- Television producer Doug Weitzbuch created Housle after working on the Netflix reality show “Buy My House.”
- Users get six tries to guess the asking price of a home, which Weitzbuch hand-selects daily.
- Over 46,000 people have already played the browser version and an app is due out next week.
Love scrolling Zillow?
Your real estate prowess can finally be put to the test with Housle, a new daily game created by Los Angeles reality TV producer Doug Weitzbuch.
Inspired by Wordle, the hugely popular game where users guess a five-letter word of the day, Housle tests you on the asking prices of homes for sale.
Echoing Wordle’s six guesses, Housle gives users six attempts to predict the listing price of a home from any part of the country. In just three days, more than 46,000 users have already logged into the browser version of the game to try out.
Weitzbuch selects a new roster each day, showing players a single photo for their first guess. The following tours reveal additional photos along with the home’s location, square footage, and other listing details. After each attempt, players are notified if their guesses are too high or too low so they can adjust accordingly. You win if your estimate is within 5% of the asking price.
Weitzbuch came up with the idea for Housle to work on Netflix’s “Buy My House,” a “Shark Tank”-style show where owners pitch their properties to major real estate investors, including the CEOs of Redfin and the Corcoran Group.
Because he worked on the show and is married to a Compass broker, he was deeply immersed in the world of real estate. Weitzbuch is also an avid Wordle player, sharing his daily score with four friends in a group chat dubbed “Wordle Nerdles”.
“One day I had the idea of marrying the two of them,” he told Insider.
Weitzbuch worked with Jersey City design firm Raptr Labs for five months in 2022 to build the game. Housle’s web-browser version is currently live, and an app is expected to launch next week.
Weitzbuch selects the mystery house of the day himself, drawing lists from across the country. A recent game featured a five-bedroom house in an upscale Connecticut suburb, while Monday’s home was a beachfront pad in Miami.
Looking at homes online remains a big American pastime, even as homes become less and less affordable. Weitzbuch thinks browsing real estate listings is appealing because it taps into people’s fantasies.
“I think there’s an element of voyeurism and escapism,” he said. “There is a dream behind a house.”
Although he made the game for fun, he wouldn’t mind taking calls from The New York Times, which bought Wordle for a seven-figure sum last year, or others.
“Zillow, Redfin, Realtor.com,” he speculated. “If any of them want to come knock on my door down the street, I’ll take their call.”