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Will Real Estate Follow Travel in Consolidation?

In January of 2014, I wrote: Will the industry take an Orbitz approach (6 largest airlines teaming together to take on Expedia, Travelocity, etc), with the largest franchises/brokers teaming together to build a new portal? The national...Show More Summary

A Follow Up Related to the National Broker Public Portal

A couple months ago, I wrote a few thoughts about the National Broker Public Portal project. As a result of seeing Rob’s recent post, I noticed there are a few updates to share, such as the new website ( and they are in fact moving forward with raising $250,000 in funds to start. Show More Summary

Zillow and Trulia Merger is Set to Close February 17

It sounds like the FTC is close to finalizing the Zillow-Trulia merger. Expected to close February 17th. Congrats to all my friends at both companies. Watching Zillow-Trulia battle the newly acquired run by News Corp will make for an interesting 2015 and 2016. The post Zillow and Trulia Merger is Set to Close February 17 appeared first on GeekEstate Blog.

A Startup to Check Out: Keep

Take a peek: Keep. From my understanding, it’s a branded version of the home reports Zillow send (details). Smart approach. [H/T to Audie for the heads up on this one] The post A Startup to Check Out: Keep appeared first on GeekEstate Blog.

The Decline…or End…of Geography

I’m not sure how many of you read Seth Godin. Those that do, know he recently wrote about the end of geography, and concluded with this statement: If you’re still betting on geography, on winning merely because you’re local, I hope you have a special case in mind. Show More Summary


Here is an example of why newspapers are having a hard time vs. Google. My local paper charges $50 CPM, which is $50 per thousand impressions, for a banner ad near the top of their homepage. Keep in mind this banner is not targeted to Real Estate buyers and sellers, it is just shown to anyone who wants to read the paper. Show More Summary

Hackers (in Seattle): A Chance to Win $10k

This coming weekend in Seattle, Zillow is sponsoring a hackathon with participation from the White House, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and offering up a $10k grand prize for the winner. Show More Summary

Is There a Real Estate Moonshot In the Works?

Zillow purchased Trulia. News Corp purchased Clearly, there are things happening in the real estate industry. Joel thinks 2015 will be a big year in real estate tech. I tend to agree. But is anything really really big happening?...Show More Summary

Horizon in Public Beta to Deliver Trusted Contacts by Location

If you read this blog, you likely know I’ve been working on Horizon for the better part of a year. The starting point is Couchsurfing/AirBnB within your own trusted network; but the long term vision is trusted contacts by location. We may be crazy, but we believe Horizon is a product with potential to be on every single smartphone in the world. Show More Summary

MRIS In Talks With Zillow on Direct Listing Feed

Zillow is in negotiations with MRIS to establish a direct data feed of broker listings ahead of the looming cancellation of Zillow’s ListHub syndication contract. “It is the sole prerogative of the Listing Broker to decide where their inventory appears,” said Jon Coile, MRIS Chairman of the Board. Show More Summary

Realtors Giving Back – Home For Home.

Elba’s dream was to own a home with a real floor and a front door so her children could sleep in safety and comfort. Thanks to the passion of Giveback Homes Members and our partnership with Habitat for Humanity, Nicaragua, that dream became a reality. Show More Summary

The Future Listing Syndication Landscape

Here’s a rough prediction for what will take the place in the listing syndication arena after the “ListHub-Zillow divorce” (for more analysis on the deal, read Rob Hahn’s thoughts here and here): Zillow will continue to invest in their listing management and reporting dashboard. Show More Summary

Why Usability Testing Does Not Work For Me

In my recent post about Responsive Design, I received an interesting comment from one reader. He said that my point is misleading, has no technological merit, I have no idea what I am writing about, and I should delete my post. Despite this not so favorable response (LOL), I also had another comment, which gave me the idea for this post. Show More Summary

Is Responsive Design dangerous?

In my opinion, Responsive Design can be dangerous. I design based on what I feel the user wants to see, not based on making sure I can fit it on a smaller screen. Yes, my site works great on a smart phone, but I did not design it with a mobile first, Responsive Design mentality. Show More Summary

The National Broker Public Portal?

Some of you may have seen this NBPP (National Broker Public Portal) proposal: A few thoughts: This just sounds like rebuilding Zillow, 10 years too late. Show More Summary

The Real Estate Tech Growth Continues. $70.9M for Redfin

Just in time for the holiday season, Redfin completed a $70.9 million round. The post The Real Estate Tech Growth Continues. $70.9M for Redfin appeared first on GeekEstate Blog.

Real Estate Webmasters – My Experience

When I was thinking of what would be helpful to readers of geek estate I came across Sam’s article about ReelGeeks and I thought why not tell everyone my recent experience with Real Estate Webmasters (REW).  I will preface this withShow More Summary

How to Source Sales Data in Countries where Agents are Very Secretive about Transactions?

To build a real estate portal, the standard strategy is collect lots of listing data. Or you could try the “AVM abroad” strategy (Zillow for country X). I’ve written about data sources before (MLS listing data, public property data, and other free datasets). Show More Summary

RealGeeks Websites, and the Secret Sauce (a totally biased review)

I get a bunch of calls and emails every week asking for information about the RealGeeks website system we use.  I’m happy to discuss it, but I figured if I just wrote a review of our experience, it might save me a little bit of time in the future. Show More Summary

Placester and $5 Websites: Seth Price Responds To Your Questions

We’ve had a lot of discussion in the GeekEstate community about Placester’s recent deal with NAR to provide IDX-fed websites to Realtors for $5/mo. I asked Seth Price, VP of Marketing at Placester, to answer a few of your questions.Show More Summary

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