PORTLAND, Ore., Aug. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Real estate startup Househappy formally announced a new CEO, David Manougian, today. Manougian joins Househappy after a diverse leadership career with companies ranging from small startups to major enterprises. He succeeds Founder and former CEO, Kevin McCloskey.
Manougian has big plans for this young company. When considering whether or not a startup will succeed Manougian says he "looks for brand potential, a unique customer experience, a business reason for the company to exist and most of all, the talent level of the people. In the case of Househappy it met and surpassed all these areas, especially the people."
The primary area Manougian sees as a potential industry disruptor for Househappy is the opportunity to reach the next generation of homebuyers seeking a different experience than what exists today in how they search for, buy and maintain their homes. Househappy is passionate about providing these buyers and homeowners with a more visual and personalized search along with the tools to help them manage the most important purchase most people will make in their lifetime – their home.
Manougian has been involved in multiple startups and "absolutely loves to be a part of a team of people creating something that didn't exist before, provides a unique service to the consumer and a benefit to the employees that cannot be found at a typical nine to five." A Portland, Ore. native, he attributes his solid business foundation to the E.&J. Gallo Winery in California, where his career began. Manougian followed that up with five years at Nike immersing himself in consumer focused culture and then went on to become one of the original employees involved with starting The GOLF Channel, where he served in various leadership roles for 13 years – including the final five as CEO. He also launched Comcast Sportsnet NW, is Chair of the Board for Wine Direct and sits on the Board of Albertina Kerr, a Portland non-profit providing services for kids and adults who suffer from developmental disabilities and mental health challenges. Recently, Manougian completed a documentary film, "The Big Lonely" which chronicles a year in the life of a homeless man who instead of living under a bridge moved into the middle of the wildness.
Under Manougian's leadership, Househappy has released several new features in the past few weeks, including:
- Property Alerts (real-time notification on listings that become available in this hot market)
- Search by neighborhood or school district
- Walkability scores and school ratings
- An RMLS direct feed for the most up-to-date listing data in Oregon and Southwest Washington
- A carefully curated selection of the best local real estate agents, links to reputable mortgage lenders, and a Marketplace with home service providers.
Househappy recently closed on a $1.3 million funding round with a portion of the funds coming from Fidelity National Financial, one of the nation's largest title companies. The money is being used to revamp the site and launch marketing efforts. The next round is expected sometime later this fall after the team has had a chance to execute on revenue generation from both the marketplace and the real estate component of the site. Focus will be on Portland first, moving up to Seattle and then going market-by market and building out a consumer centered ecosystem guiding people through the process of buying, moving, maintaining, and selling their home.
About Househappy Inc.
Househappy is located in Portland, OR and was established in 2011 by Kevin McCloskey, a serial entrepreneur and seasoned broker with over 25 years of experience in the real estate industry. Our home search website, Househappy.org, launched in March 2013 and continues to evolve and grow. We provide photo-driven home search, a carefully curated selection of the local real estate professionals, reputable mortgage lenders, and a home services marketplace. Most importantly, we want to be your guide every step of the way through finding, purchasing, moving into, enjoying, maintaining, and selling your most important asset – your home.
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