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    Seattle in Progress — and an Agent/Broker/Franchise Opportunity

    by Drew Meyers on January 13, 2017

    I found Seattle in Progress (a web app by Ethan Phelps-Goodman) this morning in the Evergrey newsletter…it helps you figure out what’s being built in the city of Seattle. Guess what I did when I found it? I immediately sent it to my friend who lives a few blocks from me. Both he and his wife thought it was a cool and valuable (that’s the key part) website even though they are not buying or selling. I also sent it to my sister and brother-in-law, both of who … Read More »

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Homesnap + Broker Public Portal

Posted on by Drew Meyers

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I saw the news that Homesnap and Broker Public Portal formed an equally owned joint venture. (click here for prior writing on Broker Public Portal) A few things… First, I’m still unclear EXACTLY what the goal of Broker Public Portal is? Second, is the new joint venture a FOR PROFIT initiative? Third, I ask again — why exactly will a consumer care about BPP/Homesnap? Fourth, consider the following: “HAR.com and a number of other MLSs have been able to capture a reasonable share of voice in online consumer … Read More »

HouseCanary – A Big Attempt in the AVM (Data) Space

Posted on by Drew Meyers

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I saw this morning that HouseCanary raised a $33 million Series A. There have been a number of AVM attempts over the past decade. When I look at HouseCanary’s home page, they are much more CoreLogic, Onboard Informatics, or Home Junction than they are Zillow. Which surprised me. Why raise $33 million for a B2B data sales business model? I don’t get it. I’m assuming there must be a much grander vision pitched to investors than is indicated on their website.

Seattle in Progress — and an Agent/Broker/Franchise Opportunity

Posted on by Drew Meyers

seattle in progress

I found Seattle in Progress (a web app by Ethan Phelps-Goodman) this morning in the Evergrey newsletter…it helps you figure out what’s being built in the city of Seattle. Guess what I did when I found it? I immediately sent it to my friend who lives a few blocks from me. Both he and his wife thought it was a cool and valuable (that’s the key part) website even though they are not buying or selling. I also sent it to my sister and brother-in-law, both of who … Read More »

Bright MLS, and a new Era of MLS

Posted on by Drew Meyers

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Bright MLS launched their new website… Greg’s right, it’s audacious. I like it. There’s no sense batting for a single when a home run is possible. There’s one section I question in their Our Story section: We want to empower everyone to get more out of the MLS. We want brokers to access better business and recruiting insights. We want agents and appraisers to have first access to more data. And we want to give them better tools for doing so. We want consumers to … Read More »

The Pitch, and an Example of Great Writing

Posted on by Drew Meyers

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Every entrepreneur has to pitch their business from time to time. Every real estate agent/broker has to pitch themselves from time to time (their business is themselves). Since you’re likely an entrepreneur or agent/broker reading this blog — there’s zero doubt you should read Marc Davison’s latest post, Pitch Perfect. In it, he references a Ron Popeil video filmed in 1956: Now, go read the post, and practice your pitch. PS 1: It’s posts like this which make it so obvious why I mentioned Marc in this list in 2010. PS … Read More »

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