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Filed Under:Business & Finance / Real Estate
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Archived Since:January 30, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Horizon Early Beta

You probably already know we’ve been working on a new hospitality exchange app called Horizon. Who is it for? Millenials (18-34) who want to stay with trusted connections wherever they go (& save money in the process). Most of that millenial crowd can’t even afford to travel if they can’t find a free or extremely cheap place to stay. Show More Summary

My Best Guess at OpenDoor’s Strategy to Buy and Sell Homes Online

There’s been much talk and hype about the latest entrant in real estate OpenDoor, which just closed $9.5 million. While they have publicly stated they aim to enable home owners to sell their home online in 3 days. They have not publicly said how they plan to deliver on that. Show More Summary

OpenDoor Raises $9.5M

OpenDoor just closed a $9.5 million round. The list of angel investors involved, is literally quite insane: Paypal co-founder Max Levchin Former YouTube and Facebook CFO Gideon Yu Eventbrite co-founder Kevin Hartz Y Combinator’s SamShow More Summary

Zillow Wins the MSN Deal

This is somewhat old news now (announcement was July 1st), but I thought I’d briefly mention the fact that Zillow won the MSN deal that was opened up when decided to abandon the strategy of partnering with portals (which I covered here). Show More Summary

Ben Kinney’s Zillow Killer

I read the article on Inman that Ben Kinney is coming out with a Zillow killer. Blossor. As I read through the positive comments from hundreds of Realtors, I could see that Zillow is not very popular in the Realtor community. It seems anything that could kill Zillow is a good thing to these agents. Show More Summary

Slack – a Great Solution for Team Communication

Those running teams (particularly real estate tech startup founders) should certainly take a look at Slack for your teams communication. It’s real-time messaging, archiving and search brought into one. Prior to switching to Slack about...Show More Summary


I’m impressed with the NuOffer website. Clearly, they have some design talent. [via Vendor Alley] The post NuOffer appeared first on GeekEstate Blog.

HomeCanvasr Goes After Pocket Listings

HomeCanvasr recently relaunched with a focus of enabling buyers in New Jersey to find pocket (& coming soon) listings. Smart to go after one small geographic area, in a quest to build marketplace liquidity. This startup spotlight video...Show More Summary

Upcoming Travel Schedule

You all know I’m a travel addict. And news flash: that isn’t changing anytime soon. In a couple weeks, I’m headed back out on the travel trail. Well, more like the “moving” trail since I’ll be living in Santiago, Chile for 6 months as part of the Start-up Chile program to work on Horizon. Show More Summary

Rewriting an internal hybrid mobile app as a native app

The brokerage for which I work (8z Real Estate), recently released version 2.0 of an internal mobile application.  This mobile app, for the Android and iOS platforms, helps agents create listing based micro content quickly by ‘checking in’ at listings. Show More Summary

The CARFAX for Homes Opportunity

As I said several years ago, I think the history of the home opportunity is a massive one. Essentially, a CARFAX for homes. No one has really nailed it though, at least in my opinion. There are several entrepreneurs and funded startups dabbling in this space… Chris Drayer is working on Addresscore. Show More Summary

Meet the Real Estate Tech Entrepreneur: Mahesh Kashyap

In our latest real estate tech interview, I’m talking to Mahesh Kashyap, founder of Zipandfind. Without further adieu, here’s a bit more from his own mouth… What do you do? I am President/CEO of ZipandFind, which helps connecting Home Buyers and Sellers with Local Real Estate Experts by Zip Code or City. Show More Summary

Offline Marketing….Still Works

Yup, offline marketing still works. Take a look at three items that came over the past week via the postal mail to my parents house on Lake Sammamish… A physical flag for ski boats, and two mailings. One mailing is listings on the lake, and the other is about the upcoming 4th of July fireworks show. Show More Summary

Meet the Real Estate Tech Entrepreneur: Michael Neef

In our latest real estate tech interview, I’m talking to Michael Neef, founder of Pre Approve Me. Without further adieu, here’s a bit more from his own mouth… What do you do? Pre Approve Me is making the home loan process fun, convenient and easier than ever before. Show More Summary

Why Home Search Call to Actions Fail

As a real estate agent, you need to use the perfect mix of traditional and digital marketing tactics to generate traffic and attract new clients. With so many sellers’ agents advertising their services and their home listings on theShow More Summary

Horizon Logo

Naming a startup, and the branding that comes after, is certainly not easy. Given that I’ve written about naming and branding several times recently as we’ve been going through the exercise for our own startup (we are making a 2nd attempt at solving the missed connections problem), I thought I’d share where we netted out with a name and logo. Show More Summary

Bank of America…for Home Search?

I read that Re/Max partnered with Bank of America, and is now feeding their luxury listings to BofA. And I scratched my head. Why is Re/Max doing this? The real question, is who actually uses Bank of America’s Real Estate Center to search...Show More Summary

Managing Your Books has Never Been Easier!

I’m an independent broker in the very competitive Newport Beach, CA market.  As an independent broker and one man show, I wear a lot of hats: realtor, broker, SEO expert (I use this term very loosely), blogger, a transaction coordinator,...Show More Summary

The “Coming Soon” Brokerage/Franchise Network

While there has been no shortage of debate and discussion regarding Zillow’s new “coming soon” feature, there is one certainty: buyers want a way to find properties not yet on the market. Zillow is the largest real estate site in the United States, by a fairly large margin. Show More Summary

Meet the Real Estate Tech Entrepreneur: Matt Ehrlichman

In our latest real estate tech interview, I’m talking to Matt Ehrlichman, founder of Porch. Without further adieu, here’s a bit more from his own mouth… What do you do? My Name is Matt Ehrlichman and I am founder and CEO of Porch – the home improvement network. Show More Summary

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