The new realities of real estate: Redfin CEO on tech, climate, housing, and the era of ‘a thousand HQs’

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Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman joins us on this episode of the GeekWire Podcast to discuss the latest twists in the housing market; delays in returning to the office; the role of climate in real estate; how technology is changing homebuying; and the impact of remote work and migration on Seattle and other U.S. cities.

In some ways, “it’s our employees who are deciding where Redfin’s headquarters are going to be,” Kelman says. “We now have 1,000 headquarters. There are people who have moved all over the country.”

In literal terms, Kelman explains, he’s committed to keeping Redfin’s headquarters in Seattle. But he says the migration of employees creates a new dynamic for city officials seeking to work with business leaders to address economic inequality.

We talked after the tech-oriented real estate brokerage released its second-quarter earnings report this week. Redfin’s revenue jumped 121% to $471…

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