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Founder of Geek Estate Blog / Geek Estate Labs. Zillow Alum. Travel addict & co-founder of Horizon. Social entrepreneurship & microfinance advocate. Fan of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Kiva.

Meet the RE Tech Founder: Jordan Davidovit from Roomeze

by Drew Meyers on 11:00 pm September 20, 2017

In our latest real estate tech entrepreneur interview, we’re speaking with the co-founder of Roomeze, Jordan Davidovit. Without further ado… What do you do? Roomeze is changing the way people think about shared living by providing a worry-free, pre-vetted room(mate) search experience. Roomeze provides users with awesome rooms and like minded roommates, all while guiding them through the entire rental process. In doing so, we help landlords quickly fill these units and reduce vacancy rates. Roomeze is a vertically integrated solution, ranging from sourcing and optimizing … Read More »

Geek Estate Membership is Coming

by Drew Meyers on 9:30 am September 18, 2017

For those who have been reading a long, long time — you may remember there used to be a Geek Estate Pro portion of this website (see here and here). It was a members-only area of the site which included a forum, as well as premium content related to real estate blogging & marketing. I eventually shut it down as I got busy with Oh Hey World and Horizon. I’ve wanted to bring a premium version of Geek Estate back for a long time, and am … Read More »

Meet the RE Tech Founder: Tim Morton-Smith from Home Savi

by Drew Meyers on 9:30 am September 14, 2017

In our latest real estate tech entrepreneur interview, we’re speaking with the co-founder of Home Savi, Tim Morton-Smith. Without further ado… What do you do? I am the CEO and Co-Founder of Home Savi, a real estate tech startup that gives homebuyers the online tools to represent themselves in the purchase of a home and save the commission that would have otherwise gone to their buyer’s agent. What problem does your product/service solve? Over 50% of homebuyers now find the home they end up purchasing online before … Read More »

Zillow Group Acquires New Home Feed, and a Quick Update on Syndication

by Drew Meyers on 9:30 am September 13, 2017

You may have seen the news that Zillow Group acquired New Home Feed, which does syndication for new construction. Makes strategic sense for Zillow Group to get a bigger foothold in new construction syndication. Listing Syndication Landscape Update You may remember my prediction on the listing syndication landscape I wrote in 2015. Since then, Zillow Group has bought Bridge Interactive. They’ve combined it with Retsly. Bridge partnered with Black Knight. Realtor.com has done…nothing? What is the next move, and who is making it?

MIPIM PropTech Summit Agenda in NYC

by Drew Meyers on 11:46 am September 12, 2017

NYC Real Estate Tech Week 2017 is happening in October. All the details are here. The MIPIM PropTech Summit on October 11th is a big part of that. Here’s the agenda: 07:00 – 08:00 (Forum B) CEO breakfast – By invitation 07:00 – 08:00 (The Gallery) Welcome coffee 08:00 – 08:30 (Forum A) Opening keynote speaker – The evolution of PropTech and FinTech Al Goldstein (CEO – Avant Inc) 08:30 – 09:15 (Forum A) Top owners & developers: innovation & PropTech Guy Bradley (Chief Executive – Swire … Read More »

If You Combine Pinterest, Zillow, and LinkedIn, You Get…

by Drew Meyers on 2:19 pm September 11, 2017

Idealestate? IDEALESTATE MAKES DISCOVERING YOUR NEXT HOME A DREAM IdeatEstate combines the best parts of Pinterest, Zillow, and LinkedIn, to create a better way for you to discover amazing homes, and meet the professionals who can help you take the next step. From a consumer perspective, I have zero idea what any of that means or what problem the product solves. Even from an “industry tech insider with 10+ years of experience”, I’m unclear on what the product is going to do for a buyer/seller/home owner/agent. I searched … Read More »

September Sponsor Showcase, Round 1

by Drew Meyers on 11:44 am September 7, 2017

Thank you to our September sponsors… TurboTenant helps independent landlords improve the investment performance of their properties by offering them access to online tools, previously only available to large property management companies. More than 40,000 landlords across the U.S. turn to TurboTenant for free, online solutions for landlording. Features offered by TurboTenant include online rental applications, tenant credit and background reports, property listings and automated marketing, and online rent payments. All of TurboTenant’s features focus on helping landlords manage smarter, faster, and more effectively. Learn More … Read More »

The “Amazon” Real Estate Agent

by Drew Meyers on 9:00 am

Those of you in Seattle may have seen the article in the Seattle Times last weekend. Amazon occupies 19% of the prime commercial real estate in the entire city. They are hiring 400 people a week. That pace is simply mind blowing to think about. This city really is becoming Amazonville — and they are planning a HQ2 somewhere else. Maybe they will become a real estate portal. There is seemingly no industry they don’t want to conquer. Hell, they are even becoming a bank. Forget the … Read More »

Will AI Ruin Online Reviews Forever?

by Drew Meyers on 3:37 pm September 6, 2017

I’ve long been a skeptic of reviews because I know the reality: anyone with a bit of money or time/know-how can game reviews. Have a read through my article about whether people trust reviews from 2015 for more background on the topic. Fast forward 2 years. There is recent news that AI can now create reviews that neither computers nor humans can distinguish from legitimate reviews. If any AI bot can populate reviews automatically at massive scale and not get caught by argue-ably the site … Read More »

Meet the Real Estate Tech Founder: Andrew Gowasack from Trust Stamp

by Drew Meyers on 2:42 pm

In our latest real estate tech entrepreneur interview, we’re speaking with the founder of Trust Stamp, Andrew Gowasack. Without further ado… What do you do? Trust Stamp is a leading-edge technology company that develops and deploys proprietary artificial intelligence solutions to authenticate trusted identities. As a Second Century Ventures® portfolio company, we made a long-term commitment to developing innovative solutions to promote Realtor® safety and success. In under two minutes and for less than a cup of coffee, our Realty tool establishes the identity and … Read More »

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