Knock Home Swap™ expands to Nashville and the Twin Cities

The Home Swap delivers a new way for homeowners to be more competitive in today’s hot housing market, and the convenience of buying their dream home before they list 

NEW YORK (March 25, 2021) -- Homeowners in Minneapolis-St. Paul and Nashville have a new way to compete and win as they gear up for what is likely to be the most competitive spring homebuying season either market has ever experienced. Starting today, they can use the Knock Home Swap to get pre-funded for a competitively priced mortgage to make a cash-equivalent offer on their dream home before even listing their old house.

With today’s launch, the Knock Home Swap is available in 27 markets in nine states. Offered from coast-to-coast, the Twin Cities marks Knock’s entry into the Midwest.

“Knock is changing how people buy and sell homes for the better. By empowering people to buy before they sell we’re eliminating the uncertainty and stress that comes from timing a home sale with the purchase of a new one,” said Knock Co-Founder and CEO Sean Black. “We’re thrilled to bring the Knock Home Swap to Minneapolis-St. Paul and Nashville. Both markets are very competitive with homes receiving multiple offers and selling fast, making it extremely challenging and intimidating for those who need to sell their old house first.”

The Home Swap allows a consumer to immediately take ownership of their new home and sell their old house on the open market for the maximum sale price. They immediately begin earning equity in their new home and skip the hassle of living through repairs and showings.

The Knock Home Swap includes a fully integrated and competitively priced mortgage as well as up to $250,000 in an interest-free bridge loan to cover the down payment on the new home in addition to home prep and up to six months of mortgage payments on the old house. As part of its Home Prep Concierge, Knock provides access to its approved contractor network and manages the payment of all bills upon client-approved completion of work. Additionally, Knock provides a backup offer on the old house in the unlikely event that it doesn't sell within six months. Ninety percent of Knock homes sell in 90 days or less.

In each market where the Home Swap is available, consumers work with their local agent who has been trained as a Knock Certified Agent. In Minneapolis-St. Paul, Knock is partnering with Keller Williams Preferred Realty and RE/MAX Results. In Nashville, its partners are: Keller Williams Realty - Hendersonville, Nashville Urban, Mt. Juliet and Lebanon, Keller Williams Realty - Franklin, Green Hills, Murfreesboro, The Ashton Real Estate Group of RE/MAX Advantage and Reliant Realty ERA POWERED.

As the Knock Home Swap continues its rapid expansion throughout the U.S., it is helping people move freely to not just a new home, but a new state. In addition to Minneapolis-St. Paul and Nashville, the Knock Home Swap is available in nearly 3,700 ZIP codes throughout Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Bakersfield, Calif.; Charlotte, N.C.; Colorado Springs, Colo.; Dallas-Fort Worth; Denver; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Houston; Jacksonville, Fla.; Los Angeles; Miami; Orange County, Calf.; Orlando, Fla.; Phoenix; Raleigh, N.C.; Riverside-Palm Springs, Calf.; San Antonio; Santa Barbara, Calif.; San Bernardino, Calif.; San Diego; Tampa, Fla.; Tucson, Ariz.; Ventura, Calif. and West Palm Beach, Fla. through more than 150 real estate brokerage firms with nearly 76,000 agents. Knock plans to offer the Home Swap in 75 markets by 2023.

About Knock
Knock is on a mission to empower people to move freely. The Knock Home Swap™ makes it easy for consumers to buy their new dream home before selling their old one, skipping the hassles of living through repairs and showings, paying only one mortgage at a time, and having home prep covered upfront so their old house sells for the highest possible price. Knock currently offers the Home Swap in 27 markets in nine states and plans to be in 75 markets by 2023.

Launched in 2015 by founding team members of Trulia.com, Knock has raised more than $600 million in debt and equity from top tier investors, including RRE Ventures, Foundry Group, Redpoint, Greycroft, Corazon Capital, Correlation Ventures, Great Oaks Venture Capital and FJ Labs.

Media contact: pr@knock.com

International Women's Day: Recognizing our Talent & Culture Team

As we think about this year's theme for International Women's Day, "Women in Leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world," we are reflecting on the disproportionate effect the pandemic had on women in the workplace. In September alone, a staggering 80% of the 1.1M people who left the workforce were women.

While all Knockstars came together during these challenging times, we especially want to recognize the leadership of three incredible women on our Talent and Culture team—Terra Soloski, Head of Talent and Culture; LeeSa Lyons, Culture Captain; and Beth Marceau, Talent Lead. They trail-blazed initiatives designed to ensure that all of us at Knock had the resources we need to balance our families and careers, including:

100% REMOTE MODEL

Since 2015, we have and continue to be uniquely positioned as a 100% remote organization. We did not and do not require Knockstars to go into any office.

