One bird is singing the blues just for the time being

The last time I wrote about a new Web site that one of the founders described as “Priceline meets a dating service” was March.

“ is New York City’s only ‘name your own price’ Real Estate website,” the home page exclaimed.

REchirp was meant to give buyers a chance to search for properties without specifying price and provide listing brokers with leads. They had hoped to break even by year’s end.

Unfortunately for the two founders, Andrew Green and Marc Blum, REchirp has had to Continue reading sets the record straight on its intent

After reading my earlier post, which was based on a feature I saw in a weekly newspaper, the two founders of got in touch with me to clarify information that I picked up from the periodical.

Since my post was overwhelmingly negative, I’m glad Andrew Green and Marc Blum were able to clear up my misconceptions.

“We’re more like Priceline meets a dating service,” Andrew said in our conference call yesterday.  Continue reading

An online auction startup may be zaniest ever

“ is New York City’s only ‘name your own price’ Real Estate website.”

So begins the site’s description on its home page (never mind the upper case letters unnecessarily provided).  It continues:

“You decide what you would consider paying before you attend a showing and before you speak to the listing agent. At, we put you in control. works with a similar concept: Interested buyers or renters go to the website, browse the listings and make a bid or a “chirp.” If your chirp is accepted by the owner, you get to start negotiations.”

Am I missing something?

You haven’t seen the place and then you bid?  And the owner is supposed to take you seriously?  Yes, the site maintains: Continue reading