Real estate tech startup OJO Labs raises $62.5 million, acquires Movoto – HousingWire

Real estate tech startup OJO Labs raises $62.5 million, acquires Movoto – HousingWire

Real estate tech startup OJO Labs announced Tuesday the close of a $62.5 million funding round and the acquisition of Movoto, a residential real estate search site.

With the latest financing, OJO Labs has now raised a known $134 million in venture funding since its 2015 inception, according to Crunchbase. Wafra led the latest investment, which also included participation from Breyer Capital, LiveOak Venture Partners, Royal Bank of Canada and Northwestern Mutual Future Ventures. The company declined to reveal at which valuation this latest round was raised.

John Berkowitz, CEO and cofounder of OJO Labs, told HousingWire that the new capital was only in part used to fund its purchase of Movoto and that the rest will be going toward growing the combined business. He added that the buy was made with a combination of cash and equity.

Acquiring other startups is clearly a key part of Austin-based OJO Labs’ growth strategy. The company, which combines human and machine intelligence to provide personalized property recommendations and insights, also acquired real estate software platform RealSavvy last October. OJO Labs also picked up WolfNet Technologies in October 2018.

It did not reveal how much it’s paying for Movoto, only noting that the San Mateo-based company is the “fastest-growing top 5 residential real estate search site in the United States with nearly 24 million monthly visits.”

The company believes there continues to be a big gap between the initiation of self-guided online search and the moment a consumer is
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