FLEXIBILITY

We offer flexible work schedules to accommodate personal changes as a result of the pandemic. We also created "Summer Hours," so our Knockstars could take time for themselves and their families every Friday.

"KNOCKSCHOOL"

During shelter-in-place orders and distanced learning, we began "Knockschoolers" weekly Zooms to introduce our children to each other and foster social interaction.

COMPUTER LENDING PROGRAM

Remote learning has been a massive change for many. To support our Knockstars' children, we offered computers for remote-learning.

COVID-19 DETECTION

To help our Knockstars with early COVID-19 detection and overall health awareness, we offered WHOOP fitness bands to track and measure wellness trends.

MENTAL HEALTH

We expanded our $1,000 per year training and development reimbursement to also cover mental health costs for our employees.

RESOURCES

We encouraged those who needed additional support to contact our employee assistance program (EAP) for counseling. Over the holidays, we also offered our Knockstars $200 each to put towards food and groceries.

Thank you, Terra, LeeSa, and Beth! Your courage and commitment has been nothing short of inspiring.

Knock Home Swap™ Expands to 25 Markets; Now Available Throughout Southern California from Santa Barbara to San Diego

Expansion is company’s largest to date, giving homeowners from coast-to-coast the ability to buy their dream home before they list

Knock Home Swap™ Expands to 25 Markets; Now Available Throughout Southern California from Santa Barbara to San Diego

Expansion is company’s largest to date, giving homeowners from coast-to-coast the ability to buy their dream home before they list

NEW YORK (March. 4, 2021) -- It just got easier for homeowners in the Southern California markets of Bakersfield, Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside/Palm Springs, Santa Barbara, San Bernardino, San Diego and Ventura to compete and win in today’s competitive market. Starting today, they can take advantage of the Knock Home Swap to get pre-funded for a competitively priced mortgage to make a cash-equivalent offer on their dream home before even listing their old house.

Since it was introduced less than eight months ago, the Knock Home Swap has grown to 25 markets in seven states across the country. Today’s launch follows Knock’s expansion last week into Los Angeles, the nation’s largest housing market.

“Knock was founded on the belief that people would buy and sell homes freely if we could remove the stress and uncertainty around the process,” said Knock Co-Founder and CEO Sean Black. “Today, five years later, homeowners have more options than ever when it comes to selling a home. However, only the Home Swap provides the ability to make a non-contingent offer to win your dream home and move before listing a house in top-selling condition for the maximum sale price. Consumers and real estate professionals love the certainty, convenience and cost savings offered by the Knock Home Swap, which is fueling our rapid growth. In less than eight months, we’ve more than tripled our market coverage.”

Knock has partnered with more than a half-dozen brokerage firms to bring the Home Swap to Southern California, including The Agency; Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Perrie Mundy and California Realty; Keller Williams Realty Anaheim Hills/Yorba Linda, N. Tustin and Brea Fullerton; HomeSmart Evergreen; Realty One Group West; Seven Gables Real Estate and Century 21 Award.

“In the midst of Coronavirus and a housing market with ultra-low inventory, many sellers are fearful about the prospects of selling their home and not being able to find a suitable replacement home in time," said Dave Corey, Managing Broker of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Perrie Mundy Realty Group and California Realty. "Knock created a solution to this problem with a platform that allows our real estate sales executives to provide their clients more certainty and even more buying power when selling and buying a home at the same time. We are excited to be able to offer this unique solution, and we see it as an important part of our strategy to offer innovative solutions to our clients."

“The Knock Home Swap program is an innovative, yet conservative way to facilitate the home-buying process with much less stress,” said Colleen Rogers, Operating Principal of Keller Williams Realty Anaheim Hills/Yorba Linda, N. Tustin. “The Home Swap alleviates the need to be glued to contingencies and the highly stressful timeline to sell their current home and close on their new home all while they are having a smooth experience through this program. We’re excited to partner with Knock to provide sellers with a real competitive advantage.”

The Knock Home Swap includes a fully-integrated and competitively priced mortgage as well as up to $250,000 in an interest-free bridge loan to cover the down payment on the new home in addition to home prep and up to six months of mortgage payments on the old house.

With the Home Swap, consumers immediately take ownership and begin earning equity in their new home, avoiding the hassles of living through repairs and showings. As part of its Home Prep Concierge, Knock provides access to its approved contractor network and manages the payment of all bills upon client-approved completion of work. Additionally, Knock provides a backup offer on the old house in the unlikely event that it doesn't sell within six months. Ninety percent of Knock homes sell in 90 days or less. 

In addition to the eight markets throughout Southern California, the Knock Home Swap is available in Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Charlotte, N.C.; Colorado Springs, Colo.; Dallas-Fort Worth; Denver; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Houston; Jacksonville, Fla.; Miami; Orlando, Fla.; Phoenix; Raleigh, N.C.; San Antonio; Tampa, Fla.; Tucson, Ariz. and West Palm Beach, Fla. through more than 120 real estate brokerage firms with nearly 70,000 agents. Knock plans to offer the Home Swap in 75 markets by 2023.

