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Filed Under:Business & Finance / Real Estate
Posts on Regator:1504
Posts / Week:4.6
Archived Since:January 30, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Turning Clients into Lifestyle Communities: Why & How?

If you don’t have community, you really have nothing defensible when it comes to lead and client acquisition. If you have great SEO, Google can yank it away. If you get tons of referrals from person X, they can suddenly send them to someone else. Show More Summary

The Next Big Opportunity: Agent Reviews…and Trust

Search is a lost cause (IMHO), at least for the industry. Just like it took outsiders like Zillow & Trulia to overtake, it’ll likely take another outsider to make a serious run at Zillow & Trulia sometime down the line. So,...Show More Summary

Responsive real estate website design – a DIY project, Part 2

OK, it’s taken a lot longer than I expected, but it’s finally time for the “big reveal” of the new, mobile-responsive makeover of my company’s website. But first, some background on the project. If you have a fairly simple site, consisting primarily of text with some photos, this can be fairly simple. Show More Summary

Top Down Design Approach: Server & Hosting Selection

This is the second in a series of articles about Broker/Agent Real Estate Websites.  (first article here). Budget will drive this selection. Considerations include: Power -Ram Size and number of cores Reliability -Uptime, Security Support...Show More Summary

Meet the Real Estate Tech Entrepreneur: Stefan Negritoiu

In our latest real estate tech interview, I’m talking to Stefan Negritoiu of As the name suggests, they log your miles for you. And as you know, real estate agents drive more than most. Without wasting anymore time, here’s...Show More Summary

Mobile + MLS = Bueller?

Connecticut MLS bailed on CoreLogic. Cameron Paine, the CEO, said: When it became clear that Fusion would never be able to operate flawlessly on tablets (iPad, Kindle Fire, etc.), and after a series of meetings with the board and MLS...Show More Summary

Red Oak Realty – “We Put You There”

Everyone planning to do video in 2014, you have something to aspire to… We Put You There I love it. The video is from Red Oak Realty, in the East Bay. I know absolutely nothing about their brokerage, but the video leaves an amazing, lasting impression of their company. I’d say that’s a job well done. Show More Summary

1000Watt’s Yet-to-be-Released App: Props

1000watt has been working on a new app, and just announced they are releasing it this spring. Note: I did product management consulting on this app early on, and Eric Roland (co-founder at Oh Hey World), is still doing development on it. Show More Summary

Meet the Real Estate Tech Entrepreneur: Adam Selig

In our latest real estate tech interview, I’m talking to Adam Selig of Lumentus Social, another company in REach. Without wasting anymore time, here’s a bit more from Lief… What do you do? Lumentus Social makes social media easier and more effective for brokers and agents. Show More Summary

REBarCamp Seattle: March 13th

Some things never change…I’m helping organize the next REBarCamp Seattle (though Rhonda is the real ring-leader), taking place mid-March. For those in the Seattle metro area, details… What: REBarCamp Greater Seattle When: March 13, 2014 Time: 8:30 a.m. Show More Summary

Not Happy with Your Website Design?

Honestly, most of the website designs I see in this industry…are not very good. And that’s probably an understatement. Will Moyer, the designer for Oh Hey World, and I are looking to help one or two agents or brokers desiring a GREAT website design, that exudes trust to potential clients landing on your site (see Michele’s post on design/trust). Show More Summary

A Sphere Building Tool Every Real Estate Agent Should Use: Newsle

You all know the name of the game to build a real estate business is to grow your sphere. One of the best strategies to strengthen your sphere, is to know what they are up to, and help them when possible. There is a lot of “news” out there on the web. Show More Summary

Inman’s New Kids on the Block

Since Geek Estate is all about real estate technology, it’s only fitting to showcase Inman’s “New Kids on the Block” session… David Eisenberg, co-founder and CEO, Floored Karl Falk, co-founder, chairman and CEO, ShortSave Inc. Matt Ehrlichman, CEO, Kristin Walker, Realtor and adviser, Relocality Inc. Show More Summary

Opportunities Realized from 20 Calls

I’ve now taken 20 calls on (my profile here). There are two distinct types of people that schedule calls: Entrepreneurs in various stages of bringing an idea to light, desiring either technical help & direction or general advice around how to navigate the industry (& how to get MLS data). Show More Summary

Meet the Real Estate Tech Entrepreneur: Lief Larson

In our latest real estate tech interview, I’m talking to Lief Larson of Workface, another of the companies in the REach incubator. Without wasting anymore time, here’s a bit more from Lief… What do you do? Have you ever walked into a business and been wowed by a salesperson who delivered an incredible, high-touch buying experience? Sure you have. Show More Summary

To Spend Your Money on Education, Or Not?

There’s not shortage of events and subscription offerings aiming to educate real estate agents and brokers. They’ll help you use Pinterest, Facebook, FourSquare, Google+, Twitter. They’ll help you understand CRMs, what apps you should be using, how to blog, how to grow your sphere. Show More Summary

Can the Industry Combat the Portals Long Term? And If So, How?

Every week or two, on Facebook, Twitter or a blog comment, I see someone in the industry say something to the tune of… The portals take our data, then sell leads back to us with the traffic they generate from it. The portals were built on our backs. Show More Summary

Turning Real Estate App Ideas into Reality

There are dozens of app ideas floating around this industry (I wrote a few of mine here). Some of them terrible; others amazing. As you likely know, building apps is not cheap. Which begs the question, how do you know if an idea is worth investing the money and development resources needed to turn it into reality? Simple. Show More Summary

Want your next software purchase to ‘talk’ to your existing systems?

If you are a realtor or a broker, you probably evaluate and buy software on a regular basis. Next time you are doing so, ask if your vendor provides an API. You’ll be glad you did. Why? Well, first, let’s talk about what an API is. API stands for “Applications Programming Interface”–not very illuminating. Show More Summary

What is Bitcoin – and Should You Care?

Everyone seems to be wondering about Bitcoin. I’ve been asked about it several times over email and in person over the past few weeks. I suspect, that’s because a broker is now accepting Bitcoin — and no surprise, the media is eating it up. In my mind, this is nothing more than a marketing ploy for being the “1st”. Show More Summary

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