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Archived Since:January 30, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Should the MLS care about what their members think?

  For me the answer is yes! For others the answer is no, in certain situations. For example, when my MLS made a decision to give Zillow our listings, they did not do a poll to see if their members wanted this service, they just did it. Show More Summary

Working on Hard Things

I’m a big fan of Chamath Palihapitiya. Why? He’s incredibly smart, and doesn’t bullshit. Below is a recent discussion he had with Semil Shah (note I also shared a video of the two a year ago). If you watch/listen, you’ll quickly realize he’s a massive proponent of working on hard problems. Show More Summary

Email Follow up from Live Chat

I’ve talked about live chat/messengers as a conversion tool before. Today, I came across an approach I like from Zestful as a result of Eric Marcoullier’s tweet: Notice: You don’t have to wait here to get Mat’s reply Telling the website visitor exactly what they want to hear, and prompting for an email address in the process. Show More Summary

The Broader Opportunity Related to Co-Buying

Some of you may have seen our feature on CoBuy. I had the chance to meet Matt and Pam the other day at Impact Hub, discuss their progress and business, as well as think further about the broader implications and trends of co-buying properties. Show More Summary

Meet the Founders: Sarang Ratanjee and Matt Schneider from Boulevard

In our latest real estate tech interview, I’m talking to Sarang Ratanjee and Matt Schneider from Boulevard, a company based in the Bay area. What do you do? Sarang: I’m a co-founder of Boulevard, where my primary focus is leading our business and marketing efforts along with our Android mobile application development. Show More Summary

Meet the Founder: Matt Holmes from CoBuy

In our latest real estate tech interview, I’m talking to Matt Holmes from CoBuy, a company based in Seattle that helps groups of people jointly purchase homes (I first came across them via GeekWire). What do you do? I am a co-founder...Show More Summary

OpenDoor Raises $210 Million

$210 million for OpenDoor. Wow. From Forbes: Opendoor is betting that there are hundreds of thousands of Americans who value the certainty of a sale over getting the highest price. I’ve long thought that to be true (see my comment), and it’s one reason I believe something really big is going to happen with pocket / pre-market listings. Show More Summary

Law Enforcement, Education, Real Estate — and Communities

I read Greg Fischer’s latest blog post here, and it ended with a video you should all watch. It’s Nate Bowling (2016 Washington Teacher of the Year) talking about law enforcement, education, real estate — the three most critical forces building/shaping communities. Show More Summary

The Risks of Partial Equity Home Ownership

It’s no secret I’m bullish on Point; it’s one of the few startups I’ve genuinely excited about. Partial equity home ownership will fundamentally change the way real estate has been done for decades by the majority of buyers/sellers.Show More Summary

A Few More CRM Thoughts

As you probably already know, I’ve been evaluating CRMs the last couple weeks. The use case we were looking to solve for 360modern is tracking leads/prospects and convert them to buyer/seller clients — giving us visibility into future cashflow (closings) in the process.We were specifically not looking for a product to run the whole business. Show More Summary

Tips For Displaying Property Photos On Your Real Estate Website

  Good Listing Photos Are Critical According to Realtor magazine, it is the number one thing buyers are looking for when browsing your website. When I reviewed some Hotjar recordings from my website, the thing that stood out right away...Show More Summary

REDX for Lead Prospecting?

Has anyone heard about — or used — REDX for prospecting leads? The post REDX for Lead Prospecting? appeared first on GeekEstate Blog.

Local Real Estate Marketing Tips

Bad real estate marketing tips can feel like a hamster wheel. It is just going around in a circle with no real direction. PPC campaigns and social media advertising is great for exposure,but they often have horrible conversion rates....Show More Summary

Building Your Own Local Real Estate Portal? Stop and Read This First

I am guilty of making every possible mistake someone could make while building a local real estate search portal. If you have a real estate web site or are thinking about building one, I hope this list of lessons learned can save you a few headaches along the way. Show More Summary

An Amazing Product Accomplishment — Keeping it Simple

I’ve been evaluating Pipedrive, on Bryn’s recommendation. I logged in the other day for the first time, and was greeted at a uber clean interface. One simple pipeline. It’s clear the product is meant to do one thing — pipeline analysis — really, really well. Show More Summary

Anyone Using Zapier?

I’m testing a “Zap” that automatically submits information from Gravity forms into Pipedrive (which I’m currently evaluating as a potential CRM for as a deal in our pipeline. There are all sorts of integrations supported, from Gmail to GitHub to Stripe. Show More Summary

Code of Ethics not clear on negotiating commission down.

Mass Code of Ethics confusion is the best way to describe what happened when I inquired in a Facebook Group about an ethics violation another Broker said I committed during our negotiation when I requested he reduce his commission. Many said it was an ethics violation, many said it was not, and after close to 400 comments about it, I found my answer. Show More Summary

Seattleites: Disrupting Real Estate at General Assembly

For those in Seattle, there’s an event this week at General Assembly you may be interested in: Disrupting Real estate. When: Wednesday, 9 November — 6:30 – 8:30 pm PST Where: GA Seattle — 1218 Third Ave, 3rd Floor, Seattle, WA 98101Show More Summary

Why I use Pipedrive as my CRM

This post is not going to be an intensive Pipedrive review, and I am not going to mention any other CRMs that I tried that I had problems with. What I will go over is why I really like Pipedrive and have no plans to change to another CRM. Show More Summary

Meet the Real Estate Tech Entrepreneur: David Herrmann from Sun Number

In our latest real estate tech interview, I’m talking to David Hermann from Sun Number (which I recently covered), a company that analyzes solar potential for homes around the country, based in Denver. What do you do? We have developed an automated process that accurately and efficiently analyzes rooftop solar potential. Show More Summary

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