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    My Best Guess at OpenDoor’s Strategy to Buy and Sell Homes Online

    by Drew Meyers on July 9, 2014

    There’s been much talk and hype about the latest entrant in real estate OpenDoor, which just closed $9.5 million. While they have publicly stated they aim to enable home owners to sell their home online in 3 days. They have not publicly said how they plan to deliver on that. My guess? Nope, it won’t be with some crazy AVM magic. This is a marketplace play. A sort of Zillow Mortgage Marketplace, but for homes instead of mortgages. The use case will be home owners come … Read More »

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Meet the Real Estate Tech Entrepreneur: Bill Burnett

Posted on by Drew Meyers

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In our latest real estate tech interview, I’m talking to Bill Burnett, founder of PointDrive. Without further adieu, here’s a bit more from his own mouth… What do you do? I’m founder and CEO of PointDrive, a sales presentation tool that helps real estate professionals, among others, present information to their prospects and clients in a smarter, more polished way that, in turn, delivers engagement insights and analytics. Why do You Do What you Do? Throughout my career as a sales professional and business owner, … Read More »

Matterport – 3D is Here

Posted on by Drew Meyers

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I first heard about Matterport quite some time ago, likely from a random blog post or tweet. Then Seth (Curb Call) recently told me about it after witnessing the technology first hand at Realogy FWD. But I still hadn’t taken a close look to truly understand how their technology worked. On Wednesday, I got a brief demo at Inman Connect. And, let me tell you, it’s damn impressive. A advanced camera is placed in the room, click a button and it scans 360 degress, move the camera … Read More »

2014 Map Search IDX Roundup & Review

Posted on by Mike McGee

Mapping IDX

I mentioned in a previous post that I intended to do a video review of several IDX products with a primary focus on their map search capabilities. This turned out to be a much longer project than I had expected, hence the delay, but I’ve finally got it done. Before jumping into the video, I want to touch on why I wanted to do this. In the introduction to the video, I discuss why I think map search is still relevant.  Indeed, I think it’s … Read More »

Zillow & Retsly

Posted on by Drew Meyers

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One of the bigger news announcements at Inman Connect was Zillow’s acquisition of Retsly. I’ve been familiar with Retsly for quite some time, mostly since Eric Stegemann was an advisor / investor and Seth Siegler used it for Curb Call (both are friends). Of course, the need for a better way for developers to integrate MLS/IDX data has been a VERY real challenge for a long time (Brian wrote about this in 2011). Retsly has been working on solving that problem for a year plus. If Zillow wanted a … Read More »

New Kids on the Block – Give Back Homes

Posted on by Drew Meyers

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On Wednesday, the day before I took off for Santiago for Start-up Chile, I had the chance to meet Blake Andrews (& Caroline and Tricia) from Give Back Homes in person in San Francisco. I’ve gotten to know him over the past several months via phone and text conversations (after being introduced by Audie), and he’d already won me over. After spending some time in person, I can tell for certain Blake is the real deal. He was on the main stage of Inman Connect Thursday morning … Read More »

Five “Calls to Action” That Can Compliment the “Home Search” Function on a Website

Posted on by Troy Schuricht

One of the most important aspects of a realtor’s website will always be the call to action. Typically paired up with the “Home Search” function on the same site, the call to action is designed to come at a pivotal moment in the sales funnel in a manner that can help guide potential customers in the appropriate direction. Just saying “Click here to find out more” or some variation, however, isn’t enough to make a long lasting impact. There are a variety of different call … Read More »

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Tech is a tool. Like a hammer. You can use it to build a birdhouse. Or you can use it to build a castle. The choice belongs to the user.
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