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Archived Since:January 30, 2008

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GiveBack Homes – Please Go Sign Up

  The first time I met Blake and Caroline from Giveback Homes was last summer in San Francisco immediately prior to departing for Start-Up Chile. 12 months later, in the same city, at the same conference (Inman), I had the chance to hang out with Caroline again, and meet their new team member Mary. Show More Summary

What Would Happen If the Industry Yanked All Their Listings?

There are some proponents for the entire industry ceasing syndication entirely (specifically to Zillow). The thinking is generally “with no listings, Zillow would become irrelevant and lose all their traffic, all that traffic would frequent agent/broker websites, and the result would be cheaper leads/clients”. Show More Summary

Example Results When Agents Try to Build Portals

As a result of the ongoing discussion about Broker Public Portal (most recent thread here), I did a little bit of digging to figure out whether there have been other “agent/broker led” portal initiatives that have successfully competed...Show More Summary

3 Days Left to Apply for YC Fellowship

Any young founders out there, pre seed funding and pre accelerator? Apply for a YC Fellowship: YC Fellows will receive a $12,000 grant and advice from the YC community for 8 weeks (from mid-September to mid-November) to go from an idea to a startup. Show More Summary

The Nitty Gritty of Fundraising for Startups

I would bet every founder reading this blog knows about AirBnB. If you don’t, you’ve been living under a rock. Some of you have raised funds. Others haven’t. Fundraising is not easy. Don’t let anyone tell you differently, despite what you hear in the tech press. Show More Summary

Zillow, DotLoop, and Your Data: Does It Matter?

Zillow is acquiring DotLoop. Fires are burning in real estate social media. Let’s get this out of the way. There are tons of brokers and agents who dislike Zillow. Call them what you want. They’re here. I’m a regular critic of the company when they (regularly) make moves that don’t seem in the best interests of brokers, agents, or their clients. Show More Summary

BPP Selects 1000Watt

It’s no secret I’m not the biggest fan of the Broker Public Portal. I really don’t see how it makes strategic financial sense, and have long thought the project will be a colossal waste of money rebuilding the exact offering that has taken Zillow 10 years – and millions and millions of dollars – to build. Show More Summary

Adwerx Introduces Mobile Ad Platform For RE Pros

Durham N. Carolina’s Adwerx is a digital advertising platform for residential real estate that was created using a concept and code for a completely different vertical, musicians. Jed Carlson and his team of now 37 employees used their...Show More Summary

Zillow Group Continues its Acquisitions with DotLoop

Zillow Group is making another acquisition: Dotloop (read press release). +   Zillow seems to buy up every innovative technology player in the entire industry. I can’t fault them for buying up the talent, and mindshare. I have to wonder...Show More Summary

A New Tool for Data Aggregation (for Non-Developers) – Knime

Early on at Zillow, I used Yahoo! Pipes as a way to aggregate and filter web results with zero actual programming knowledge (Pipes was mentioned by Justin in this article from 2010). It was a cool tool back in the day. Fast forward several...Show More Summary

Project Upstream should be a tremendous benefit for Zillow

Project Upstream, as far as I can tell, is all about consolidating the MLS data. Zillow currently has to take data from hundreds of MLS organizations, in a variety of formats, and consolidate it to put it on Zillow. Once Upstream is completed, they will have one nice data set that includes all the data nationwide in one format. Show More Summary

Local Real Estate Market Conditions — with Video

I’ve long thought (known) there is opportunity for brokerages to be the local market expert with the media (I wrote that post over 4 years ago in 2011). I agree with Brian — Pacific Union’s Market Pulse video is a smart approach to delivering local real estate market conditions. Show More Summary

Motive RE Tech Accelerator App Deadline 8/2

    John Backes and Sean Caho believe that Dallas should be the epicenter of real estate technology. Together they have founded an accelerator to help early stage real estate technology companies get access to funding and resources.Show More Summary

“Startup Alley” Features 36 Companies At Inman Connect

Inman Connect San Francisco will take place at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square from August 4-7, 2015. This year there are 36 companies slated to be a part of “Startup Alley”, a feature that allows new RE tech related companies the ability to meet with prospects, media and potential investors. Show More Summary

In San Francisco during Inman?

I’ll be in San Francisco from August 4th-9th. If you’re traveling into town for Inman Connect, or live in SF, and interested in meeting up — send me an email (drew at horizonapp co)…or, do the following: Download Horizon from an iPhone...Show More Summary

International Real Estate Portals and Websites

For those of you reading from outside the confines of the United States, what property search sites do buyers utilize in your country? Please leave URL’s in the comments, along with the name of the country. [Photo via] The post International Real Estate Portals and Websites appeared first on GeekEstate Blog.

Real Estate Models: UK vs USA

[Editor’s note: Originally published on KWMayfair] No MLS. No buyer agency. No individual branding–everything is done in the name of the company and the company owns the customer relationships. No independent contractor status. You either form your own company or you are on a salary. Show More Summary

Redfin & Book It Now for On-Demand Home Tours

Redfin announced their On-Demand Home Tours today with a blog post by Glenn. Completely agree with the consumer win on this, and Redfin just might have enough agents in their network to solve the liquidity challenge. When I saw the announcement, I immediately thought of Curb Call (which has been written about). Show More Summary

The Journey From, and Back to, an Efficient Real Estate Transaction

You should all read Brian’s Friday Flash (on Thursday) post before the holiday weekend. It’s worth the read. I agree with Brian, I don’t think it can be said that today’s real estate process is more efficient. In fact, it’s less efficient and more complicated. Show More Summary

ListingDoor – Another Shot at Getting Rid of Agents

And…..another entrant is trying to get rid of agents. Their model is essentially a fancier, well designed FSBO offering. Sellers pay a one time marketing fee (pricing can be found here). I’m curious how this one plays out.   The post ListingDoor – Another Shot at Getting Rid of Agents appeared first on GeekEstate Blog.

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