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    Giveback Homes, Turning Agents & Clients into Humanitarians

    by Caroline Pinal on December 1, 2014

    There is a fast-growing demand for socially responsible products and services that offer some sort of “give” or way to help someone in need, and research shows consumers not only want them, but they are willing to seek them out and pay more for them. For example, TOMS, the for-profit business that pioneered the one-for-one model. For every pair of shoes they sell, they give a pair to a child in need. A simple concept that has taken the world by storm, provided millions of shoes to … Read More »

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The Real Estate Tech Growth Continues. $70.9M for Redfin

Posted on by Drew Meyers

redfin

Just in time for the holiday season, Redfin completed a $70.9 million round.

Real Estate Webmasters – My Experience

Posted on by David Feldberg

When I was thinking of what would be helpful to readers of geek estate I came across Sam’s article about ReelGeeks and I thought why not tell everyone my recent experience with Real Estate Webmasters (REW).  I will preface this with I finally brought my site live last week and I have no vested interest in the company, nor will I receive anything for this, I’m simply sharing my experience. A little background to start.  I have had my site up for a few years … Read More »

How to Source Sales Data in Countries where Agents are Very Secretive about Transactions?

Posted on by Drew Meyers

To build a real estate portal, the standard strategy is collect lots of listing data. Or you could try the “AVM abroad” strategy (Zillow for country X). I’ve written about data sources before (MLS listing data, public property data, and other free datasets). Unfortunately, virtually no country in the world has the required sales data publicly accessible to base an AVM on. Why? Agents don’t want to share it, because buyers want it, and agents want buyers to ask them about it rather than look it up for free online. Pretty simple. Which begets the … Read More »

RealGeeks Websites, and the Secret Sauce (a totally biased review)

Posted on by Sam DeBord

Real Geeks websites

I get a bunch of calls and emails every week asking for information about the RealGeeks website system we use.  I’m happy to discuss it, but I figured if I just wrote a review of our experience, it might save me a little bit of time in the future. To be clear, RealGeeks doesn’t pay me, give me a discount, or any other benefits for writing about their product or sending them referrals.  I’ll give you the highlights because we wouldn’t stick with the product if … Read More »

Placester and $5 Websites: Seth Price Responds To Your Questions

Posted on by Sam DeBord

Seth Price - Placester

We’ve had a lot of discussion in the GeekEstate community about Placester’s recent deal with NAR to provide IDX-fed websites to Realtors for $5/mo. I asked Seth Price, VP of Marketing at Placester, to answer a few of your questions.  We speak fairly frankly on this blog, so I tried to get to the meat of the critics’ concerns as quickly as possible. $5/mo websites are attractive to agents, but many wonder if prices will go up later, advertising will be added, etc. There seems … Read More »

Hacker News for Commercial Real Estate

Posted on by Drew Meyers

I’m sure many of you read about the Hacker News for real estate idea. Duke Long has executed on it, for the commercial real estate (CRE) space. For those interested in the commercial side of the industry, take a look here: http://cre.buzz/

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