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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

Content Isn’t King Anymore… Distribution is.

There was a day where content was king. What happened next was 27million+ content pieces being created and shared everyday. Now content is just flash on your Twitter feed. Let’s leave that phrase in the past. Focused Content Should Always...Show More Summary

NAR President Sends FAA Position Statement on Use of Drones

Yesterday NAR president, Steve Brown, sent the FAA a statement letter on NAR’s position in the use of drones in real estate marketing (along with an education on using the REALTOR® trademark). NAR sees the use of the technology as a “game changer” in the marketing of real property. Show More Summary

Buy and Sell a Home, without an Agent — with allre

allre is the latest to try to help home owners buy and sell. Of course, OpenDoor is another recent entrant in the “buy and sell homes online” camp. Allre recently presented at TechCrunch Disrupt: Sell or Buy a House Online for Free on...Show More Summary

Carfax For Listings? Revaluate Launches in Beta

Another RE Tech start-up has moved from stealth to beta recently. Revaluate is hedging a bet that prospective home buyers are hungry for data that exists outside standard MLS descriptions on the homes they are considering. From the about page at Revaluate.Com. Show More Summary

NAR: Stop helping Zillow and hurting Realtors!

Realtors, you’ve got to ask yourself one question: Are you getting multiple years of sold listings in your IDX feed? I believe the answer to that question is no, because I have never found an IDX feed that had multiple years of sales history included. Show More Summary

Meet the Real Estate Tech Entrepreneur: Jay Sherer

In our latest real estate tech interview, I’m talking to Jay Sherer, Founder of HelloAgent. Without further adieu, here’s a bit more from his own mouth… What do you do? It depends entirely on who you ask. If you ask my boss (our founder), I’m a growth hacker. Show More Summary

Meet the Real Estate Tech Entrepreneur: John Thomas (“JT”)

In our latest real estate tech interview, I’m talking to John Thomas, CEO of Deductr. Without further adieu, here’s a bit more from his own mouth… What do you do? I love growing small businesses! I also love technology. So I’ve spent over 20 years growing small technology related companies. Show More Summary

Lightbulbs, your Business and your Life

Is that post title cryptic enough for you? What do lightbulbs have to do with real estate? Well, it’s not about LEDs or CFLs, it’s about priorities. Confused? Hopefully I can shed light on the subject. As real estate agents and brokers, we have no shortage of people offering advice to us. Show More Summary

MRIS Teams With Federal Title On Closing Apps

Mid-Atlantic Multiple Listing Service (MRIS), and Federal Title & Escrow Co. have launched MRIS Close It!, a desktop and mobile app that provides quick and concise closing cost estimates.“MRIS Close It! accurately...Show More Summary

Tinder for … Agents?

There is a Tinder for virtually every industry. Including real estate. What about a Tinder for Real Estate Agents? This would be a drop dead simple app to design and build, as it would need only about 5 total screens. What would theShow More Summary

BoomTown Takes on $20.1M in Funding

Congrats to the BoomTown! team for closing their new round of capital. $20.1 million is a heck of a big infusion of capital. I would guess the success of Zillow and Trulia in the public markets was part of the bigger story & vision to investors. Show More Summary

ListHub & Point2 Combine Forces

ListHub and Point2 have long been the major listing syndicators of the real estate industry. They represent a substantial chunk of properties on Zillow and Trulia (soon to be one in the same). They were our largest feed providers when I left Zillow in 2010, and I would wager a bet they are still the largest feeds. Show More Summary

New, Inexpensive Video Opportunities Explode For Small Businesses (Including Hyperlapse)

If you haven’t tried out Instagram’s new Hyperlapse app (and your Facebook feed isn’t already full of your friends’ time lapse videos), stop reading this article, get the app, and try it out right now. My first reaction to this app was...Show More Summary

Can Social Media Replace Business Cards?

No matter what your business or industry, the value of the internet and social media cannot be denied. It’s allowing us to stay more connected than ever; but are social media channels set to replace the classic paper business card? All...Show More Summary

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