HomesDirect wasby eBay last August, a year after eBay launched its own real estate operation. HomesDirect had specialized in foreclosed property from the Veterans Administration and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The company said the switch would allow the HomesDirect listings to be more directly integrated into eBay's real estate listings.
eBay is also launching a new offer management system for REO (real-estate-owned) properties, allowing real-time online offer negotiations, performance tracking and reporting, and other services. REO properties are typically sold by governments or banks; eBay claims to be the largest online market for such properties, running more than 10,000 auctions a month.