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    Re-Investigating the Lifestyle Search Opportunity

    by Drew Meyers on August 25, 2015

    Onboard Informatics launched their lifestyle search API 7 years ago. SpatialMatch is the other one that comes to mind (purchased by HomeJunction I believe). I got to talking about lifestyle search with someone last night. It makes sense conceptually to search the type of lifestyle you’re looking for, and houses in one go. Same as it makes sense to search for travel destinations and hotel/flight listings at the same time. But neither of those scenarios happen regularly. None of the big portals (in either vertical) … Read More »

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Yeloha: Solar for Everyone (via Sharing)

Posted on by Drew Meyers

Yeloha was on Product Hunt yesterday (see here). It’s a way to share solar power among neighbors. I don’t know about you, but I’d say the host benefits are a pretty compelling sell. What do you think? Would you rent solar power from a neighbor? Would you rent to your neighbor? Is it cool enough to tell any of your past clients (now home owners) about Yeloha?

Dollar Value of Listing Inventory, by Brokerage?

Posted on by Drew Meyers

@gregofisch @drewmeyers Sure just a ballpark here. What is the dollar value of stuff currently associated with each brokerage. — Gahlord Dewald (@gahlord) August 27, 2015 Does anyone check this statistic weekly, or even monthly, as a way to keep tabs on your competitors? Anyone happen to have this for the Seattle market…I’m curious

Re-Investigating the Lifestyle Search Opportunity

Posted on by Drew Meyers

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Onboard Informatics launched their lifestyle search API 7 years ago. SpatialMatch is the other one that comes to mind (purchased by HomeJunction I believe). I got to talking about lifestyle search with someone last night. It makes sense conceptually to search the type of lifestyle you’re looking for, and houses in one go. Same as it makes sense to search for travel destinations and hotel/flight listings at the same time. But neither of those scenarios happen regularly. None of the big portals (in either vertical) … Read More »

Reviews/Ratings. Do You Trust Them?

Posted on by Drew Meyers

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Pretty much everything is reviewed online now. Apartments. Restaurants. AirBnB hosts (& travelers). Hotels. Contractors. Books. Lyft drivers (and riders). Couchsurfers. Real estate agents. Etc. I saw an ad on TV last night for Apartments.com. The message was “rate your apartment on Apartments.com”. We’ve been thinking, and talking, about putting reviews on Horizon for over 6 months. We had a discussion about the topic again on Friday, with a friend (from the real estate industry coincidentally). Thus, I thought I’d put a few thoughts out there and see if people … Read More »

A Few Thoughts on Upstream

Posted on by Drew Meyers

I’m somewhat surprised I haven’t written anything about Project Upstream yet (though Bryn has). Rob has written about the topic numerous times recently (see here and here) which got me thinking about broker listing data, and the future of the MLS. I actually mostly agree with Rob’s vision and thinking of a modular system where brokers control their listing data, and can easily grant access (or revoke it) to any vendor/partner. That said, I’m not sure the path to get there, since the only way that world exists if … Read More »

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