Real Estate’s Latest Bid: Zillow Wants to Buy Your House

New York Times, May 7, 2019–Ben Casselman, Conor Dougherty
Tech companies have begun to nibble away at the edges of the residential real estate industry, offering virtual open houses, digital closings and other services. Now they are coming straight for the real estate transaction itself through “instant buying,” in which companies buy homes, perform some light maintenance and put them back on the market.