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Archived Since:January 30, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Welcome Our Latest Contributor, Caroline Pinal of GiveBackHomes

Back in July Drew had the chance to meet with the folks behind a cause marketing concept in real estate called GiveBackHomes. I had the opportunity to speak with one their team members today, Caroline Pinal. She joins GEB as our newest contributor. Show More Summary

VivaReal: Brazil’s Real Estate Giant

We don’t often cover international real estate startups – but there are a fair number of readers from abroad, so we probably should to a bit more of it. VivaReal recently raised a big round – a $41.7 Million series C round, led by Spark Capital. Show More Summary

Sunday Morning Inspiration: Interview with AJ Leon

I listened to the JoinUpDots interview with AJ Leon (Misfits) this morning: AJ has a well read blog, Pursuit of Everything, that I’ve been following for awhile (no surprise given he’s a slow moving world nomad as I am). Show More Summary

The Power of Storytelling: Bureo Skateboards

There are a lot of amazing companies that have gone through Start-Up Chile (some of which are real estate related). My favorite one? Bureo Skateboards Why? It’s certainly not because I’m the target demographic. I’ve never skateboarded in my life, and pretty sure I would kill myself if I tried. Show More Summary

The Latest Real Estate CRM Platform, Trulia One

According to Gartner Research, worldwide sales of client relationship management (CRM) software grew by 13.4% in 2013 to over $20 billion in sales. 41% of the sales came from software as a service (SaaS) providers. Communications, media and IT services are the top 3 verticals. Show More Summary

Enallage, Alliteration, Diacope, Chiasmus

Brand names are hard. As are great slogans. Guessing not many of you have heard the term “enallage” (I hadn’t). What does it mean? A slight deliberate grammatical mistake that makes a sentence stand out — and it makes a ton of sense when it comes to company slogans, something every founder and business owner should be thinking about. Show More Summary

Tipping Tuesday…with BitCoin

I’ll follow Fred’s lead: Tipping Tuesday. I added a tip button from Coinbase to all posts here on Geek Estate, if you feel inclined to help keep the lights on. I included a Paypal donate button on this post earlier this year, and got one or two donations from it. Show More Summary

AgentFolio Shuts Its Doors. I Was Wrong?

I was bullish on AgentFolio in 2013. See this article for details. It was announced AgentFolio (formerly Buyfolio) is to be discontinued (via GeekWire). Was I wrong in my bullishness? Maybe, but I still think less is more when it comes to search — and buyfolio was onto something potentially big. Show More Summary

FBS Creates a platform to “Light Up” RE Tech Start Ups

Over the years I’ve had the opportunity to be involved with the development of several real estate technology initiatives involving the licensing of MLS data. It can be a daunting task to work through the intricacies and nuances that are so disparate from one market to another. Show More Summary

Topical Hubs To Increase Your Real Estate Rankings

Topical hubs aren’t exactly new but, they’re still a very interesting topic with an expanding knowledge base. Starting to use them with your real estate blog might be exactly what you needed to give you that extra boost. What is a topical Hub? Topical hubs are the relationships two ‘entities’ have with each other. Show More Summary

NAR BOD Votes on Wide Range of Issues

The NAR Board Of Directors voted today on long list of issues from the use of drones to take property photos and member codes of excellence to rules that require MLS boards to expand the data they provide for use on broker and agent sites through current IDX (internet data exchange rules). Show More Summary

Tools to improve your NAR conference experience.

Going to a business conference is always fun, especially if you’re like me and you love what you do and catching up with old friends you haven’t seen in a while. Ahead of an event I am always stressing out over the blocks of time that aren’t productive or if I’ve run into a situation where there are two events at the same time. Show More Summary

Zillow Premier Agent Forum

You gotta hand it to them…job well done. The fact that 1,000 agents showed up speaks volumes. That’s an event about the size of Inman Connect (I honestly have no idea what Inman attendance of that has been over the past few years, but I feel like I heard 1,000 or 1,200 a couple years ago somewhere). The post Zillow Premier Agent Forum appeared first on GeekEstate Blog.

NAR Survey Says What about Mobile?

NAR came out with their 2014 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers yesterday. Mobile usage was an eye opener at 50%, but wait, upon closer inspection, they classify it as a Mobile or tablet website or application. I don’t have permission to post a chart from their survey, so here is the link to it on Inman News. Show More Summary

Placester, and $10 Websites

Placester took a shot at Zillow by slashing their agent website prices [Via Realuoso]. From their CEO Matt Barba… If having a great website is a given, then affording a great website should be too. We strongly believe this is what it should cost to build and run a quality real estate website. Show More Summary

Zillow Adds Reviews to Zillow Connect

Zillow does it again. I won’t write an essay, but adding reviews to their API is a brilliant move. They just took a massive step toward winning the race for consumer trust. The post Zillow Adds Reviews to Zillow Connect appeared first on GeekEstate Blog.

vous voir à la Nouvelle Orléans – See you in New Orleans

I’ll be representing GeekEstate blog in New Orleans this week at the annual NAR Realtors Convention & Expo. The event will take place the 7th through the 10th. This year’s conference, “Realtors® in Full Swing,” is expected to draw more than 17,000 Realtors® and guests. Show More Summary

Walkscore and Redfin: Is Real Estate Tech Too Profitable For Distractions and Discounts?

Seattle’s technology brokerage, Redfin, recently acquired our local community metrics company, Walkscore. The guys who run WalkScore have grown their business into household name nationwide, and have remained the same gracious, humble, community-conscious entrepreneurs in the meantime. Show More Summary

Start-Up Chile’s Portfolio of Real Estate Start-Ups

As many of you know, I’m currently down in Santiago going through Start-Up Chile building Horizon. Horizon is not a real estate startup. That said, there are a number of real estate startups that have gone through the incubator, some of the founders I’ve spoken to and others I haven’t. Show More Summary

Future Mortgage Option: Lending Insurance To Avoid Rate Volatility

Imagine you’re one of the millions of Americans who have been locking in in record low interest rates on adjustable rate mortgages within the past few years. 4.0 percent on a 30 year mortgage is a good deal, but 2.25% on a 5 yr ARM, or 2.5% on a 7 yr ARM cuts your payment nearly in half. Show More Summary

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