Real estate startup Houwzer raised a $2 million seed round - Technical.ly Philly

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May 17, 2017 12:56 pm

Real estate startup Houwzer raised a $2 million seed round

Founder Mike Maher said the round will let the company's staff of 35 to grow to 50 by year's end.

Veteran entrepreneur and Houzwer founder Mike Maher speaks at a Bunker Labs PHL event.

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Real estate platform Houwzer, founded by Benjamin’s Desk cofounder Mike Maher, just raised a $2 million seed round from local investors.

The company has $1.6 million of funding already closed, with the remainder of the round scheduled to close on June 1. The investment was led by Jay Minkoff, announced last January as “chairman, lead investor and operating partner” and with participation from local players like Ben Franklin Technology Partners and StartUp PHL’s angel fund.

“We’re going to leverage on this to penetrate the Greater Philadelphia region and we’ll be expanding to at least one more major metro area in the next twelve months,” Maher told Technical.ly.

The company, currently at 35 full-timers aims to grow to 50 by the end of the year. Though at first it was one of the companies on the seventh floor of Benjamin’s Desk 1701 Walnut St. location (the flagship spot, now neighboring the company’s 1608 Walnut St. space), Houwzer is now the solo resident of the 3,000 square feet space and has a satellite office in South Jersey.

(Another note on the OG Benjamin’s Desk location: the eighth floor is where the 1776/BD joint venture, Benjamin’s Desk Challenge Center Powered by 1776, will operate out of.)

In 2015, Maher stepped down from leading the coworking space to focus on Houwzer. The founder said that, from a business model standpoint the company will “stick to what’s working”: namely, Houwzer’s tech-enabled brokerage service.

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Roberto Torres

Roberto Torres became Technical.ly Lead Philly Reporter in May 2016. Prior, he was a freelance contributor to Technical.ly and Al Dia News. The native Venezuelan moved to Philadelphia in 2015 after reporting on research at his alma mater, the University of Zulia. Whenever he's not fencing deadlines, he can be found standing in line at Overbrook Pizza in West Philly, running Netflix/Hulu marathons with his wife or reading news from Venezuela.

  • Sean Dawes

    Congrats Mike

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