About Knock

Knock is on a mission to empower people to move freely. The Knock Home Swap™ makes it easy for consumers to buy their new dream home before selling their old one, skipping the hassles of living through repairs and showings, paying only one mortgage at a time, and having home prep covered upfront so their old house sells for the highest possible price. Knock currently offers the Home Swap in 25 markets in seven states and plans to nearly double the number of markets it serves in 2021 and be in 75 markets by 2023.

Launched in 2015 by founding team members of Trulia.com, Knock has raised more than $600 million in debt and equity from top tier investors, including RRE Ventures, Foundry Group, Redpoint, Greycroft, Corazon Capital, Correlation Ventures, Great Oaks Venture Capital and FJ Labs.

About Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Perrie Mundy Realty Group and California Realty

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Perrie Mundy Realty Group and California Realty has 4 offices and over 320 agents in the Inland Empire area of southern California.  With sales of over $435 million in 2020 and over 1,000 closed sides, BHHS Perrie Mundy Realty Group and California Realty has grown over 300% in the last 2 years and enjoys the #1 market share position in the luxury market in Redlands, CA where its headquarters is located.

About Keller Williams Realty Anaheim Hills/Yorba Linda, N. Tustin and Brea Fullerton

Founded in 2011, Keller Williams Realty Anaheim Hills/Yorba Linda, N. Tustin and Brea Fullerton are among the top producing firms in Southern California. The organization’s 700+ agents provide a full range of residential and commercial real estate services to clients throughout the region, including Orange, Los Angeles and Riverside counties.

Media contact: pr@knock.com

Knock and The Agency Partner to Give Los Angeles Homeowners a Competitive Edge in Hot Housing Market

LA becomes the largest of 18 markets where homeowners can buy their dream home before they sell with the Knock Home Swap™

NEW YORK (Feb. 25, 2021) -- Today Knock and high-profile LA brokerage firm The Agency are arming homeowners in Los Angeles with a new way to compete and win in today’s competitive housing market by being able to buy their new dream home before they sell their existing one. The Agency is one of LA’s most successful real estate brokerage firms and now its agents can further exceed client expectations by offering them the Knock Home Swap, which gives homeowners the advantage of being fully pre-funded to make a cash-equivalent offer on their dream home before even listing their old home.

Today’s launch in Los Angeles -- the nation’s second-largest housing market and the largest market where the Knock Home Swap is available to date -- marks Knock’s expansion into California. In the seven months since the Knock Home Swap launched in Atlanta, Dallas and Phoenix, it has grown to a total of 18 markets in seven states.

As part of its expansion into LA, one of the nation's highest-priced housing markets, Knock has increased its interest-free Home Swap bridge loan that allows homeowners to buy before they sell from $200,000 to $250,000.

“Selling a home is always stressful, and that is only magnified in today’s fiercely competitive housing market, where inventory is at an all-time low and bidding wars make it difficult for anyone with a contingency to compete,” said Knock Co-Founder and CEO Sean Black. “With the Knock Home Swap, we are reimagining the process of buying and selling homes, giving existing homeowners the ability to buy their dream home first and then repair and list their old house on the open market for the maximum sale price. We’re thrilled to bring the Home Swap to Los Angeles -- one of the largest, most diverse and competitive housing markets in the country -- in partnership with The Agency.”

According to The Agency’s 2020 Annual Report, The Red Paper, buyers in Los Angeles seeking a single-family residence with a backyard for under $2 million faced record-breaking competition in 2020 and that will only continue in 2021. The Agency reports that in January, the median sale price of a single-family home in Los Angeles County was $785,000, up 15.4% over last year, and homes were selling in 13 days, 21 days faster than a year ago. 

“Buyers in Los Angeles are competing in a market where aggressive deal terms, bidding wars, and homes snapped up hours after they hit the market are par for the course in the $2 million and under price range,” said Mauricio Umansky, CEO and Founder of The Agency. “Our Knock Certified Agents will be able to work with their clients to offer Knock Home Swap as an option to present competitive deal terms and to help them move into their dream homes sooner. We believe Knock Home Swap will be a great tool for our clients in Los Angeles, Scottsdale and South Florida.”

In addition to Los Angeles, The Agency’s real estate professionals in Scottsdale, Ariz. and South Florida also will be able to offer the Home Swap to their clients.

The Knock Home Swap includes a fully integrated and competitively priced mortgage as well as up to $250,000 in an interest-free bridge loan to cover the down payment on the new home in addition to home prep and up to six months of mortgage payments on the old house.

