The Vacasa Real Estate team. (Vacasa Photo)
When Portland startup Vacasa raised $103 million last year, it set the stage for a flurry of new products, and now the company is pulling back the curtain on the first one.
Vacasa is expanding beyond its bread and butter service of vacation rental management to offer a new network aimed at helping people through the process of buying and selling second homes. The Portland startup is not buying and selling vacation houses itself — not yet, anyway — but it is offering a variety of tools to help people looking to buy a vacation home, connect them with the right agents and share data and learnings from managing more than 9,000 properties with agents.
Vacasa CEO and co-founder Eric Breon.
The program resembles something of a Zillow for vacation homes, with Vacasa offering data on how much vacation homes can rent for and creating a platform for select real estate agents to connect with buyers and sellers. But CEO Eric Breon says the Vacasa Real Estate program goes beyond that, and the company is not seeking to monetize these offerings. Right now, Vacasa just wants to increase the supply of vacation homes on its …read more