CEO Andy Taylor, right, recruited Navtej Sadhal, middle, and Mark Pitman to join the team at Approved, a web-based platform for mortgage lenders.

CEO Andy Taylor, right, recruited Navtej Sadhal, middle, and Mark Pitman to join the team at Approved, a web-based platform for mortgage lenders. Photo by Jamie Scott Lytle.

— Real estate websites such as Redfin and Zillow have made it easy for prospective homebuyers to narrow their options without having to leave the couch...