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Archived Since:January 30, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Homelight Gets Another $40 Million in Funding

$40 million in fresh funding is an indicator the HomeLight tv ads I wrote about earlier this year were an indicator something is working. I’d be curious to know what their cost of customer acquisition is for the big 500% growth number cited in the TechCrunch article. Show More Summary

Distribution Options for Your Real Estate Startup in 2017?

It’s safe to say virtually every single real estate technology product is plagued by distribution challenges in 2017. Some of you may have seen the news that Cloud CMA and Tom Ferry teamed up…see details here: Having the most prolific speaker in the industry promote your product is obviously no small feat, even for Cloud CMA. Show More Summary

Bob Goldberg’s First Video as NAR CEO

New NAR CEO Bob Goldberg’s first video [via 1000watt’s email]: Honestly, I have no real opinion of Bob. Never met him, and haven’t spoken about him with anyone who knows/works with him. “Smart changes”? “Improve the lines of communication”?...Show More Summary

A Few Companies Worth Looking at from Inman Connect

As mentioned, I’ve spent the last week in San Francisco at Hacker Connect & Inman Connect. It’s been a whirlwind of a week, and haven’t really been on a computer all week (which I’ve enjoyed). Before the weekend, I wanted to highlight a...Show More Summary

August Sponsor Showcase, Round 1

Thank you to our August sponsors… TurboTenant helps independent landlords improve the investment performance of their properties by offering them access to online tools, previously only available to large property management companies. Show More Summary

myAVM for Millennials

Onboard Informatics has been working on a new AVM brand that was announced today — myAVM. My question is the same one I have about RealEstate.com — do millennials really need their own AVM? I get that brokerages and agent want to integrate...Show More Summary

Meet the RE Tech Founder: Scott Hammack from Truepad

In our latest real estate tech entrepreneur interview, we’re speaking with the founder Scott Hammack of Truepad. I wrote about the Chicago portal recently, and am a fan of their focus on a real buyer value proposition. Without further ado… What do you do? ?I build great teams and then provide strategic direction. Show More Summary

Inman Hacker Connect SF – Next Week (and $100 Off)

As I’ve mentioned before — if there is one event that’s truly applicable to readers here, it’s Hacker Connect. Who: Join engineers, developers, designers, product managers, database architects, webmasters and technology executives from...Show More Summary

Entrepreneurs: Less than One Month to Apply to the 2017 MetaProp Accelerator

Entrepreneurs: you’ve got less than one month to apply for MetaProp NYC’s 2017 class. Apply here (until August 15th). What are you waiting for? The post Entrepreneurs: Less than One Month to Apply to the 2017 MetaProp Accelerator appeared first on GeekEstate Blog.

Years Of British Ridiculousness Pave The Way For UK PropTech Boom

It’s been a fascinating, if occasionally turbulent, few years here in the UK; when David Cameron first promised a referendum on EU membership back in 2015, even our best minds had no idea quite how dumbfounding the events that followed would be. Show More Summary

Can A Yelp for Apartments Work?

Congrats to long time reader Yale Fox, the CEO of RentLogic, for the writeup in Bloomberg. I totally believe there to be interest in dirty laundry being aired about apartments (units & buildings) a tenant is about to spend thousands of dollars a month to live in. Show More Summary

ERA Express Sell…

Looks like brokerages/franchises are going down the path instant offers in order to help their agents win more listings (as I guessed). ERA is joining the mix (Inman coverage here) that includes Zillow, Redfin, Opendoor, Easyknock, and OfferPad (and others). Show More Summary

The Addition of Nextdoor to the Zillow Group Network?

You may have seen the news that Nextdoor is releasing a new feature allowing agents to advertise themselves and their properties on the Nextdoor website (Inman coverage). I think they’ll learn what we learned at Zillow early on: self serve for agents doesn’t really work. Show More Summary

Fifth Wall = The Next Real Estate Accelerator

Fifth Wall, a VC firm based in LA that has raised over $200M, is entering real estate accelerator game (see TechCrunch). The program’s goal: Fifth Wall’s Accelerator Program is a 12-month program designed to help early-stage companies:...Show More Summary

Truepad – Showcasing the “Best Valued Homes”

I spent some time looking at TruePad, a real estate portal only available in Chicago (Inman coverage here). “Find the best valued homes”. I like it. Unlike the majority of approaches I see (aka search for home in city X), that actually seems like a differentiated value proposition buyers will care about. Show More Summary

Apple, HomeKit, and Smart Homes

There was news about HomeKit this week, which I’m sure is going to be a major player in the connected-smart home market over time. Apple has added interactive HomeKit experiences to 46 retail stores worldwide. Game changing news? Certainly not. Show More Summary

Zillow Invests in Virtual Staging App Hutch

Zillow made their first financial “investment”. $10 million in Hutch. It’s clear Zillow is a just a tad interested in the home improvement space. It seems they feel the need to make another bet other than Zillow Digs (which I’ve long been a fan of) against Houzz (and others). Show More Summary

Amazon and Real Estate

Amazon supposedly has their sights on real estate (via HousingWire). From a brand perspective, how far away is Amazon from being thought of as the “place to go to find a local contractor”? Really far. How far away are they from being thought of as the “place to find a service professional” (used once every 7 years)? Really really really damn far. Show More Summary

The American Dream, and NAR

NAR has a few new commercials focused on home ownership (see here to watch the videos and here for Inman coverage). After watching the commercials, I still wonder… What exactly does being a Realtor mean? Why do I need a Realtor to own...Show More Summary

Redfin’s IPO & Brokerages

Rob Hahn has some follow up thoughts on Redfin’s coming IPO as it relates to brokerages that I’d highly recommend reading (if you care about such things as the future of brokerages). A few of my own thoughts… 1. In Seattle, I’ve heard...Show More Summary

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