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    Why Brokers Support The Broker Portal

    by Merle Whitehead on February 13, 2017

    Background For the past two years, it has been my distinguished honor to serve the industry in the development of the Broker Public Portal. Today, I serve as the company’s Chairman, and am one of the representatives of the Large Broker class of the Board of Managers. Background about the Broker Public Portal MLS consumer websites have been around forever in real estate. There has been a long discussion between brokerage firms and MLSs about the nature of competition between those consumer sites and the … Read More »

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Making Home Ownership More Accessible, and More on Partial Home Ownership

Posted on by Drew Meyers

You may know I’m fascinated by the topic of partial equity home ownership. I got to thinking about the topic again the other day after listening to the Real Estate — Ownership, Asset, Economy a16z podcast. (via Greg Fischer). A few random, unorganized thoughts… Where’s the fascination come from? Partial home ownership has the possibility of placing more people into homes — at (relatively) affordable prices. Monthly payments are of course not the barrier to home ownership; it’s the down payment. Splitting up equity and making small percentages both … Read More »

Meet the RE Tech Entrepreneur: Vinny LaBarbera from imFORZA

Posted on by Drew Meyers

In our latest real estate tech interview, we’re talking with Vinny LaBarbera from  imFORZA. Based in Los Angeles, imFORZA has been doing websites and internet marketing in the real estate industry for over a decade. If memory serves me correctly, I first spoke with him back in 2007 or 2008 when I was doing business development for Zillow. What do you do? I am the Founder / CEO of imFORZA. imFORZA is a full service Internet marketing agency that specializes in WordPress design and development coupled … Read More »

Building Community in Apartment Buildings

Posted on by Drew Meyers

Given my own passion for community building, it’s probably no surprise I love everything about this mornings Evergrey newsletter (& blog post): People talk about how there’s no sense of community in their [apartment] buildings,” Stephanie said. “Not in the buildings I manage.” … Some years ago Stephanie saw a woman sitting by herself at a barbecue. She started talking to her, then invited her out to dinner with friends. Now the woman, who had just moved here from Chicago, is one of Stephanie’s closest friends. The … Read More »

MetaProp NYC Demo: hOM

Posted on by Drew Meyers

hOM was part of MetaProp’s latest class, and Francesca Loftus (who I met at Inman in January) recently presented at the 2017 demo day. hOM partners with residential landlords to deliver group fitness classes in under-utilized space — in order to increase retention (reduce tenant turnover). (for those receiving this via email, the video is here)

Meet The RE Tech Entrepreneur: Jay Maharaj from ClientLinkt

Posted on by Michael Price

Jay maharaj

In our latest real estate tech interview, we’re talking with the CEO of ClientLinkt, Jay Maharaj. What do You Do? I’m the co-founder and CEO at ClientLinkt. We build branded smartphone apps for real estate agents & offices to stay connected with clients and showcase their expertise – even after the sale. Agents create a curated list of recommended vendors & local businesses to share via the app – and can also send market updates and home maintenance tips via push notifications. Being a small company, my … Read More »

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