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Archived Since:January 30, 2008

Blog Post Archive

A WordPress Plugin to Pull & Display Zillow Reviews?

Zillow has an API that returns reviews for a specified screen name. They clearly want agents and brokers to use those reviews on their own websites (see their widget here). We all know a big percentage of agent and broker websites are built with WordPress. Show More Summary

Zillow + Sun Number

I’m glad to see Zillow added Sun Number’s to property detail pages this last week. I hadn’t hadn’t heard of Sun Number until tonight. From their website, their mission: increasing the public’s awareness of the solar potential of buildings through our Sun Number™ Scores The company/product reminds me a lot of Walk Score. Show More Summary

A Continuation of the The Future of Cities Dialogue

I brought up the Future of Cities topic back in July as a result of attending the Unlikely Allies summit in Seattle (at Impact Hub). I happened to speak to two people who work for Microsoft’s Civic Tech team today, and came across an announcement by YC’s New Cities initiative caught my attention yesterday, the fact that Ben Huh joined the team. Show More Summary

Can We Inhabit Mars?

Another non real estate tech post, but the possibility of inhabiting Mars is worth the interruption (IMHO). In the beginning of the hour long video below (which I watched last night), Elon Musk says the goal of the speech/presentation is to make becoming a multiplanetary species (on Mars) seem possible. Show More Summary

The World of Plumbing SEO

SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is an important aspect of online marketing. It’s especially true in the competitive world of maintenance professionals where bid prices for keywords on Google are extremely expensive. This has an impact on small businesses, real estate investors, and homeowners. Show More Summary

Understanding The Game We’re Playing, in a Real Estate Context

Let’s bring the “understanding the game we’re playing” discussion into the context of a real estate business. The core question is, as a real estate agent or broker or franchise, what game are you really playing? To provide a bit ofShow More Summary

Meet the Real Estate Entrepreneur — Mark Bloomfield from Homeasap

In our latest real estate tech interview, I’m talking to Mark Bloomfield from Homeasap, a provider of online marketing solutions for real estate professionals, in Jacksonville. What do you do? In addition to my duties as the founderShow More Summary

What we learned from hand training A.I. on 25k+ property descriptions

Hardcore artificial intelligence technology companies like and are using hand trained datasets to enhance their artificial intelligence offerings. This is a tedious and sweaty process that we’ve been tackling for real estate at Structurely, and our A.I has learned a lot already. Show More Summary

Understanding The Game We’re Playing

This is another non real estate tech post. For that, I apologize. Simon Sinek gave a presentation at Creative Mornings worth watching, titled “Understanding the Game We’re Playing”… He talks a bit about the entire next generation that as grown up with social media and instant gratification. Show More Summary

Acquired Podcast: Zillow and Trulia Acquisition

Real estate industry insiders will likely enjoy the latest Acquired podcast, which is Ben Gilbert and David Rosenthal speaking with Kathleen Philips about the Zillow-Trulia merger (which closed in 2015). It’s an hour long, and dives into the backstory, negotiations and takeaways from the deal. Show More Summary

October Sponsor Showcase

Thank you to our October advertisers… Your real estate referral business is bigger than you think. ReferralExchange matches your referrals with 3 agents, manages the entire process, and pays you a 25% referral fee. Get started We find, showcase, and sell Modern homes. Show More Summary

Building a Real Estate Portal?

I know international entrepreneurs are reading (I’ve met/spoken to a few of you), some of whom are working on real estate portals in various countries. A real estate portal is a fairly defined technology product, which includes: A home...Show More Summary

Another AVM Entrant: BuyerPrice

I’ve written about AVM’s before, here. Another one looks to have recently entered the market. Aside from their chrome extension (which seems cool, but not defensible), I’m not sure what’s different about what they’re doing. Show More Summary

Cable News, and Fear

This isn’t really related to real estate tech, so if that’s what you’re looking for today, you can head elsewhere. Seth Godin’s post yesterday was about Cable News. More specifically, fear and what’s causing it: What if the fear andShow More Summary

Relationships in Real Estate Technology

Real estate has traditionally been a lagging industry when it comes to technology. This is because real estate is a “hand shake” type of industry where a lot of the action comes from relationship building. Here are just a few examples:...Show More Summary

3-D & Sotheby’s. Do Consumers Care?

Sotheby’s supports 3-D (Inman paywall article). That’s cool; some buyers will certainly get value from them. Zillow actually did this last year. The reality is Sotheby’s beating the big boys to the punch doesn’t really matter. If itShow More Summary

W Collection by Windermere

Windermere announced the W Collection back in June (BizJournal & Windermere). Especially given Windermere is based here in Seattle (and has massive market share), I live here, and I consult for 360modern — I’ll be following this initiative closely. Show More Summary

Website & IDX Combo for Boutique Brokerages — RealSavvy

There’s a new technology vendor worth taking a look at if you’re a boutique brokerage/team, and searching for a new website/IDX provider. RealSavvy. They’re based in Austin, and look to have a fairly slick offering. It’s a full website, IDX, and CRM in one, teamed with an iOS app (with Android coming soon). Show More Summary

iOS 10, and Home

I finally got around to upgrading my phone to iOS 10 this morning. One of the first things I noticed was a new icon on my home screen. Home. Turns out the rumors were correct (see my post here). I’m anxious to see this progress. Perhaps Apple is the one that will finally crack the “history of the home” opportunity via a platform approach. Show More Summary

Centriq – Your Home, Smarter

Another attempt at the history of the home opportunity I’ve written previously about: Centriq. HomeKeepr and HomeZada (see prior coverage here) are two long standing competitors — though there’s other recent entrants as well. I played with Centriq’s iOS version a bit yesterday. Show More Summary

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