With the Home Swap, consumers immediately take ownership and begin earning equity in their new home, avoiding the hassles of living through repairs and showings. As part of its Home Prep Concierge, Knock provides access to its approved contractor network and manages the payment of all bills upon client-approved completion of work. Additionally, Knock provides a backup offer on the old house in the unlikely event that it doesn't sell within six months. Ninety percent of Knock homes sell in 90 days or less. 

The Knock Home Swap is available in Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Charlotte, N.C.; Colorado Springs, Colo.; Dallas-Fort Worth; Denver; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Houston; Jacksonville, Fla.; Los Angeles; Miami; Orlando, Fla.; Phoenix; Raleigh, N.C.; San Antonio; Tampa, Fla.; Tucson, Ariz. and West Palm Beach, Fla. Knock plans to nearly double the number of markets it serves in 2021 and be in 75 markets by 2023.

About Knock

Knock is on a mission to empower people to move freely. The Knock Home Swap™ makes it easy for consumers to buy their new dream home before selling their old one, skipping the hassles of living through repairs and showings, paying only one mortgage at a time, and having home prep covered upfront so their old house sells for the highest possible price. Knock currently offers the Home Swap in 18 markets in seven states and plans to nearly double the number of markets it serves in 2021 and be in 75 markets by 2023.

Launched in 2015 by founding team members of Trulia.com, Knock has raised more than $600 million in debt and equity from top tier investors, including RRE Ventures, Foundry Group, Redpoint, Greycroft, Corazon Capital, Correlation Ventures, Great Oaks Venture Capital and FJ Labs.

About The Agency 

The Agency is a full-service, luxury real estate brokerage and lifestyle company representing clients in a spectrum of classes, including residential, new development, resort real estate, residential leasing, and luxury vacation rentals. Since its inception in 2011, The Agency has modernized and advanced the real estate industry by fostering a culture of partnership in which all clients and listings are represented in a collaborative environment. Shunning the traditional brokerage model, agents share knowledge, spheres of influence, contacts, and expertise, ensuring clients better representation and a true competitive edge. The Agency has closed more than $25 billion in real estate transactions since its inception and has almost 700 agents in more than 36 offices in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

Media contact: pr@knock.com

Knock Taps Industry Veteran Laura Gray As Head of Lending

NEW YORK (Feb. 22, 2021) -- Knock, the real estate technology company on a mission to empower people to move freely, announced today that it has hired mortgage and home loan industry veteran Laura Gray as Head of Lending. In this role, Gray will lead the day-to-day operations of Knock’s innovative lending operation that powers the Knock Home Swap™, a revolutionary way for homeowners to buy their new home before they sell.

Reporting to Knock Co-Founder & CEO Sean Black, Gray brings more than 30 years of experience across all facets of the mortgage origination and lending process.

“We’re excited to welcome Laura to Knock. Our lending technology and operation is the backbone of the Home Swap, which brings certainty, convenience and cost savings to people who want to swap the home they have for their dream home. Laura brings the leadership and operational expertise that will ensure we’re able to exceed the expectations of our customers and industry partners while scaling our business nationally in order to give everyone the freedom to move on their terms,” said Black.

Gray has worked in all aspects of lending, beginning her career as a junior processor and rising through the ranks to hold national operations and underwriting roles at some of the nation’s largest and best-known lending institutions, including Peoples Bank Mortgage, Wyndham Capital Mortgage, Fifth Third Bank and Wells Fargo.  

“After spending my career at some of the largest and fastest growing lenders in the nation, it’s exciting to be joining Knock,” Gray said. “By leveraging technology, Knock is transforming how people buy and sell homes and, in turn, making it easier for them to realize their homeownership dreams. Knock has built a strong company culture that is built on transparency and putting its people first.”

The Knock Home Swap provides a fully integrated and competitively priced mortgage as well as up to $200,000 in an interest-free bridge loan to cover the down payment on the new home and home prep and up to six months of mortgage payments on the old house. The Knock Home Swap is available today in 17 markets across Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Texas. Knock plans to nearly double the number of markets it serves in 2021 and be in 75 markets by 2023.

About Knock

Knock is on a mission to empower people to move freely. The Knock Home Swap™ makes it easy for consumers to buy their new dream home before selling their old one, skipping the hassles of living through repairs and showings, paying only one mortgage at a time, and having home prep covered upfront so their old house sells for the highest possible price. Knock currently offers the Home Swap in 17 markets in six states and plans to nearly double the number of markets it serves in 2021 and be in 75 markets by 2023.

Launched in 2015 by founding team members of Trulia.com, Knock has raised more than $600 million in debt and equity from top tier investors, including RRE Ventures, Foundry Group, Redpoint, Greycroft, Corazon Capital, Correlation Ventures, Great Oaks Venture Capital and FJ Labs.

