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SEO Tricks for Real Estate Portals

“SEO tricks for real estate portals” was another Google search term that resulted in finding Geek Estate this past week. That’s a topic I happen to know a little bit about, having been involved very early on in Zillow’s SEO efforts (2007-2010). Show More Summary

Google Maps Focusing on Real Estate Vertical

What corporations spend money to promote/advertise is a fairly telling sign of where they are investing their money/manpower. I came across the following promoted Tweet the other day from Google Maps. “Build in neighborhood trents, market values…” makes me think they have Zillow-like home value data. Show More Summary

Stop Touching Me, Zillow

As the head of a real estate brokerage, at some point I got onto some Zillow Account Manager’s distribution list. While I gloss over most of the pitch email I receive, today’s made me stop what I was doing and write this post. Here’s...Show More Summary

Would a Real Estate Coffee Shop Work?

The other day, one term in the inbound traffic jumped out at me: real estate coffee shop I’m pretty convinced whoever was researching that is pretty damn smart. The reasons a real estate coffee shop makes sense are some of the same reasons I believe a real estate co-working establishment makes sense. Show More Summary

Would a Kiva for Real Estate Work?

There’s a number of crowdfunding startups in the real estate industry; seeming a new one ends up in my inbox every few weeks. To be honest, I haven’t really dug into many of them much. The latest one I stumbled across is Patch of Land: From what I can tell, its geared towards accredited investors. Show More Summary

What Home Means When You Travel 9 Months a Year

I’m a big fan of Zillow’s new commercials about what home means, the latest one Spencer tweeted hits a chord given the story is of “travel” (a topic I happen to care deeply about). When you travel for 9 months a year. Seriously, who does that??!!   The post What Home Means When You Travel 9 Months a Year appeared first on GeekEstate Blog.

The Smart Squeeze Strategy of Zillow’s Local Premier Agent Summits

I went to Zillow’s Premier Agent Summit in Seattle this week. It was a focused and well-run event, one that smartly ties in with the company’s current strategy of developing uber-Zillow-agents as its core following and revenue stream. Show More Summary

The StreetAdvisor Pitch to Sellers

We redesigned StreetAdvisor a few weeks ago, and put a larger focus on appealing to sellers for reviews, the individuals with the largest financial interest to make their neighborhood more appealing to buyers. The pitch: “Maximize the...Show More Summary

Horizon Android Testers Needed

I alluded to the fact that we’ve been working on an Android version of Horizon. We’re now starting to put our first alpha testers onto the app, and we could use more early / willing testers… Be the First to Try   The post Horizon Android Testers Needed appeared first on GeekEstate Blog.

Relola – Finally a Search-site Created by Agents

[Note from editor: I left a few comments on Relola on my Inman Connect recap, and after an email dialogue with co-founder & CEO Heather Sittig, offered her the chance to tell her side of the story] Relola is dedicated to the success of its members. Show More Summary

Maxwell – Anonymously Ask a Loan Officer

Finally. Someone is headed the right direction with giving consumers what they want: access to advice from trusted experts, on their terms (NOT giving up their contact information). See the ask a loan officer page on Maxwell: Well done. Show More Summary

Connector for Better Email Outreach

I saw Connector on Product Hunt today, and thought it would be worth asking the audience here whether you feel it would be a useful tool for your email outreach efforts… Note it only works with Gmail and Google Apps email addresses. The post Connector for Better Email Outreach appeared first on GeekEstate Blog.

Why Location Intelligence is the Next Big Thing in Real Estate

When was the last time you worked with a travel agent? Unless you’re doing some unique, specialty trip or are a total technophobe, it’s probably been well over a decade since you engaged a travel agent when booking any part of a trip. Show More Summary

Latest Horizon Update

I get asked fairly often by readers I interact with privately how Horizon is going, so thought I’d share the most recent update: The Age Old Hospitality Exchange Conundrum – Host Incentives. If you have an Android device, and want to be one of the first people to try it, please sign up HERE. The post Latest Horizon Update appeared first on GeekEstate Blog.

Investing in Hyper Local in 2016 (& Anyone Need a Great Local Writer in Seattle?)

I still believe hyper local is where the opportunity is for those playing the long game in real estate. It’s the only thing that no one can easily replicate. C21 Redwood Realty gets this; see here for context (behind subscription wall). Show More Summary

MOTIVE RE Tech Incubator Takes A Pause

John Backes of Motive, a real estate technology accelerator recently announced that they will be putting their aggressive plans for 2016 on hold. Last June Motive took off like a rocket with 85 applications and 4 companies receiving funding. Show More Summary

The Real Estate Agent Spam Problem is Real

Geek Estate received a visitor the other day from this search term on Google: how to stop unwanted calls from real estate agents I’d say this proves the SPAM problem we’ve discussed here previously (and here) is real. The post The Real Estate Agent Spam Problem is Real appeared first on GeekEstate Blog.

A Twitter for Following Agents and Regions?

Why isn’t there a way to follow all the listing activity (new listings, price changes, pendings, solds) for regions and agents I care about with a native app? Email listing alerts, with a Twitter-like interface (follow agents, brokers, franchises, ZIP codes, neighborhoods, cities). Show More Summary

TLC Engine, and More on Lifestyle Search

I spoke with Krishna from TLC Engine (True Lifestyle Cost) this morning, and he showed me Emerald Real Estate in Minnesota as a demo site for their lifestyle search technology. I like the idea of searching based on the actual monthly lifestyle cost of a specific home. Show More Summary

Cloud MLX (via a Hack Week)

W&R Studios team worked on a MLS search app, called Cloud MLX, at a recent “hack week”… the presentation is below. Read more about the hack week project in part 1 here and part 2 here. The post Cloud MLX (via a Hack Week) appeared first on GeekEstate Blog.

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