

February 8
Zillow turns 5 years old.

February 3
Yahoo!-Zillow Real Estate Network launches, creating the largest real estate network on the Web.

January 3

Zillow announces record-setting December with 13 million unique users.

--- 2010 ---

December 2
Zillow launches agent reviews and ratings.

November 2

Zillow on iPad app featured during an Apple ad that ran during the World Series.

September 22
Personal finance website and Zillow create partnership. Mint will use Zillow's Zestimate home value algorithm for real estate analysis.

September 21
Zillow launches "Zillow Real Estate Research" section.

September 14
Spencer Rascoff promoted from COO to CEO of Zillow.

September 9
Consumer loan requests on Zillow Mortgage Marketplace are up 500% year-over-year.

September 2
Zillow sets new record for monthly visits -- 12.5 million.

August 31
Zillow partners with, adding 90,000 rental listings.

August 20
Zillow Mobile apps downloaded 2 million times.

August 3
Zillow sets record for monthly visits -- 11.7 million.

July 8
Zillow partners with Yahoo! Real Estate to sell advertising to agents and brokers and supply Yahoo! with its 4 million real estate listings as well as Zestimate home values.

July 1
Zillow logs record number of unique visitors, advances in mobile real estate and partnerships.

June 17
Zillow gives its five-word Webby's acceptance speech.

June 7
Zillow logs record monthly users of 10.9 million in May.
May 5
Zillow logs record monthly users of 10.7 million in April.

May 4
Zillow wins Webby Award as Best Real Estate site.

April 15
Zillow partners with Howard Hanna Real Estate Services.

April 8
Zillow Mortgage Marketplace turns 2.

April 5
Zillow launches Zillow on iPad App.

March 17
Zillow Android App rolls out.

March 15
Zillow partners with Northwest brokerage leader John L. Scott.

February 23
Downloads of Zillow iPhone App nearing 1 million; Zillow releases updates to iPhone.

February 8
Zillow turns 4 years old.

January 5

An average of 8.2 million unique users visited Zillow each month in 2009 -- a 57 percent year-over-year increase.

--- 2009 ---

December 14
Zillow now offers homes for rent and the ability to search for both rental and for sale homes in an area and compare monthly costs side-by-side.

November 18
Zillow search gets an overhaul with a more improved, streamlined experience.

November 5
Zillow launches video training center.

September 28
Zillow announces partnership with Windermere, a leading West Coast real estate brokerage

September 3
Zillow begins powering real estate section for

August 25
More updates made to Zillow iPhone App; downloads near 700,000 just four months after launch.

July 27
Revamped  Zillow Real Estate Market Reports launches, which now covers the national, state, metro, county, city, neighborhood and ZIP code levels.

July 23
Zillow Mortgage Marketplace introduces True Cost Calculation, which helps people make an apples-to-apples comparison of custom mortgage quotes by calculating one number that incorporates interest rate, fees, points and time.

July 20
Zillow Community badges are introduced, including Zillow All-Star and Zillow Local Expert badges.

July 10
A new version of Showcase Ads is unveiled, which expands to six times its original size.
July 1
Zillow breaks several records for traffic and user activity, averaging 8.3 million unique users for the first six months of 2009, which is an increase of 67 percent year-over-year.

June  17
Zillow launches V2 of Zillow iPhone App, and reaches nearly half a million downloads in the first two months

June 5
Zillow Mortgage Marketplace launches Mortgage Rate Alert, an e-mail program that alerts borrowers when mortgage rates hit a certain level.

May 19
For second straight year, Zillow wins Webware 100 Award in Commerce category.

April 28
Zillow iPhone App, which uses GPS technology, is released. Within 24 hours, the app is downloaded 15,666 times.

April 28
Sprint includes Zillow in its national "Now Network" ad campaign.

April 1
As part of the Newspaper Consortium deal, Zillow begins to power online real estate sites for 180 newspapers in the U.S., including Tampa Tribune.

February 24
Walk Score values are added to home details pages on Zillow.

February 8
Zillow turns 3 years old!

February 5
More than 1 million quotes have been submitted on Zillow Mortgage Marketplace in less than a year. (ZMM launched on April 2, 2008).

February 4
Zillow experiences a record-breaking January with 7.5 million unique visitors, which is an increase of 61 percent, year-over-year.

January 14
More than 50 million homes have been viewed on Zillow, which is more than half of the homes that exist in the U.S.

January 8
Zillow gives White House a Zestimate value in time for President Obama's move to new digs.

--- 2008 ---

December 16
Zillow launches Zillow Advice, a forum where local Q and A, discussions, and real estate advice is shared.