Media contact: pr@knock.com

Knock Home Swap™ Expands in Arizona and Colorado, Now Available in Tucson and Colorado Springs

Homeowners in 17 markets can safely and conveniently buy their new home before they sell

NEW YORK (Feb. 11, 2021) -- Starting today, homeowners in Tucson, Ariz., and Colorado Springs, Colo., can now skip the hassles of living through repairs and showings by buying before they sell with the Knock Home Swap. Bringing certainty, convenience and cost savings to the often stressful process of selling a home, the Home Swap makes it easy for homeowners to get pre-funded for a competitively priced mortgage from Knock before listing and selling their house on the open market for the maximum price.

Today’s launch expands the Home Swap’s presence in Arizona and Colorado beyond the Phoenix and Denver metropolitan areas and to a total of 17 markets nationwide.

“The pandemic has accelerated migration to markets like Tucson and Colorado Springs that offer affordability, growing economies and quality of life, often putting homeowners who have to sell their house before buying their next home at a disadvantage to those relocating from expensive coastal markets,” said Knock Co-Founder & CEO Sean Black. “The Home Swap provides the advantage of being pre-funded for a new mortgage so a consumer can win in today’s fiercely competitive market and still sell their old house on the open market for top dollar.”
To enable homeowners to “swap” their current house for their dream home, Knock is partnering with HomeSmart Advantage Group in Tucson and RE/MAX Properties, Inc. of Colorado Springs and Keller Williams Premier Realty in Colorado Springs.

“We are excited to partner with Knock to bring new selling options to Tucson homeowners. The Home Swap allows homeowners to be much more competitive when submitting offers. When they go to sell their old house, they are able to skip the stress of living in their home while it is being marketed and shown for sale, which is even more important today with the pandemic,” said Riana King, Head of Business Development, HomeSmart Advantage Group.

"The Home Swap program gives an upper hand to our agents and the buyers they represent," Almost every transaction is selling at or above listing price with multiple offers. If a buyer's offer is contingent on their current home selling, they have little chance. The Home Swap program removes that contingency and will help them win the multiple offer contest," said Tony Clement, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Properties, Inc. of Colorado Springs.

“We are thrilled to partner with Knock to help our clients ease the stress when purchasing their next home. The ability for our clients to sell their current home after they move into their new home and maximize their profit is a huge advantage. We are grateful to work with a Realtor-friendly company that allows our clients to work with the Realtor they trust,” said Derek Wagner, Broker/Owner, Keller Williams Premier Realty.

The Knock Home Swap provides a fully integrated and competitively priced mortgage as well as up to $200,000 in an interest-free bridge loan to cover the down payment on the new home and home prep and up to six months of mortgage payments on the old house.

With the Home Swap, consumers immediately take ownership and begin earning equity in their new home. As part of its Home Prep Concierge, Knock provides access to its approved contractor network and manages the payment of all bills upon client-approved completion of work. Additionally, Knock provides a backup offer on the old house in the unlikely event that it doesn’t sell within six months. Ninety percent of Knock homes sell in 90 days or less.

The Knock Home Swap is available in Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Charlotte, N.C.; Colorado Springs, Colo.; Dallas-Fort Worth; Denver; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Houston; Jacksonville, Fla.; Miami; Orlando, Fla.; Phoenix; Raleigh, N.C.; San Antonio; Tampa, Fla.; Tucson, Ariz. and West Palm Beach, Fla. through 110 real estate brokerage firms with nearly 50,000 agents. Knock plans to nearly double the number of markets it serves in 2021 and be in 75 markets by 2023.

About Knock
Knock is on a mission to empower people to move freely. The Knock Home Swap™ makes it easy for consumers to buy their new dream home before selling their old one, skipping the hassles of living through repairs and showings, paying only one mortgage at a time, and having home prep covered upfront so their old house sells for the highest possible price. Knock currently offers the Home Swap in 17 markets in six states and plans to nearly double the number of markets it serves in 2021 and be in 75 markets by 2023.

Launched in 2015 by founding team members of Trulia.com, Knock has raised more than $600 million in debt and equity from top tier investors, including RRE Ventures, Foundry Group, Redpoint, Greycroft, Corazon Capital, Correlation Ventures, Great Oaks Venture Capital and FJ Labs.

About HomeSmart Advantage Group
HomeSmart Advantage Group was introduced to the Tucson, Ariz., market in 2010 and has been successfully and professionally serving clients with two convenient locations ever since. HomeSmart Advantage Group’s dedication to client service combined with a unique approach to real estate has helped the firm earn the distinction of the fastest growing real estate company in Tucson.

About RE/MAX Properties, Inc. of Colorado Springs
RE/MAX Properties, Inc. has helped over 100,000 families buy or sell a home in Colorado Springs since 1989. The company’s full-service professional broker associates service all areas of Colorado Springs and surrounding areas in addition to relocation clients worldwide. More information can be found online at www.HomesColorado.com.

