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Credit Where It’s Due: Zillow’s Marketing

Though I still have many friends who work at Zillow, I’m not (financially) biased when I say I’m still constantly impressed with Zillow’s marketing… I’m a fan. (I should note that I just watched it on Youtube and a paid ad came on immediately following… go figure) The post Credit Where It’s Due: Zillow’s Marketing appeared first on GeekEstate Blog.

Real Geeks Releases Facebook Marketing Tool

We don’t spend a lot of money on real estate marketing, but Facebook is one place where we dabble in ads. For those of you in the Real Geeks platform or those considering it, they just released a new feature that really improves theShow More Summary

Open Source CLI (command line interface) for Querying RETS Servers and Searching Metadata

Props to Ari Summer for releasing an open source CLI (command line interface) for querying RETS servers and searching metadata. The gem is built on top of the rets gem, which handles the actual querying and parsing of the RETS server requests. Show More Summary

Congrats on the Launch of the Newly Redesigned 360Modern

Congrats to Rick Ward for launching the redesigned 360Modern. Disclosure: I’ve previously done consulting work for 360Modern. The post Congrats on the Launch of the Newly Redesigned 360Modern appeared first on GeekEstate Blog.

Horizon’s Android Version is Now Available

I’ve alluded to the fact we’ve been working on and testing an Android version of Horizon. Today, I’m excited to be able to announce we’ve released a public Android beta on Product Hunt — with full support for posting and filtering to find sublets. Show More Summary

How A Bot Reduced Our Workload By 80%

As both Drew and now Nathan have written, there is a lot of nascent interest in bots for real estate. Most technologists tend to focus on the consumer-facing use cases: helping buyers figure out which homes to look at, answering basic questions about listings, etc. Show More Summary

MIT Media Lab CityHome

Speaking of architecture… Yes, it’s possible. Pretty cool, right? More reading here and here. The post MIT Media Lab CityHome appeared first on GeekEstate Blog. Gets a Facelift recently got a revamp… The site looks pretty good at first glance. There’s a clean home page, detailed information on the listing detail pages, and a way to look up home values (using’s AVM is looks like). It’s all...Show More Summary

Bots, Aren’t So Elementary, Watson

Bot, Why? Sherlock Holmes once said, “It is my business to know what other people don’t.” Real estate agents can certainly attest to this as they are inundated with requests from prospective home buyers and sellers for information. This...Show More Summary

Wikihouse, and the Future of Architecture

I came across WikiHouse via reading through James Dearsley’s proptech review this weekend. Wikihouse is an open source building system which gives people the digital tools to create cheap homes. It’s clear there is a deep, deep social mission behind this Wikihouse. Show More Summary

pilabs’ 3rd Cohort of Startups

PiLabs, an accelerator in London, recently announced it’s 3rd cohort of startups: Candarin Home: A platform for Chinese and other international students to find accommodation. Industry Hub: Enables developers to discover the professionals behind projects they admire and crease online notebooks. Show More Summary

Bots, and Real Estate

Some of you may have heard the recent news Facebook launched a bot platform for messenger (see GeekWire post here). The developers/technologists reading should head over and learn more here: What are...Show More Summary

A New Cloud CMA Logo

I’m a fan of the new Cloud CMA logo, seen below: The post A New Cloud CMA Logo appeared first on GeekEstate Blog.

Are You a Genius?

For your Friday viewing/listening pleasure, Seth Godin… The post Are You a Genius? appeared first on GeekEstate Blog.

Trying to Deliver Everything…

I watched the following video on Realstir’s Angel List profile (a startup I’ve previously written about): After watching it, I don’t know what their focus is at all. What’s the one unique differentiator that is going to cause consumers to use Realstir instead of Zillow,, or Redfin? The post Trying to Deliver Everything… appeared first on GeekEstate Blog.

Congrats to REach’s 2016 Cohort

More startup news… congrats on those selected for REach’s 2016 class (press release): Flipt enables brokers and agents to win more listings by connecting with millions of home sellers at the earliest stages of their selling decision....Show More Summary

Looking for a Great Example Integration of Local Market Explorer

Anyone reading using the Local Market Explorer WordPress plugin that I blogged about several months ago? I’m looking for an example integration or two to highlight (and yes, that would mean you’d get a link or two from this blog). The post Looking for a Great Example Integration of Local Market Explorer appeared first on GeekEstate Blog.

Homelight, Placester + RealSatisfied

A couple pieces of news related to real estate startups… Placester acquired Realsatisfied. The Placester move makes sense given they grew their reach by 150,000 agents in one day. The combined team is a more formidable foe to Zillow than they were as separate companies. Show More Summary

What’s In Your Database?

Given that Virgent is a technology-driven brokerage (and the fact that we’re all huge data nerds), it should be no surprise that we collect a lot of data about our transactions, on everything from basics about a listing to excruciating details on showing scheduling and offers. Show More Summary

More on Real Estate Commissions

There’s a recent article (& 300+ comments) in the Washington Post about commissions, the topic everyone always loves to debate. You may also find my analysis from 2014 interesting. Do you think anything has changed in terms of consumer...Show More Summary

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