December 8
More than 100,000 loan requests submitted on Zillow Mortgage Marketplace.

November 24
Listings milestone: Zillow tops 3 million for sale listings. This does not include 36,000 For Sale By Owner FSBO and 133,000 Make Me Move homes.

October 30
Dueling Digs adds two new categories: Swimming pools and home theaters.

October 16
Zillow rolls out Zillow Quote API, which allows participating lenders of Zillow Mortgage Marketplace to provide custom quotes to borrowers through an automated quote API.

October 7
Famous Homes of U.S. Presidents page launches.

October 2
Zillow Professional Directory launches. This free service allows consumers to search for real estate professionals in their neighborhood or city.

September 23
Zillow announces the Mortgage Rate Monitor, a weekly compilation of mortgage rates as they appear in Zillow Mortgage Marketplace.

September 19
New Zillow ad product unveiled: Home Page Featured Listings. Century21 signs on as the first national partner.

September 16
Zillow wins two Web Marketing Association WebAwards: Outstanding Website and Financial Services Standard of Excellence.

September 10
Zillow launches Mortgages Unzipped, a blog written by mortgage professionals and members of the Zillow Mortgage Marketplace team.

September 8
Zillow unveils Zillow Advertising Network, which is an extension of the Zillow Newspaper Consortium launched in June.

August 15
Zillow releases technology to conduct home searches via mobile browser.

August 14
Zillow launches second-generation local ad product named Showcase Ads, which replaces EZ Ads.

July 31
Zillow adds Saved Search e-mail alert to help save time for specific home searches.

July 30
Zillow unveils Famous Celebrity Neighborhoods.

July 24
Zillow adds Google Street View to home details pages on Zillow.

July 21
The 100th post for the Carnival of Real Estate is published. (CoRE was started by Zillow in July of 2006).

July 18
Zillow Broker Advisory Board announced.

July 12
Zillow begins issuing All-Star Badges to top community contributors.

July 11
Schools data is added to home details pages on Zillow.

July 10
Zillow rolls out free mortgage rates widgets and co-branding.

July 9
More than 50,000 loan requests submitted on Zillow Mortgage Marketplace.

June 26
Famous Historic Homes launches.

June 25
Zillow Home Report e-mail is updated and improved.

June 23
Featured listings begin appearing on Zillow.

June 19
Zillow and the Newspaper Consortium kick off their partnership as two of 282 TNC newspapers begin implementing the classified ad, content, and data agreement.

June 18
Borrowers submit 43,000 loan requests on Zillow Mortgage Marketplace, and 2,800 lenders respond with 200,000 loan quotes.

June 17
2.5 million homes are listed for sale on Zillow.

June 5
Zillow launches comprehensive, interactive mortgage rate charts on Zillow Mortgage Marketplace.

May 6
Zillow wins top Webby Award in real estate category.

April 21
Zillow wins Webware Award in Commerce & Events category.

April 2
Zillow Mortgage Marketplace launches, where borrowers and lenders come together in an open, anonymous, and free marketplace.

March 19
Zillow launches Dueling Digs, a "hot or not" tool useful for home improvement and remodeling, or just for plain fun.

February 21
Zillow launches Virtual Sold Sign program, in which agents and brokers continue marketing themselves on their sold properties for free.

February 15
100K real estate agents are registered on Zillow, with an additional 135K "secret agents" also participating.

February 14
1 million For Sale and Make Me Move listings are on Zillow

February 8
Happy 2nd Birthday, to us

January 16
Zillow announces it has released boundary lines for more than 7,000 neighborhoods around the U.S., covering roughly 150 cities for anyone to download, for free

January 10
Zillow adds 10 million homes to its database, improving Zestimate accuracy by 12 percent nationwide with new, hyper-local algorithms, and removing the beta tag from its logo.

--- 2007 ---

December 27
100,000 Make Me Move homes are posted on Zillow.

December 17
Zillow launches a new dynamic search and map-based technology called Zillow Smart Search.

November 21
500,000 homes have been posted for sale on Zillow.

November 14
The Zillow Listings Feed program launches, which allows brokerages and Web vendors to feed their for-sale listings to Zillow.

November 13
Zillow forms an online real estate partnership with 11 newspaper publishing companies, representing 282 newspapers nationwide.

October 30
Zillow launches Zillow Home Direct Ads, a suite of tools that enables advertisers to target ads specifically to any one of the millions of homes on Zillow.

October 16
Zillow is a "Gold Award Winner" in the W three Awards, which honors creative excellence on the Web.

September 20
Zillow raises an additional $30 million in Series C funding.

