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Archived Since:January 30, 2008

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My toughest competitor is the local Board of Realtors

First they told everyone to remove all branding from photos, which I agree with, but then they said they will put their branding on every photo. So now every new property photo on my website and thousands of other websites promotes their website. Show More Summary

Conversion Rates in 2016

It’s been quite awhile since the topic of conversion rates on real estate websites was talked about. What conversion rates is your website seeing? (Keep in mind, without context, conversion numbers mean nothing.) The post Conversion Rates in 2016 appeared first on GeekEstate Blog.

Apple’s HomeKit & the Connected Home

I think the connected (aka digital) home is a massively, massively big space that we’re going to see a ton of innovation in over the next few years. My sense is connected home will end up merging with the history of the home opportunity I’ve been thinking about for 10 years (see prior writing here). Show More Summary

Long Term Defensibility as a Franchise with Deep, Unique Local Data

I think a lot about long term strategic defensibility when evaluating any business (& building my own). The best companies, focus on what they do better than anyone else, that is extremely hard to duplicate — and stay focused on executing on increasing that defensibility. Show More Summary

Is a Zillow for Canada Looming?

Those in Canada, and certainly those in Toronto, are likely following the story of the upcoming expected ruling by the federal Competition Tribunal against the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) that would open MLS data to external parties. Show More Summary

MetaProp NYC Accepting Applications for 2016 Cohort

Note to all startup founders, MetaProp NYC is accepting applications for their 2016 accelerator. Flip, a company profiled here already, is the anchor member of the 2016 cohort. Apply now (closes July 31st): The post MetaProp NYC Accepting Applications for 2016 Cohort appeared first on GeekEstate Blog.

Credit Where It’s Due: Zillow’s Marketing

Though I still have many friends who work at Zillow, I’m not (financially) biased when I say I’m still constantly impressed with Zillow’s marketing… I’m a fan. (I should note that I just watched it on Youtube and a paid ad came on immediately following… go figure) The post Credit Where It’s Due: Zillow’s Marketing appeared first on GeekEstate Blog.

Real Geeks Releases Facebook Marketing Tool

We don’t spend a lot of money on real estate marketing, but Facebook is one place where we dabble in ads. For those of you in the Real Geeks platform or those considering it, they just released a new feature that really improves theShow More Summary

Open Source CLI (command line interface) for Querying RETS Servers and Searching Metadata

Props to Ari Summer for releasing an open source CLI (command line interface) for querying RETS servers and searching metadata. The gem is built on top of the rets gem, which handles the actual querying and parsing of the RETS server requests. Show More Summary

Congrats on the Launch of the Newly Redesigned 360Modern

Congrats to Rick Ward for launching the redesigned 360Modern. Disclosure: I’ve previously done consulting work for 360Modern. The post Congrats on the Launch of the Newly Redesigned 360Modern appeared first on GeekEstate Blog.

Horizon’s Android Version is Now Available

I’ve alluded to the fact we’ve been working on and testing an Android version of Horizon. Today, I’m excited to be able to announce we’ve released a public Android beta on Product Hunt — with full support for posting and filtering to find sublets. Show More Summary

How A Bot Reduced Our Workload By 80%

As both Drew and now Nathan have written, there is a lot of nascent interest in bots for real estate. Most technologists tend to focus on the consumer-facing use cases: helping buyers figure out which homes to look at, answering basic questions about listings, etc. Show More Summary

MIT Media Lab CityHome

Speaking of architecture… Yes, it’s possible. Pretty cool, right? More reading here and here. The post MIT Media Lab CityHome appeared first on GeekEstate Blog. Gets a Facelift recently got a revamp… The site looks pretty good at first glance. There’s a clean home page, detailed information on the listing detail pages, and a way to look up home values (using’s AVM is looks like). It’s all...Show More Summary

Bots, Aren’t So Elementary, Watson

Bot, Why? Sherlock Holmes once said, “It is my business to know what other people don’t.” Real estate agents can certainly attest to this as they are inundated with requests from prospective home buyers and sellers for information. This...Show More Summary

Wikihouse, and the Future of Architecture

I came across WikiHouse via reading through James Dearsley’s proptech review this weekend. Wikihouse is an open source building system which gives people the digital tools to create cheap homes. It’s clear there is a deep, deep social mission behind this Wikihouse. Show More Summary

pilabs’ 3rd Cohort of Startups

PiLabs, an accelerator in London, recently announced it’s 3rd cohort of startups: Candarin Home: A platform for Chinese and other international students to find accommodation. Industry Hub: Enables developers to discover the professionals behind projects they admire and crease online notebooks. Show More Summary

Bots, and Real Estate

Some of you may have heard the recent news Facebook launched a bot platform for messenger (see GeekWire post here). The developers/technologists reading should head over and learn more here: What are...Show More Summary

A New Cloud CMA Logo

I’m a fan of the new Cloud CMA logo, seen below: The post A New Cloud CMA Logo appeared first on GeekEstate Blog.

Are You a Genius?

For your Friday viewing/listening pleasure, Seth Godin… The post Are You a Genius? appeared first on GeekEstate Blog.

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