Dave Mele Steps Down As President Of Homes.com

Dave Mele, long-time president of Homes.com and a driver of its acquisition by CoStar Group, is leaving the company and the real estate industry altogether.

Mele broke the news to Real Estate News, saying he plans to pursue “an opportunity outside of the real estate industry.”

No comment has been made on who will take over in his absence.

Prior to joining Homes.com, Mele worked in the publishing industry at a Virginia newspaper. As Homes.com’s president for more than a decade, he is known for guiding its acquisition by CoStar in 2021. Since then, it has become a major player in the world of home search websites.

“We are grateful to David Mele for his contributions to Homes.com over the past year. He was a member of a very talented and motivated team that successfully launched Homes.com, the industry’s first agent-friendly portal,” Andy Florance, CoStar Group founder and CEO, said in a statement.

“We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.”

Competition broke out between Homes.com and Realtor.com last year when the company reported 100 million unique visitors in October, putting it just behind undisputed champion Zillow. Realtor.com claimed second place for itself, causing friction.

Realtor.com CEO Damian Eales said at the time the company had used “stunts” to acquire a “poor quality audience.”

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