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Filed Under:Business & Finance / Real Estate
Posts on Regator:1201
Posts / Week:3
Archived Since:January 30, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Realtors See Their Donated Dollars in Brick & Mortar

Giveback Homes Members from all over the U.S. traveled to Nicaragua for one shared goal: To build a home for Josefa and her family. I was joined by Matt Curtis, Rebecca Brooks, Carrie Hill, Madison Hildebrand, Audie Chamberlain, Jeri Moran, Shaun Rawls, and Giveback Homes Founder, Blake Andrews. Show More Summary

Blogging…Local Market Analysis

Do you write weekly or monthly market analysis pieces on your own blog or website? If so, would you publish them elsewhere for added exposure? If not, would a place to publish with more eyeballs be enticing enough to get you to write...Show More Summary

Redfin: A Discount Brokerage 10 Years Later

Any entrepreneur interested in trying to reduce or cut out agent commissions should read this article about Redfin on the SeattleTimes. Redfin has had eight rounds of venture funding since 2005 totaling $167.8 million, according to Crunchbase. Show More Summary

NAR – Stop wasting hundreds of millions of our money!

NAR, start asking your members what they want before jumping headfirst into huge expensive projects. Take a survey, see what members actually need and want. After all, you are in business to support your members. RPR is an example of this. Show More Summary

Being Shut Off from External APIs: Blessing or Curse?

As a startup, you often have no choice but to build on external APIs or platforms. In real estate, you’re almost always reliant on IDX/MLS data. Or WordPress. Or Drupal. Or Facebook. Or Twitter. Etc. There are, of course, massive advantages to building on top of other systems. Show More Summary

San Francisco Tomorrow through Wednesday (20th)

I’ll be in San Francisco tomorrow (May 15) until the evening of Wednesday (20th). I always like meeting people who read the blog in person — are you in the Bay Area? Send me an email (drew at horizonapp co)…or, do the following: Download...Show More Summary

The Swanepoel T3 Tech Guide – Software Edition

It’s perplexing how often real estate industry questions are referred to social media for answers.  Some of the most basic questions of brokerage model, pay structure, technology tools, and marketing systems lack a unified research database where brokers and agents can begin their searches on an objective playing field. Show More Summary

Pondering the Future

Geek Estate was started almost 8 years ago, July of 2007. Wow, that’s a long time ago. The amount of time I’ve personally invested in this is absurd. But I’ve generally loved every second of it. As most of you know, I’ve been working on Horizon for quite some time (7 weeks on the app store, but it’s been a work in progress for over a year). Show More Summary

And…Tesla Enters the Real Estate Industry. Kind Of.

The Powerwall Home Battery is coming to a home near you. Via NPR: In an ambitious bid to move beyond the electric car market, Tesla has announced that it will start selling large batteries to let homeowners store electricity. The Powerwall home battery starts at $3,000. Show More Summary

Is “Find an Agent” the Next Big Opportunity for the Real Estate Industry?

In 1981 Al Ries and Jack Trout published Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind. The marketing book became an instant classic. The authors were the first to suggest that consumers have room for just one “leader” in their minds for any given product or service. Show More Summary

Broker Public Portal: What Investment is Needed to Make Comparison to Travel Industry

I alluded to the industry combatting the portals with an Orbitz strategy in January of 2014, which turned out to be the case in February (2015) after Broker Public Portal was announced. The industry is taking a Orbitz strategy. Great. Though...Show More Summary

The Real Estate Industry Goes to Nicaragua

Helping others changes you. Seeing the impact your money has on those less fortunate than you changes you. Seeing poverty with your own eyes changes you. The harsh realizion that the way we live in the United States is a fairy tale to the majority of the world is the largest reason I set down the path of creating Horizon. Show More Summary

Most Interesting Discount and Dis Intermediation Plays Over the Past Decade?

There have been many, many attempts at discount brokerage models, and those looking to dis intermediate the agent entirely over the past decade. Of course, Redfin and Zip Realty are two that come to mind first, because they reached fairly large scale and their brands are still around. Show More Summary

Go After It

[H/T to Matthew Slutsky] The post Go After It appeared first on GeekEstate Blog.

Mobilegeddon. Are You Ready?

Those that read tech and marketing blogs may already know: Google is releasing a major update to their algorithms that will heavily favor sites that are optimized for mobile. Search Engine Land has some responses to FAQ’s. The algorithm...Show More Summary

An Alternative to BPP: A Fund for Consumer Startups

As you probably know by know, I question whether the National Broker Public Portal stands a chance to compete against the established portals (see articles here). I’ve yet to hear a good argument as to how it plans to become a top 3-5 portal — and it doesn’t seem like a good use of time and money if it doesn’t get there. Show More Summary

I Do. I Will.

From JLM in a comment on AVC: In life, it is not the “IQ” — it is the “I DO”, the “I WILL” which determines outcomes. When do you say those things? Are you saying them to the right things? The post I Do. I Will. appeared first on GeekEstate Blog.

Zillow Provides Public Records to MLS’

I just saw this press release, via Spencer on Twitter. Zillow Group to Give MLS Partners Free Public Record Data Bold move indeed. That’s a pretty big incentive to get MLS’ onboard, depending on what the data rights are that go along with using the data. Show More Summary

For Brokerage Profits, Syndication is an Inefficient Stepchild to IDX

We’re hearing more often that IDX and listing syndication are essentially the same (via Rob).  From a consumer advertising perspective, that argument may make sense.  From a broker-centric profit mindset, it’s far from the truth. Our company shares our listings with brokers via IDX and with portals via syndication. Show More Summary

Getting into Travel Industry is Still Absurd – and You Should Still Do It

I got a question from a developer friend of mine this weekend, wondering whether Horizon had an API. I asked him why, and he responded with: Have a guy pinging me about helping him design/position a real estate mls + back office for [country X]. Show More Summary

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