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Archived Since:January 30, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Marketers: Please, Please Stop Using the Word “First”

Localism says they are “the first national neighborhood-level news site!” I’m sorry, I’m calling bullshit. Ever hear of Patch? (see here)? Blockfeed? Seriously marketers — you ruin all credibility (aka trust) by making outrageous claims you are the first to do something. Show More Summary

OpenStreetView – A New Alternative to StreetView

OpenStreetView recently launched (SearchEngineLand coverage). Real estate is a big vertical for Google Maps and StreetView. For the mapping geeks out there, you should take a look. If you’d like to learn more, here’s a presentation with...Show More Summary – Connecting Departing Tenants with Renters

Yesterday I came across, another player tackling medium term rentals in NYC by connecting renters directly with departing tenants. Given how crazy broker fees are there, it’s no surprise New York City is a hotbed for startups...Show More Summary

Nestigator – Are There Legs in Making Search More Social?

I spoke with Jerry at Nestigator while I was in San Francisco a couple weeks ago. Their stated value proposition: Connect Search Collaborate Nestigator lets you build your home searching dream team with your family, friends, and agent so your home search can be a breeze. Show More Summary

How to Differentiate a New Portal?

Can you still build a real estate search portal? Yes, absolutely. Anything is possible. That said, if you plan to build a portal and compete – you need to win the consumer (buyers), somehow. Without buyers, no one in the industry makes any money. Show More Summary

The Giving Back in Real Estate Discussion

If you read this blog, and don’t know I’m passionate about giving back — well, you’re not really reading. While in San Francisco at Inman Connect, I attended the “Finding a Cause that Aligns With Your Brand” panel that included goodShow More Summary

New Ad Program – 6 Spots, $500 per month

We’re simplifying advertising options to a basic monthly sponsorship package. We’ll take 6 sponsors at $500 per month. Each will receive: 100% share of voice with a 180 x 150 ad module on the home page 100% share of voice with a 180Show More Summary

Future Cities Accelerator

Agents and brokers — and the broader industry — has a vested interest in ensuring cities grow and prosper. The Unreasonable Institute and Rockefeller Foundation’s are working together on the Future Cities Accelerator, offering 10 grants of $100,000. Show More Summary

Available: Complete National Property Search Portal

Those who know him, know Seth Siegler at Hoverboard Labs is one of the smartest, most experienced technologists in our industry. He posted a message on his Facebook wall this morning, that I thought was worth posting here given the audience...Show More Summary

Is the Post-Internet Real Estate Search Experience Better or Worse?

Brian Boero from 1000Watt has alluded to a theme in previous writing (I can’t remember the exact post though to link to): The post-internet-enabled real estate experience is worse than before. He mentioned that again on an Inman Connect panel I saw last week in San Francisco. Greg picked up on it as well. Show More Summary

The Rental Process for Single Property Landlords, and Tenant-Landlord Laws in Seattle

As you know by now, I’ve been thinking about rentals a lot recently (see here and here) as a result of having to move in the next month. I’m signing a lease later tonight, and was sent the City of Seattle’s landlord and tenant laws this...Show More Summary

HomeView, Another History of the Home Player

I came across HomeView at Inman Connect this past week…another player in the history of the home arena. I just took a super quick peek at the product, and feel the “why use it” context is missing… but I’m sure they’ll iterate. (it’s not easy). Show More Summary

Millennial Buyers Aren’t Going To Stand For This

My morning routine is to make a cup of coffee and peruse the Inman Headlines in my inbox. This morning, I was intrigued by the lead article: The 6 texts you should send every online lead. I (naively) assumed that the article would cover 6 different types of text messages that are most useful to clients or see the highest engagement. Show More Summary

How Do you Monetize Rentals to Better the Consumer Experience?

Sam’s right (read comments on this post). There’s little financial incentive for someone to really improve the consumer rental experience on the tenant side. Rather than the tenant paying, perhaps the best incentive is agents/brokers...Show More Summary

Giveback Homes + ReferralExchange = A Lot of Good Vibes

Am I a broken record yet about what a huge fan of Giveback Homes I am?I can’t speak highly enough of Blake and Caroline at Giveback Homes. I’ll keep beating the drum… This week, they announced a new partnership with ReferralExchange: current Giveback Homes member agents will receive a ReferralExchange submit license. Show More Summary

In San Fran Next Week..

I’m in San Francisco next week, August 1-7. If you’re a local or coming from out of town for Inman and want to chat — shoot me an email at drew at horizonapp dot co. The post In San Fran Next Week.. appeared first on GeekEstate Blog...

A Few Thoughts on Rentals & the Seattle Market

I’m in a real world real estate scenario right now. I need to find a place to move by September 1st. Context: A year ago, after several years of not having a permanent place of my own, I finally resettled full time in Seattle, and rented a condo in Queen Anne from a friend. Show More Summary

One Way to Market Real Estate…a Truck

That’s bold marketing strategy by Jeffrey Hogue… How are you marketing your business? [Via Spencer Rascoff] The post One Way to Market Real Estate…a Truck appeared first on GeekEstate Blog.

Special Offering for Brokers / Teams

We’re looking for a few strategic brokers / teams for StreetAdvisor’s revamped white label offering to promote as showcase clients — at a much lower price point than previously offered at. The “why”? Engagement, and conversion. Buyers looking at your site are already researching neighborhoods and cities elsewhere. Show More Summary

Homely Launches iOS App to Find Property for Sale & Rent in Australia

Homely, an Australian real estate portal, just released their new iOS app. Its clean, simple, and includes big, gorgeous photos. All good things for a real estate search app. I’d encourage everyone — particularly those working on property search websites or apps of your own – to give it a spin. Show More Summary

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