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Archived Since:January 30, 2008

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Interview with Product Hunt Founder Ryan Hoover

Many technologists who read this blog probably frequent Product Hunt at least weekly. Mark Suster, a venture capitalist in Los Angeles whose blog Both Sides of the Table I read regularly, recently interviewed Product Hunt’s founder, Ryan Hoover. Show More Summary

Zillow: Homecoming Commercial

Once again, Zillow nails it with their latest ad… The post Zillow: Homecoming Commercial appeared first on GeekEstate Blog.

A Marketplace for Public CMAs

We all know homeowners want to know what their homes are worth, particularly if they are selling or planning to sell soon. We know how they get the answers to that question. They either look at Zillow, ask knowledgeable friends in the industry, get an appraisal, or they contact an agent and request a CMA. Show More Summary

Is There D.A.N.G.E.R. In The Future Of Real Estate?

It’s been well over 20 years now since then NAR president Bill Chee warned everyone of the “Lion Coming Over The Hill”. “Non-Industry competitors” and Microsoft were viewed as a clear and present danger. NAR leadership created RIN (the...Show More Summary

Another Way for Homeowners to Achieve Financial Freedom: Real Estate Equity Sharing

I came across ClearStep via my friend Josh Maher: Received a letter in the mail about ClearStep – offering to buy 10% equity in my home – interesting model — Josh Maher (@JoshMaher) June 5, 2015 What is it: …tailored...Show More Summary

Lifestyle Marketing in Multi-Family Real Estate (Or Lack Thereof)

I’ve been doing a great deal of research lately in the multi-family / rental vertical. Look at just about any apartment community web site and you’ll find the same content structure. Photos (almost always poorly produced) Amenities A...Show More Summary

UK Property Sites Utilize New “Travel Time” Search Feature

Editor’s Note: By way of his inaugural post, I’d like to introduce our newest contributor Charlie Davis.  Charlie is a co-founder of, a company that delivers software to the property industry and beyond in the U.K. One of their products, TravelTime, allows properties to be searched by travel time rather than miles radius. Show More Summary

AirBnB and Rentals

I mentioned in 2013 that I believed AirBnB would get into rentals. Here’s a fairly good indicator that is happening (or going to): The post AirBnB and Rentals appeared first on GeekEstate Blog.

Massachusetts Courts Uphold Real Estate Employment Affiliation

In a ruling today, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court upheld the Suffolk County Superior Court ruling in the case of Monell v. Boston Pads, LLC. “We are pleased that the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the pro-consumer...Show More Summary

New Story: Crowdfunding Homes for Those in Need

Those who read regularly, know I’m a huge fan of doing good in the world (see this and this). That’s precisely why when I came across New Story a couple weeks ago on Twitter as a result of getting backed by YCombinator, I immediately knew it was a project worth highlighting here on Geek Estate. Show More Summary

Why Aren’t You Succeeding?

A short, motivational video this morning… Do it. The post Why Aren’t You Succeeding? appeared first on GeekEstate Blog.

Want a Discounted Rate on a Full Custom Website Design?

Have you been frustrated with your website, and just waiting to pull the trigger on redoing it entirely? As previously mentioned, we’ve been bootstrapping Horizon with consulting money. Currently, we have bandwidth to design one full...Show More Summary

Zillow is competing against you, and using your own name to do it

I’m not one of those guys who thinks that Zillow aims to put agents out of business. Zillow needs agents, as they are Zillow’s primary revenue source. But neither have I deluded myself into thinking that Zillow is not competing with agents & brokers. Show More Summary

Visiting a Childhood Home, and the Opportunity for Heatmaps of Neighborhood Renovations

I had a meeting in Crossroads today (a neighborhood of Bellevue, WA). In 2nd and 3rd grade, I lived nearby in Lake Hills off 159th Street right near Phantom Lake Pool. In this exact house. I drove by the house today on my way home, to see what had changed. Show More Summary

The Questions that Matter when Building a Marketplace

We’re (Horizon) building a marketplace for people looking for places to stay, and those willing to provide it. Every startup, in any industry, matching needs and haves – aka building a marketplace – will have to address a number of challenges along the way. Show More Summary

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

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