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

    by Sam DeBord on July 23, 2015

    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. I was also a big user of Zillow in the early years, contributing to thousands of posts, discussions, photos, etc. There are plenty of really good … Read More »

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What Would Happen If the Industry Yanked All Their Listings?

Posted on by Drew Meyers

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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”. So, what would happen if the industry as a whole stopped syndicating listings? In short, absolutely nothing when it comes to the cost to acquire/reach buyer and seller leads/clients. If buyers went to Zillow, and realized not all listings were represented – they would turn … Read More »

Example Results When Agents Try to Build Portals

Posted on by Drew Meyers

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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 against market leaders in other countries. I found this article on Property Portal Watch by Simon Baker about agent-built portals Squiiz (Australia) and OntheMarket (UK). Simon also wrote a part 2 with more analysis. Squiiz in Australia (can anyone spell this?): OnTheMarket in the UK: On the surface, OnTheMarket seems like … Read More »

3 Days Left to Apply for YC Fellowship

Posted on by Drew Meyers

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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. Fellows need an idea or a prototype and the ability to work on this full-time for 8 weeks. We expect that most teams will apply with 2-3 co-founders, but as always we’ll consider solo founders too. This program is meant for founders who … Read More »

The Nitty Gritty of Fundraising for Startups

Posted on by Drew Meyers

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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. AirBnB (and Uber) are the darling childs of the tech startup investing community, but AirBnB – now valued at over $25 billion – had a lot of trouble raising an early round. Brian Chesky (co-founder & CEO) shared the story … Read More »

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

Posted on by Sam DeBord

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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. I was also a big user of Zillow in the early years, contributing to thousands of posts, discussions, photos, etc. There are plenty of really good … Read More »

BPP Selects 1000Watt

Posted on by Drew Meyers

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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. I don’t see a way to differentiate the product, or a sustainable way to generate organic traffic (short of the whole industry ceasing to send listings to Zillow, which I don’t see happening). But honestly, what do … Read More »

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