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Archived Since:January 30, 2008

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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

RE Tech. Zillow & Move Get Hot, Everything Glows.

Crunchbase posted an article today covering the hot investing activity surrounding RE tech. One of the quotes in the post could probably be found in just about every story that has been written on the subject since 1998 or so. “RealShow More Summary

Quick Horizon Update: Product Demo & Beta Testing

We (Horizon) just applied to TechStars New York, and put together a product demo which I thought I’d share here: The primary use case of finding a trusted person to stay with on your next trip is certainly not a real estate one, but there absolutely is a use case for discovering trusted contacts by location in a real estate context. Show More Summary

SQFT, Buying / Selling Homes on Your Phone without Agents

This press release by SQFT was brought to my attention: SQFT, the world’s first fully transactional real estate app, is pleased to announce that its first electronic real estate listing is under contract at a price of $550,000. The seller,...Show More Summary

How Important is Local Content? Ask Redfin

Redfin, the venerable disruptive, tech forward real estate Broker based in Seattle has made it’s first technology acquisition. Details of the deal haven’t been disclosed but it’s one of the smarter moves I’ve seen in the recently bubbly M&A activity in the RE tech space. Show More Summary

How to Disrupt the Real Estate Industry

I read some posts recently on and GeekEstate about disrupting the Real Estate Industry. Disrupting the industry is a polite way to say, we are getting rid of Real Estate agents. In my opinion, there is only one way to disrupt the Real Estate industry. Show More Summary

The Hardest Part of Building a Real Estate Tech Startup: Sales

The “Build it and they will come” mindset is of course completely false when it comes to software. Building a great software product that real estate agents and brokerages love, is really freaking hard. But building a great product is not the hardest part of succeeding with a real estate tech startups. Show More Summary

An open letter to startups trying to disrupt the real estate industry

There are always new startups popping up offering lower commissions and buyer rebates hoping that they’re going to be the next big thing in real estate. To date none of these new companies except Redfin have disrupted the industry at all. Show More Summary

NAR Gains Control Of .realestate TLD Service

Recently NAR announced that they had “won the rights” to as a top level domain. Today they have announced they have also garnered control as an additional TLD service offering. They said that “business rules” and pricing of the domain would be available in Q2 2015. Show More Summary

GeekEstate Facebook Group for RE Technologists

We tried our own forums as part of Geek Estate Pro several years ago — but they didn’t stick. We’re going to give them another go, but this time inside of Facebook as a closed group. If you would like to talk shop with other real estate...Show More Summary

News Corp. Set To Acquire Move.Com

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. is acquiring the operators of Realtor.Com, Move Inc. in a cash deal of $950 million. News corp.  sees this acquisition as a “powerful pillar” of their portfolio. Read more about it in the NY Times deal book. What are your thoughts? Is this a game changer? The post News Corp. Set To Acquire Move.Com appeared first on GeekEstate Blog.


I came across Ghar360 on ProductHunt last week, and it reminded me of the fact that I spoke to many entrepreneurs working on floorplan sites while doing business development for Zillow from 2007 until my departure 2010 to follow my travel passion (leading to Oh Hey World, and now Horizon). Show More Summary

Fred Ehrsam on BitCoin

This was shared this presentation by Fred Ehrsam (CEO of CoinBase) on AVC yesterday, and I thought it was worth highlighting here. While I don’t think many people will be buying houses with BitCoin anytime soon, I do think the technology can enable some interesting businesses for new agent/broker focused technologies. Show More Summary

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