Alex Starace

Alex provides journalists with the information they need for their stories. Prior to joining Redfin, he was a freelance writer who wrote extensively on the ins and outs of condo purchasing. He also covered luxury goods, with a minor in book reviews. He lives in Chicago and is lucky enough to be able to walk to work. Redfin is a full-service real estate brokerage that uses modern technology to make clients smarter and faster. For more information about working with a Redfin real estate agent to buy or sell a home, visit our "Why Redfin?," page.

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Hottest Homes of 2014

These Homes Sold the Fastest and for the Largest Markups While home buying in 2014 wasn’t as frenzied as in 2013, real estate still moved quickly. Homes stayed on the market for a median of 35 days, and about a third went under contract within 14 days of their debut. Of course, homes at attractive …

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Tons of Toilets: Which City Sits Atop the Throne?

Talking about toilets may be taboo, but bathrooms are a serious topic in real estate. In fact, our Redfin agents tell us that too few toilets is often a deal breaker for home shoppers. And it makes sense: A family’s quality of life is greatly improved by an extra toilet or two. No more banging on the door, no more angry shouts of “Hurry it up! You think we have all day out here?” It’s an undignified dance everyone’s happy to avoid.

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