About Keller Williams Premier Realty
Keller Williams Premier Realty has served the real estate needs of thousands of buyers, sellers and homeowners in Colorado’s Pikes Peak region. The firm’s 132 full-time Realtors understand that buying or selling a home is more than just a transaction and they are dedicated to providing exceptional service that results in long-term relationships.

Knock Elects Airbnb Chief Security Officer and Head of Engineering & Data Science for Trust & Safety Vijaya Kaza to Board of Directors

Kaza brings experience building and scaling platforms and consumer experience at some of the best known brands to Knock’s board

NEW YORK (Feb. 4, 2021) -- Knock, the real estate technology company on a mission to empower people to move more freely, today announced that Vijaya Kaza, Airbnb Chief Security Officer and Head of Engineering & Data Science for Trust & Safety, has been elected to the company’s board of directors. Kaza adds extensive product and engineering experience to the company’s board as it embarks upon an aggressive growth strategy to bring the Knock Home Swap™, a revolutionary way for consumers to buy before they sell, to homeowners nationwide.

Kaza brings more than 20 years of experience leading engineering, product and information security teams at global consumer and B2B tech companies in the Bay Area. She has served in her current role at Airbnb since 2019. Under her leadership, Airbnb has scaled its information security practices to support the company’s IPO and built innovative technology to stay ahead of fraudsters while maintaining an exceptional consumer experience.

“We are very pleased that Vijaya has chosen to bring her vast product and engineering experience to the Knock board as we continue to ramp up the growth of our business,” said Knock Co-Founder & CEO Sean Black. “Vijaya’s leadership experience managing Airbnb’s Trust technology team and leveraging data science to shape the company’s product strategy and consumer experience gives her a unique perspective that will be invaluable as we build a powerful platform that helps people buy their dream home before selling their old house.”

Kaza was named one of the Top Revolutionary Women in Security in 2019 by Industry Wired Magazine. Prior to joining Airbnb, she was Chief Development Officer at security technology firm Lookout, and Senior Vice President, Cloud Products & Engineering at FireEye, Inc. Earlier, Kaza held multiple senior engineering roles during her 17-year tenure at Cisco, where she managed a team of more than 600 engineers.

“Knock’s impressive growth trajectory is based on the fact that the company is solving a real problem that anyone who is a homeowner and wants to buy a new home has faced in a very unique way,” said Kaza. “The company’s focus on leveraging technology to bring certainty, convenience and cost savings to the everyday experience of buying and selling a home is a win for consumers and the agents it partners with.”

Kaza’s board appointment follows the company’s recent announcement that it named former Lyft Vice President, Finance, Michelle DeBella as its first Chief Financial Officer.

With the Knock Home Swap, consumers have the convenience and certainty of buying their dream home before selling their old house. They skip the hassles of living through repairs and showings and have home prep covered upfront so their old house sells for the highest possible price. The Knock Home Swap is available today in 15 markets across Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Texas through 110 real estate brokerage firms with nearly 50,000 agents. Knock plans to nearly double the number of markets it serves in 2021 and be in 75 markets by 2023.

About Knock
Knock is on a mission to empower people to move freely. The Knock Home Swap™ makes it easy for consumers to buy their new dream home before selling their old one, skipping the hassles of living through repairs and showings, paying only one mortgage at a time, and having home prep covered upfront so their old house sells for the highest possible price. Knock currently offers the Home Swap in 15 markets in six states and plans to nearly double the number of markets it serves in 2021 and be in 75 markets by 2023.

Launched in 2015 by founding team members of Trulia.com, Knock has raised more than $600 million in debt and equity from top tier investors, including RRE Ventures, Foundry Group, Redpoint, Greycroft, Corazon Capital, Correlation Ventures, Great Oaks Venture Capital and FJ Labs.

Media contact: pr@knock.com

Realtor.com® Adds Knock’s Home Swap™ to Seller’s Marketplace

Homeowners looking to buy and sell at the same time can now learn more about Knock’s Home Swap and eligibility on realtor.com®

SANTA CLARA, Calif., (Jan. 26, 2021) -- Buying and selling a home at the same time can be a tricky process, especially in a competitive housing market. To help homeowners learn about one way to ease the process, realtor.com® has added Knock’s Home Swap offering to its Seller’s Marketplace. Seller’s Marketplace empowers homeowners to sell their home their way by providing information about selling options offered by third party providers and eligibility in their area. Knock is the first third-party provider in Seller’s Marketplace to offer a Buy First, Sell Later option.

