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Archived Since:January 30, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Yeloha: Solar for Everyone (via Sharing)

Yeloha was on Product Hunt yesterday (see here). It’s a way to share solar power among neighbors. I don’t know about you, but I’d say the host benefits are a pretty compelling sell. What do you think? Would you rent solar power fromShow More Summary

Dollar Value of Listing Inventory, by Brokerage?

@gregofisch @drewmeyers Sure just a ballpark here. What is the dollar value of stuff currently associated with each brokerage. — Gahlord Dewald (@gahlord) August 27, 2015 Does anyone check this statistic weekly, or even monthly, as a...Show More Summary

Re-Investigating the Lifestyle Search Opportunity

Onboard Informatics launched their lifestyle search API 7 years ago. SpatialMatch is the other one that comes to mind (purchased by HomeJunction I believe). I got to talking about lifestyle search with someone last night. It makes sense conceptually to search the type of lifestyle you’re looking for, and houses in one go. Show More Summary

Reviews/Ratings. Do You Trust Them?

Pretty much everything is reviewed online now. Apartments. Restaurants. AirBnB hosts (& travelers). Hotels. Contractors. Books. Lyft drivers (and riders). Couchsurfers. Real estate agents. Etc. I saw an ad on TV last night for Show More Summary

A Few Thoughts on Upstream

I’m somewhat surprised I haven’t written anything about Project Upstream yet (though Bryn has). Rob has written about the topic numerous times recently (see here and here) which got me thinking about broker listing data, and the future of the MLS. Show More Summary


EveryHome, the next iteration of Rebls, is on Product Hunt today. The basic premise is that every home is for sale (hence, the name). I had a chance to take a look at the site, and chat with Bryan Copley, a few weeks ago pre release....Show More Summary

Free Advertising on Geek Estate for a Limited Time. First Come, First Serve.

You may have noticed some new ad modules on the site Sunday night. Why? We’re changing the way we charge for sponsorships. Instead of the larger one month sponsorships for one company we’ve done in the past, we will now provide 6 sponsors...Show More Summary

The Future of Real Estate, According to Zillow

You should all go read Rob Hahn’s latest post: The Future of Real Estate, According to Zillow. It’s a topic the industry — and specifically brokerages/franchises/MLS’ who make money from headcount based business models — should think deeply about.   The post The Future of Real Estate, According to Zillow appeared first on GeekEstate Blog.

Now on Horizon: Faster Access to Cities, and In-App Messaging

Since releasing Horizon for iOS in March, we’ve been working on a few improvements. Last night, we finally pressed publish on Version 1.5 — which includes two main changes: a redesigned interface to browse cities and countries and an in-app messaging system. Show More Summary

Blockfeed, the Latest Attempt to Aggregate Hyper Local News

I saw Blockfeed this morning, a hyper local news app in NYC. See Fred Wilson’s Been There Done That post — aggregating hyper local news has been tried ( & Everyblock among others), but that doesn’t mean Blockfeed’s latest attempt will fail. Show More Summary

WeChat: A Glimpse into the China Tech Ecosystem

If you are a founder in the real estate vertical, trying to figure out where this industry is headed over the next decade — I highly suggest you read this analysis of WeChat by Connie Chan on a16z. WeChat is of course a messaging app with a massive massive user base in China. Show More Summary

The Sleeper to the Trulia Acquisition: Mortgages

This isn’t really news anymore (I meant to finish this post earlier this week), but wanted to call attention to the fact that Zillow Mortgage Marketplace recorded over $10M in revenue this past quarter (see press release here). I’veShow More Summary

GiveBack Homes – Please Go Sign Up

  The first time I met Blake and Caroline from Giveback Homes was last summer in San Francisco immediately prior to departing for Start-Up Chile. 12 months later, in the same city, at the same conference (Inman), I had the chance to hang out with Caroline again, and meet their new team member Mary. Show More Summary

What Would Happen If the Industry Yanked All Their Listings?

There are some proponents for the entire industry ceasing syndication entirely (specifically to Zillow). The thinking is generally “with no listings, Zillow would become irrelevant and lose all their traffic, all that traffic would frequent agent/broker websites, and the result would be cheaper leads/clients”. Show More Summary

Example Results When Agents Try to Build Portals

As a result of the ongoing discussion about Broker Public Portal (most recent thread here), I did a little bit of digging to figure out whether there have been other “agent/broker led” portal initiatives that have successfully competed...Show More Summary

3 Days Left to Apply for YC Fellowship

Any young founders out there, pre seed funding and pre accelerator? Apply for a YC Fellowship: YC Fellows will receive a $12,000 grant and advice from the YC community for 8 weeks (from mid-September to mid-November) to go from an idea to a startup. Show More Summary

The Nitty Gritty of Fundraising for Startups

I would bet every founder reading this blog knows about AirBnB. If you don’t, you’ve been living under a rock. Some of you have raised funds. Others haven’t. Fundraising is not easy. Don’t let anyone tell you differently, despite what you hear in the tech press. Show More Summary

Zillow, DotLoop, and Your Data: Does It Matter?

Zillow is acquiring DotLoop. Fires are burning in real estate social media. Let’s get this out of the way. There are tons of brokers and agents who dislike Zillow. Call them what you want. They’re here. I’m a regular critic of the company when they (regularly) make moves that don’t seem in the best interests of brokers, agents, or their clients. Show More Summary

BPP Selects 1000Watt

It’s no secret I’m not the biggest fan of the Broker Public Portal. I really don’t see how it makes strategic financial sense, and have long thought the project will be a colossal waste of money rebuilding the exact offering that has taken Zillow 10 years – and millions and millions of dollars – to build. Show More Summary

Adwerx Introduces Mobile Ad Platform For RE Pros

Durham N. Carolina’s Adwerx is a digital advertising platform for residential real estate that was created using a concept and code for a completely different vertical, musicians. Jed Carlson and his team of now 37 employees used their...Show More Summary

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