December 2, 2021

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Seattle appraisal startup Aloft lands $20M from real estate heavyweights

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The Aloft staff in Seattle. (Pictures courtesy of Aloft/Zack Phillips Pictures)

The news: Seattle-dependent authentic estate startup Aloft raised $20 million to develop its software platform employed for home appraisals.

The gist: Founded considerably less than a year back, Aloft aims to make the appraisal process a lot more successful and correct with the aid of technologies. It gives appraisal quotes in two minutes, and facilitates the true household inspection, which is carried out by its appraisers.

The corporation has annualized earnings in the millions of dollars and is performing with dozens of large nationwide loan providers, as properly as smaller regional loan providers, supplying immediate integration into their current units. It is operating in Seattle and Portland, with options to grow.

The founders: Aloft is led by CEO Travis Soukup, a previous Facebook manager who used time at shifting and storage business Litter, and much more not too long ago at serious estate startup Modus (acquired by Compass). Soukup co-established the 45-particular person corporation with Yongxing Deng, a previous engineering manager at Slack.

Aloft co-founders Travis Soukup (left) and Yongxing Deng.

The quotation: “Aloft improves the in general accessibility of the marketplace, removes transaction bottlenecks, and more digitizes the household-obtaining transaction course of action,” Soukup claimed.

The backers: Genuine estate-targeted VC agency Fifth Wall led the Sequence A spherical. Other backers include Andreessen Horowitz, which led the company’s seed spherical in March, and authentic estate heavyweights these as previous Zillow Team CEO Spencer Rascoff, Constructed CEO Chase Gilbert, and MetaProp, a VC company centered on true estate tech. Gokul Rajaram, a DoorDash exec and board member at Coinbase and Pinterest, is also an investor. Complete funding to day is $25 million.

“The appraisal marketplace is in deep require of evolution and Aloft is the organization that can get the position completed,” Dan Wenhold, spouse at Fifth Wall, said in a assertion.

The just take: Aloft is tackling a big chance — it estimates the true estate appraisal sector to be $10 billion. It is is one particular of several up-and-coming startups utilizing know-how to digitize various areas of the trillion-greenback real estate sector. Earlier this 7 days GeekWire described on a somewhat not known Bellingham, Wash.-based business identified as Area that lifted $100 million at a valuation of extra than $1 billion. Nevertheless, as Zillow Group’s stunning final decision to shut down its iBuying small business before this month reveals, employing technological know-how has its limits in the true estate industry.

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