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CoStar buys Apartments.com for $585M

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March 04, 2014 06:20PM

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From left: Andrew Florance and the homepage for Apartments.com

From left: Andrew Florance and the homepage for Apartments.com

A subscription-driven data cruncher for the commercial real estate industry has swallowed up an online apartment search company for $585 million.

Maryland-based CoStar Group purchased Apartments.com, as well as ApartmentHomeLiving.com and RentalHomesPlus.com, from Chicago-based Classified Ventures Tuesday, the Washington Post reported.

The sellers are a group of newspaper companies, including Graham Holdings, the former parent of the Washington Post, which expects to receive $95 million for its 16.5 percent stake in the company and Gannett, the publisher of USA Today, which expects to rake in $155 million for its 26.9 percent interest. Other owners include Tribune and McClatchy.

Together the three websites generated more than 100 million visits last year and made about $86 million in revenue, according to the Post.

CoStar also recently purchased a smaller data firm called Loopnet for $860 million, which doubled the firm’s client base, as The Real Deal reported at the time.

“In much the same way LoopNet revolutionized how owners and brokers market the commercial real estate sectors of office, industrial and retail, Apartments has transformed the way owners and property managers market their commercial real estate’s apartment buildings, moving them from the classified ads section of Classified Ventures owners’ newspapers to more effective online advertising,” said CoStar’s founder Andrew Florance in a statement.

The deal is slated to close in the second quarter. [Washington Post]Angela Hunt

  • ron

    $585M????????????????????????????
    HUH!?!?!?!?!?!!?!?
    Not in NYC and what a WASTE OF $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    • BigBoysBlast

      I see you’ve discovered symbols on your keyboard

    • putin

      there is a world outside of NY

  • http://tungstenproperty.com/agents/matthew+spiegel/5 Matthew Spiegel

    Not sure how they can make sense of this acquisition. The Loopnet deal made sense for them as they can cross sell in between the two platforms and be able to bring in listings from loopnet into costar. Going into apartments, seems like a completely different business model.

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