Housing recession--says who? Certainly not Roost, the newest real estate search engine to hit the market. Unlike hybrid home buying info sites like Trulia and Zillow, Roost is focused on search, plain and simple, with an interface that is quite similar to travel search engine Kayak. Users will find data from various local listings services and real estate agents, and can sort it according to criteria like price, school district and number of bedrooms.
Currently in public beta, Roost covers 14 markets, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston and Portland, as well as various locales in northern and southern California. CEO Alex Chang says the company plans to expand to about 25 major metropolitan markets within the next year.