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David joins us after a diverse leadership career with companies ranging from small startups to major enterprises. He succeeds Founder and former CEO, Kevin McCloskey. He has big plans for Househappy and has brought in some exciting new partnerships.

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Houshappy CEO, David Maoungian

When considering whether or not a startup will succeed Manougian says he “looks for brand potential, a unique customer experience, a business reason for the company to exist and most of all, the talent level of the people. In the case of Househappy it met and surpassed all these areas, especially the people.”

The primary area Manougian sees as a potential industry disruptor for Househappy is the opportunity to reach the next generation of homebuyers seeking a different experience than what exists today in how they search for, buy and maintain their homes. Househappy is passionate about providing these buyers and homeowners with a more visual and personalized search along with the tools to help them manage the most important purchase most people will make in their lifetime – their home.

To learn more about David and changes at Househappy, Malia Spencer, Reporter at the Portland Business Journal, was kind enough to write about us. Click here to check it out.

After a short hiatus, we are back and better than ever. Our site has a fresh new look and we have a lot going on here at Househappy. Hopefully you have had a chance to check out some of our sweet new features:

  • Property Alerts (real-time notifications on listings that become available in this hot market)
  • Search by neighborhood or school district
  • Walkability scores and school ratings
  • An RMLS direct feed for the most up-to-date listings in Oregon and Southwest Washington
  • A carefully curated selection of the best local real estate agents, links to reputable mortgage providers, and a Marketplace with home service providers.

Sign-up for My Househappy (upper right corner) and start taking advantage of all the new features we have to offer.

Check back soon — we have some great content and announcements coming!

As home values began to rebound following the foreclosure crisis, the number of multi-million dollar homes in California climbed to a record high last year. According to reports from DataQuick, there was a 47% increase (4,500) in properties sold for $2-3 million, a 31% increase in homes sold for $3-4 million, and a 29% increase in homes sold for $4-5 million.

The majority of luxury home sales occurred in 25 cities along the California coast including Manhattan Beach, La Jolla, Hillsborough, Menlo Park, and Los Gatos. California’s most expensive sale last year was an 8 bedroom, 14 bathroom beachfront mansion in Malibu for $74.5 million.

The luxury-home market “responds to its own set of economic factors,” said John Walsh, President of DataQuick. Rather than traditional factors, things like initial public offerings, stock-market performance, and investment decisions can play a greater role.

Check out some of our favorite luxury homes for sale in California (below), or visit Househappy.org to view more properties.

This article can be found in its original form on Bloomberg.

Images: Househappy.org

Inman News stopped by the Househappy booth in Start Up Alley and spoke with Robyn Woodman, head of business development, about Househappy’s photo-driven search and how the site functions for mobile devices.

Househappy will be at booth #S20 at the Real Estate Connect conference in New York City through Friday, January 17th.

Watch the video below or check out the compete article at Inman News!

Arianna HuffingtonInman News announced Tuesday morning that Arianna Huffington will be the opening keynote speaker at January’s Real Estate Connect NYC. Huffington is the president and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group, a nationally syndicated columnist, author of thirteen books, and was recently named to the Forbes Most Powerful Women list for 2013.

Huffington will join a line-up of over 80 speakers including Dave Liniger, chairman and founder of RE/MAX; Sherry Chris, CEO of Better Homes and Gardens Real; Mark Willis, CEO of Keller Williams Realty; Joanne Wilson, Venture Capitalist; Josh Miller, CEO and co-founder of Branch; and Lockhart Steele, founder and president of Curbed.

“If there is anyone that knows about partnerships, it is Arianna Huffington,” said Brad Inman, publisher of Inman News. “From her experience with The Huffington Post partnership with AOL, to her Third Metric Conferences that inspire attendees to connect, learn from one another and exchange ideas; Arianna is the perfect keynote speaker for Real Estate Connect NYC. We are thrilled that she will be joining us.”

Source: PRWeb

If you’re a neurotic extrovert living in California or a relaxed and openminded Pennsylvanian, it might be time to consider a move!

Using personality test data from over one million people across the United States, researchers have identified three distinct personality regions in the country:

  • Friendly and conventional
  • Relaxed and creative
  • Temperamental and uninhibited

In the map above, each state is colored by the region it belongs to and shaded according to how strongly its personality matches that profile.

Want to know where you belong? Click here to take the 10 question survey to know which state is the best match for your personality.

This post can be found in its original form at Time

Construction, or assembly rather, has begun on the new ‘N’Habit: Belltown apartments. Whereas building a traditional apartment complex can take years, the new 49-unit building is expected to be complete in just 7 months thanks to modular development.

Before being craned into place, each unit was pre-assembled in a factory (a process that only takes 10-11 days per unit) and arrived complete with plumbing, wiring, fixtures, cabinets, appliances, and floor coverings.

“Similar to how manufacturing-based efficiencies advanced the aerospace and automotive industries, modular construction is setting a new standard in the development industry as the better way to build,” the ‘N’Habit website explains.

Sources: Curbed, SeattlePI

Photos: Charter Construction.