“Signing a contract to buy a new home without having to sell at the same time can make the homebuying process simpler and far less stressful,” said realtor.com® Chief Product Officer Rachel Morley. “There are a lot of options available for selling a home, and by adding information about Knock’s Home Swap to Seller’s Marketplace, consumers can explore more selling options that can help streamline the process of moving to a new home.”
Knock’s Home Swap allows homeowners to make a non-contingent offer on a new home before they sell their old house on the open market. Home Swap is currently available in 15 markets across Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Texas.

“Homeownership is the American Dream. At the same time, it’s often what holds people back,” said Knock Co-Founder and CEO Sean Black. “Buying a home is complicated, especially when you have to sell a home. The Home Swap brings certainty, convenience and cost savings to the process, helping a homeowner to win the home of their dreams and move on their terms, avoiding repairs and showings. Unlike an iBuyer, Knock isn’t in the business of buying and selling homes. The consumer works with their own agent to list and sell the old house on the open market for the maximum sale price. We’re excited to bring the Home Swap to realtor.com’s users and help them move more freely.”

Realtor.com® is the only national home search site that enables consumers to compare different selling options and determine the right fit with just a few clicks. Users simply provide basic information about their home and Seller's Marketplace will present them with information about available third party providers and options in their area. Homeowners will see side-by-side estimates for sale price, timeline and more with no upfront cost or commitment.

To learn more about Seller’s Marketplace and home selling options, visit: realtor.com/sell/sellers-marketplace.


About realtor.com®
Realtor.com® makes buying, selling, renting and living in homes easier and more rewarding for everyone. Realtor.com® pioneered the world of digital real estate more than 20 years ago, and today through its website and mobile apps is a trusted source for the information, tools and professional expertise that help people move confidently through every step of their home journey. Using proprietary data science and machine learning technology, realtor.com® pairs buyers and sellers with local agents in their market, helping take the guesswork out of buying and selling a home. For professionals, realtor.com® is a trusted provider of consumer connections and branding solutions that help them succeed in today’s on-demand world. Realtor.com® is operated by News Corp [Nasdaq: NWS, NWSA] [ASX: NWS, NWSLV] subsidiary Move, Inc. under a perpetual license from the National Association of REALTORS®. For more information, visit realtor.com®.

Media Contact
Nicole Murphy, nicole.murphy@move.com

Knock Names Lyft VP, Finance Michelle DeBella Chief Financial Officer

Former Lyft, Uber and HP finance executive to help take company to the next level

NEW YORK (Jan. 14, 2021) -- Knock announced today that Michelle DeBella, recently Vice President, Finance at Lyft, joined the company as Chief Financial Officer. Reporting to Knock’s Co-Founder & CEO Sean Black, DeBella will drive operational rigor and help the company accelerate predictable, profitable growth as the pioneer of the Knock Home Swap™, a revolutionary way for consumers to buy before they sell. 

DeBella brings more than 25 years of experience and a diverse background in finance strategy, operations and management at transformative technology companies. She joins Knock from Lyft, where she was Vice President, Finance Transformation and Governance.

“Michelle’s leadership experience helping two hyper-growth, iconic tech companies go public as they drove a tectonic shift in an established industry makes her uniquely qualified to join Knock at a critical inflection point in our five-year history,” said Black. “We are extremely fortunate that Michelle has chosen to bring her experience to Knock as we continue to accelerate the growth of our business and share our mission to empower people to move more freely with the masses.” 

Before joining Lyft in 2019, DeBella was the Global Head of Internal Audit at Uber. During her time at both Lyft and Uber, DeBella scaled each companies’ finance organizations in preparation for their successful IPOs. Previously, she spent more than eight years at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, joining the information technology leader in 2009 as Vice President, Enterprise Financial Reporting. She was promoted to Vice President, Internal Audit in 2011, where she supervised elements of HP’s 2015 split into HP Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise. Earlier in her career, DeBella spent nearly 17 years at Ernst & Young LLP.

“Although they are in different industries, Knock, Lyft and Uber all have the shared mission of helping people move freely. Knock is fundamentally improving the everyday experience of buying and selling a home -- one of life’s most important transactions,” said DeBella. “I’m excited to be joining a company with a strong culture that is leveraging technology to change how we work and live. I look forward to contributing to its already impressive growth trajectory.”

Named one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology in 2019 by the National Diversity Council, DeBella earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting at Truman State University. She is a Certified Public Accountant.

With the Knock Home Swap, consumers have the convenience and certainty of buying their new home before selling their old house. They skip the hassles of living through repairs and showings and have home prep covered upfront so their old house sells for the highest possible price. The Knock Home Swap is available today in 15 markets across Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Texas through 70 real estate brokerage firms with more than 43,000 agents. Knock plans to expand to at least 21 markets by mid-2021 and 75 markets by 2023.