September 19
Zillow was named Outstanding Web site in the Real Estate category for the 2007 Web Marketing Association's Web Awards

September 14
1 million homes have been claimed on Zillow.

July 31
Zillow's blog team launches the GeekEstate Blog, with the goal to bring together real estate professionals and tech enthusiasts to learn how technology can increase their business

July 18
250,000 homes have been posted for sale on Zillow.

July 10
Zillow launches Neighborhood Pages.

July 4
1 million photos of homes have been uploaded by Zillow users.

July 1
30,000 questions and answers have been written on Home QandA.

June 28
Zillow has 50,000 registered real estate agents on the site.

May 24
The 1 millionth registered member joins the Zillow community.

May 10
The 2000th advertiser purchases a Zillow EZ Ad.

April 25
50,000 Make Me Move homes are posted on Zillow.

April 3
Zillow Community launches where anyone can "write to the site," by asking questions and sharing information.

March 4
More than 50,000 homes are posted for sale, an average of 526 homes posted per day by agents and homeowners since the posting tool launched on Dec. 6, 2006.

February 28
Take a virtual tour of the neighborhood. Bird's Eye View coverage is expanded from 22 million to 37 million homes.

February 21
Page counters are added to every home details page on the site, allowing you to see how many people have visited your home on Zillow.

February 19
Zillow is the featured cover story on Fortune Magazine.

February 8
Zillow turns 1 year old! In just one year's time, Zillow provides anyone the ability to get a starting point Zestimate home valuation, to post any home in the U.S. for sale, and to set a Make Me Move price. All for free!

January 4
Our unique and fun Make Me Move feature hits the 10,000 mark in homes that have a MMM price. An average of 345 owners per day have added a Make Me Move price to their home since the MMM tool launched.

--- 2006 ---

December 10
28 million unique homes have been viewed on Zillow.

December 6
With a virtual roar, Zillow President Lloyd Frink announces, "We're Opening It Up!" This release, known internally as Z4, gives agents and owners the ability to post any home in the U.S. for sale and homeowners can set a Make Me Move price. All of this for free! Not to be forgotten, the Zillow Real Estate Guide launches with more than 200 articles.

November 14
Zillow, only 9 months old, is named one of AdvertisingAge's 2006 "Marketing 50," which honors products that "broke through the clutter and delivered real impact." The list includes heavy hitters such as Dunkin' Donuts, Xbox 360, Gatorade, Visa, Comcast, and Verizon Wireless.

October 26
Zillow launches its Open API, allowing any Web site to add Zillow data and functionality.

October 11
In nearly one month's time, 100,000 homes are claimed on Zillow.

September 23
We don't know who they are or where they're from, but the 25-millionth person visits Zillow. We'd like to think that virtual balloons fell from the sky and music was piped in to welcome this person.

September 19
Z2 launches, allowing homeowners to claim their homes and edit their home facts in the Zillow database. This is Zillow's entry into the Web 2.0 read-write functionality.

August 21
Less than 7 months old, Zillow hires its 100th employee.

August 14
Wrestling zillions of data points to the ground, Dr. Stan and his analytics team release our first Quarterly Home Value Report, which provides snapshots of housing trends in several markets.

August 11
TIME Magazine names Zillow one of its 50 Coolest Websites, defined as "shining examples of Web 2.0: next-generation sites offering dynamic new ways to inform and entertain, sites with cutting-edge tools to create, consume, share or discuss all manners of media, from blog posts to video clips."

July 27
Zillow Mobile launches, allowing anyone with a mobile phone or handheld device to get a Zestimate and basic facts about a home after entering an address into their device.

July 18
Yahoo! Real Estate and Yahoo! Search form a partnership with Zillow to add Zestimates and other Zillow data to its Web site.

July 17
Zillow's blog team launches the Carnival of Real Estate with the goal to foster community among real estate bloggers.

June 19
You just can't hold a good developer's creativity down. Zillow Labs launches.

May 31
Zillow's wildly popular City Heat Maps launch, which are a real estate version of "Hot or Not."

April 28
Our first edition of Famous Homes goes live, reacquainting ourselves with famous mansions (Beverly Hillbillies, Playboy) and regular ol' homes (Brady Bunch, Happy Days) among many others. Famous Scary Homes follow in October.

April 13
Bird's Eye Views were added to many areas of the country alongside home details and Zestimates, providing 3D-like, high-resolution aerial images of homes.

March 29
The Zillow Home Report e-mail launches, providing subscribers with the ability to track up to 25 homes at a time on a monthly basis.

February 10
Online for only two days, Zillow welcomes its millionth visitor.

February 8
Zillow, the beta, launches, crashes, and launches again, all within the first 12 hours.

By Diane Tuman
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