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Archived Since:January 30, 2008

Blog Post Archive

The Real Estate Angle to a Start-Up House

Certainly there is no shortage of money in the technology sector, and that’s growing rather than shrinking. Real estate agents and brokers want to reach relocation clients moving to town for those extremely high-paying jobs. I wrote about being the “start-up agent” in 2013. Show More Summary

Home’s Best Friend

From Coldwell Banker: Well done. The post Home’s Best Friend appeared first on GeekEstate Blog.

From Stadiums and Casinos to a House

[Editor’s Note: HomeZada is sponsoring Geek Estate this month, and this is a sponsored post.] The story behind how a tech company gets its start often intrigues people. The three founders at HomeZada are passionate and driven second time entrepreneurs and believe that many good ideas come from personal experience. Show More Summary

Kipo: A Landing Page Done Right. Now: Asking for Your Help with Ours.

I often hear from readers that they love the geeky startup stuff (like this) I write from my own experience with Oh Hey World / Horizon. So here’s another one of those. I came across Kipo tonight via a posting inside a Facebook group I belong to. Show More Summary

Fridge Magnets for Life’s Biggest Asset

[Editor’s Note: HomeZada is sponsoring Geek Estate this month, and this is a sponsored post.] Realtors often times state the importance of their role in helping consumers with their single largest financial transaction, the buying or selling of a home. Show More Summary

Open Listings – Another Attempt at Getting Rid of Agents

Some of you may have seen Open Listings, part of the current Y Combinator batch. The TechCrunch headline: YC-Backed Open Listings Enables Home Buyers To Purchase Houses Without Real Estate Agents Yeah, that’s not going to go over too well with the industry. Show More Summary

HomeZada: I’m Bullish

[Disclosure: HomeZada is sponsoring Geek Estate this month, and this is a sponsored post. That said, HomeZada did not have any editorial say over this article; all opinions and words are my own.] I get pitched a lot of products. Many of them are just slightly revised versions of other tools or business models that have existed forever. Show More Summary

For Hackers/Developers: Telescope – Open Source Community Platform

Regulars know that I’ve written about the idea of a “Hacker News for Real Estate“. I still think it would be cool if something like that existed, and had a community using it daily. The “community” aspect of it is easier said than done of course. Show More Summary

Is Zillow a $50 Billion Opportunity?

All you industry insiders should certainly read Rob Hahn’s most recent post that digs into whether Zillow is truly a company that will reach a $50 billion valuation. I honestly have no idea what the long term valuation will be, but do...Show More Summary

Horizon is Now Available on the App Store

Those that read this blog regularly know I’ve been working on a startup in the travel industry for quite awhile. In fact, the startup journey has included two completely separate travel apps (under same legal umbrella) – Horizon, and previously Oh Hey World. Show More Summary

PlanWiseConnect – Agent/Broker Distributed Browser Extension

PlanwiseConnect is a browser extension that hovers at the bottom while your clients browse any of the major portals, allowing them an easy way to ask you questions without leaving their screen. Yeah, I don’t think the big portals are...Show More Summary

10 Reasons more Photos are Valuable for Agents

[Editor’s Note: HomeZada is sponsoring Geek Estate this month, and this is a sponsored post.] Consumers love photos of just about everything on the internet. Just look at the amount of photos on people’s Facebook posts, their dreamsShow More Summary

The Value of a Domain Name: What if Google Removed URLs from Chrome?

Real estate media is all about traffic right now.  Broker sites, agent sites, and the national portal websites are battling for SEO, ad placement, and brand recognition. Those of us in the SEO-centric crowd focus a lot on domain names, and how much value they create for an online venture. Show More Summary

Realtyps: Yelp for Properties

I came across Realtyps this weekend. It’s yelp for real estate properties. My hunch is it’s a reaction to Jason Calacanis’ RFP (request for prototype) for brutal real estate reviews. What do you think? Will enough buyers review properties...Show More Summary

REach Applications are Open

For the entrepreneurs reading, note that NAR’s REach incubator is taking applications until March 15. Apply Now The post REach Applications are Open appeared first on GeekEstate Blog.

Zillow Zestimate and Mr Humphries Go To Washington

Zillow’s data aggregation prowess has pushed its chief economist into a new position as a member of the federal government’s open data advisory council. Stan Humphries will take a position as an advisor on the Department of Commerce’s panel intended to help government make better decisions based on open data. Show More Summary

HomeZada: A Home’s Digital Repository

[Disclosure: HomeZada is sponsoring Geek Estate this month, and this is a sponsored post. That said, HomeZada did not have any editorial say over this article; all opinions and words are my own.] I mentioned HomeZada’s consumer launch recently. Show More Summary

Upstream & The National Broker Public Portal: Unearthing, Creating Super-MLS Data Layers

Project Upstream aims to become the defender and gatekeeper of brokers’ real estate listing nationwide.  The National Broker Public Portal intends to provide a nationwide display of data that puts brokers at the controls.  Although the former is not necessarily intended to exclusively fuel the latter, it seems like a match made in heaven. Show More Summary

NRT’s Flank…is a Flunk

NRT threw some money at the portal space, with the launch of When I question whether brokerages / franchises have the chops to compete with the big portals (see here), this “portal” is exactly what I mean (in less than 3 minutes of looking)… Not responsive – doesn’t work on mobile. Show More Summary

My Upcoming Travel Schedule

I’ll be traveling on business for Horizon most of March, and would love to meet some of you if you live in, or traveling to, any of the cities I’m visiting: San Francisco – March 2-9 Boulder – March 9-17 New York City – March 17-24/25...Show More Summary

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