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Archived Since:January 30, 2008

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10 Reasons more Photos are Valuable for Agents

[Editor’s Note: HomeZada is sponsoring Geek Estate this month, and this is a sponsored post.] Consumers love photos of just about everything on the internet. Just look at the amount of photos on people’s Facebook posts, their dreamsShow More Summary

The Value of a Domain Name: What if Google Removed URLs from Chrome?

Real estate media is all about traffic right now.  Broker sites, agent sites, and the national portal websites are battling for SEO, ad placement, and brand recognition. Those of us in the SEO-centric crowd focus a lot on domain names, and how much value they create for an online venture. Show More Summary

Realtyps: Yelp for Properties

I came across Realtyps this weekend. It’s yelp for real estate properties. My hunch is it’s a reaction to Jason Calacanis’ RFP (request for prototype) for brutal real estate reviews. What do you think? Will enough buyers review properties...Show More Summary

REach Applications are Open

For the entrepreneurs reading, note that NAR’s REach incubator is taking applications until March 15. Apply Now The post REach Applications are Open appeared first on GeekEstate Blog.

Zillow Zestimate and Mr Humphries Go To Washington

Zillow’s data aggregation prowess has pushed its chief economist into a new position as a member of the federal government’s open data advisory council. Stan Humphries will take a position as an advisor on the Department of Commerce’s panel intended to help government make better decisions based on open data. Show More Summary

HomeZada: A Home’s Digital Repository

[Disclosure: HomeZada is sponsoring Geek Estate this month, and this is a sponsored post. That said, HomeZada did not have any editorial say over this article; all opinions and words are my own.] I mentioned HomeZada’s consumer launch recently. Show More Summary

Upstream & The National Broker Public Portal: Unearthing, Creating Super-MLS Data Layers

Project Upstream aims to become the defender and gatekeeper of brokers’ real estate listing nationwide.  The National Broker Public Portal intends to provide a nationwide display of data that puts brokers at the controls.  Although the former is not necessarily intended to exclusively fuel the latter, it seems like a match made in heaven. Show More Summary

NRT’s Flank…is a Flunk

NRT threw some money at the portal space, with the launch of When I question whether brokerages / franchises have the chops to compete with the big portals (see here), this “portal” is exactly what I mean (in less than 3 minutes of looking)… Not responsive – doesn’t work on mobile. Show More Summary

My Upcoming Travel Schedule

I’ll be traveling on business for Horizon most of March, and would love to meet some of you if you live in, or traveling to, any of the cities I’m visiting: San Francisco – March 2-9 Boulder – March 9-17 New York City – March 17-24/25...Show More Summary

The Way We Think About Charity is Dead Wrong

This is still one of my all time favorite TED talks. I just re-watched it last night for the 3rd or 4th time. It’s Dan Pallotta talking about how we think about charity is wrong, and why. I wholeheartedly agree with Dan that marketing...Show More Summary

The National Broker Public Portal: Simplicity, Differentiation Are the Paths To Success

There has been a lot written about the possibility of a national Broker Public Portal for real estate–probably too much, for a project that’s nowhere near being off the ground yet.  Still, the idea rallies the spirits of many brokers, so it has legs. Show More Summary

Zillow Ad: “Lake House”

I love this ad. It’s genius. FYI I grew up on a Lake (Lake Sammamish). The post Zillow Ad: “Lake House” appeared first on GeekEstate Blog.

iOS Notifications…the Right Way

For the geeks, is this how you envision the next set of iOS push notifications looking & functioning? [via] The post iOS Notifications…the Right Way appeared first on GeekEstate Blog.

Incentives for the Broker Public Portal

A new detail about the Broker Public Portal, from Rob’s conversation with Victor Lund: …the thinking behind the BPP corporate structure is that it will be structured more-or-less as a non-profit. Shares in the company cannot be sold, and no dividends will ever be paid. Show More Summary

Layers for WordPress

I don’t think I’m along when I say WordPress is too complicated / bloated. There are way too many options available. I saw Layers on Product Hunt which seems to address the issue, and thought it’d be worth sharing here. Check it Out Note: I have NOT personally tried it yet. Show More Summary

Urban Compass is Now Compass

Urban Compass (which I’ve written about before) recently re-branded to Compass, as they are expand outside of their urban NYC environment to the suburbs (Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia). They have money, are extremely well connected, and are investing heavily in tech tools. Show More Summary

HomeZada: The Digital Platform for Your Clients’ Homes

Those that have been reading this blog a long time may remember the post I wrote about the history of the home (all the way back in 2012). That’s more or less the opportunity HomeZada sees as well. They recently launched for consumers. Show More Summary

Zillow Group: A Brand All Grown Up

Pretty much every industry knows about Zillow’s acquisition of Trulia. The transaction finally closed yesterday, resulting in the newly formed Zillow Group. If you want some more robust thoughts on what this all means, Rob has a few here – but I wanted to touch on something completely different. Show More Summary

Obama Speaks to Kara Swisher

Obama’s recent interview with Kara Swisher: [via AVC] The post Obama Speaks to Kara Swisher appeared first on GeekEstate Blog.

Will Real Estate Follow Travel in Consolidation?

In January of 2014, I wrote: Will the industry take an Orbitz approach (6 largest airlines teaming together to take on Expedia, Travelocity, etc), with the largest franchises/brokers teaming together to build a new portal? The national...Show More Summary

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