About Knock

Knock is on a mission to empower people to move freely. The Knock Home Swap™ makes it easy for consumers to buy their new home before selling their old one, skipping the hassles of living through repairs and showings, paying only one mortgage at a time, and having home prep covered upfront so their old house sells for the highest possible price. Knock currently offers the Home Swap in 15 markets in six states and plans to expand to at least 21 markets by mid-2021. 

Launched in 2015 by founding team members of Trulia.com, Knock has raised more than $600 million in debt and equity from top tier investors, including RRE Ventures, Foundry Group, Redpoint, Greycroft, Corazon Capital, Correlation Ventures, Great Oaks Venture Capital and FJ Labs.

Media contact: pr@knock.com

Knock Home Swap™ Expands in Florida, Now Available in Jacksonville

Jacksonville becomes the 15th market where homeowners can safely and conveniently buy their new home before they sell

NEW YORK (Jan. 7, 2021) -- Homeowners in Jacksonville can now skip the hassles of living through repairs and showings by buying the home they want before selling their old one. Starting today, homeowners can take advantage of the Knock Home Swap to get pre-funded for a competitively priced mortgage from Knock to buy their new home and move before listing and selling their house on the open market for the maximum price.

With today’s launch, the Home Swap is now available across a large portion of the state of Florida, including Miami/Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Tampa and West Palm Beach. Since the Knock Home Swap first launched in July 2020, it has grown to a total of 15 markets nationwide.

“Buying a new home when you have one to sell is fraught with stress and uncertainty,” said Knock Co-Founder & CEO Sean Black. “At Knock, we take the friction out of the process. With the Home Swap, homeowners get the financing to make a strong non-contingent offer on their dream home and repair their old house. By buying before selling, consumers have the convenience of being able to move on their timeline and then list a fully prepped home on the open market for the maximum price.”

Kristy Burchell and her husband, Stan, recently used the Knock Home Swap to purchase their new home in Arlington, Texas. The Burchall’s were looking to move closer to Dallas, but knew that they could not live through repairs and showings with working and schooling their children from home. Kristy investigated several alternative home sale solutions, including iBuyers, but found them to be expensive.

“The Home Swap provided the most economical choice. We got the convenience of being able to move without having to live through a traditional home sale and still sell our house on the open market. We were also able to make a non-contingent offer on our new home, which was a huge advantage with the market being so competitive,” she said. “I see Knock as the future of home buying.”

In Jacksonville, Knock is partnering with Keller Williams Atlantic Partners to enable homeowners to “swap” their current house for their dream home.

“Given the high amount of multiple offer situations we are currently seeing, it is hard for many buyers to be competitive while also trying to sell their home at the same time,” said Margaret Sherrill, Owner/Operating Partner of Keller Williams Atlantic Partners. “The Home Swap program is a huge advantage for customers in these situations. We are excited to partner with Knock and look forward to offering this program in Jacksonville.”

The Knock Home Swap provides a fully integrated and competitively priced mortgage, an interest-free bridge loan to cover the down payment on the new home as well as mortgage payments and up to $25,000 for home prep and repairs on the old house.

With the Home Swap, consumers immediately take ownership and begin earning equity in their new home. As part of its Home Prep Concierge, Knock provides access to its approved contractor network and manages the payment of all bills upon client-approved completion of work. Additionally, Knock provides a backup offer on the old house in the unlikely event that it doesn’t sell within six months. Ninety percent of Knock homes sell in 90 days or less.

The Knock Home Swap is available in Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Charlotte, N.C.; Dallas-Fort Worth; Denver; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Houston; Jacksonville, Fla.; Miami; Orlando, Fla.; Phoenix; Raleigh, N.C.; San Antonio; Tampa and West Palm Beach, Fla., through 70 brokerage firms with more than 43,000 agents. Knock plans to expand to at least 21 markets by mid-2021.

About Knock
Knock is on a mission to empower people to move freely. The Knock Home Swap™ makes it easy for consumers to buy their new home before selling their old one, skipping the hassles of living through repairs and showings, paying only one mortgage at a time, and having home prep covered upfront so their old house sells for the highest possible price. Knock currently offers the Home Swap in 15 markets in six states and plans to expand to at least 21 markets by mid-2021.

Launched in 2015 by founding team members of Trulia.com, Knock has raised more than $600 million in debt and equity from top tier investors, including First American Financial (NYSE: FAF), RRE Ventures, Foundry Group, Redpoint, Greycroft, Corazon Capital, Correlation Ventures, Great Oaks Venture Capital and FJ Labs.

About Keller Williams Atlantic Partners
Founded in 2006, Keller Williams Realty Atlantic Partners is among the top real estate groups in Northeast Florida. With over 650 agents and 9 office locations, KWAP will close over $2 billion in sales volume in 2020. KWAP covers the east coast of Florida from Amelia Island to New Smyrna Beach and has rapidly grown over the years to be one of the largest and most respected real estate operations in Northeast Florida.

Media contact: pr@knock.com