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Founder of Geek Estate Blog. Zillow Alum. Travel addict & co-founder of Horizon. Product & Marketing for 360modern. Social entrepreneurship & microfinance advocate. Fan of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Kiva.

Placester and Free Websites for all Realtors

by Drew Meyers on 9:30 am May 26, 2017

I wrote about Placester in 2014. At the time, they were charging Realtors $5 a month to compete with Zillow’s $10 a month websites. Now, if you’re a Realtor, you can get a FREE website from Placester. The news came out a week ago, so it’s not really news anymore. Greg beat me to saying this. Websites really are a race to the bottom. There are three categories of websites: Template (less than $100, or free) Semi-custom (between a few hundred and a few thousand dollars) Full … Read More »

Walt Mossberg’s Last Column – The Disappearing Computer

by Drew Meyers on 7:35 pm May 25, 2017

Walt Mossberg is probably the most famous tech columnist to ever put pen to paper, or, more accurately, words to a screen. I have to admit, I’m not a religious follower of his writing. The first time I ever heard of Walt was in 2006, when he wrote a piece on the launch of Zillow (where I worked at the time). Back then, I had no idea what it meant for a startup to get a column by Walt Mossberg on launch day. 11 years later, … Read More »

May Sponsor Showcase, Round 2

by Drew Meyers on 2:46 pm

Thank you to our May sponsors… Remzy connects brokers and agents with off market homeowners. It’s time agents addressed the inventory supply problem and created a reliable and credible way to reach out to an off market homeowners. Remzy sends your offer or inquiry via FedEx and provides online and offline ways for the homeowner to contact you. Learn More HomeStack specializes in creating and servicing mobile apps for the California Real Estate Market. With 4,000+ mobile apps built to date, they are the leading personalized real … Read More »

Blockstack and Real Estate

by Drew Meyers on 9:13 pm May 24, 2017

It’s not secret real estate is one of the first adopters of many technologies. For the early adopters, there’s a new technology you should start thinking about. The Blockstack: Blockstack is a new decentralized internet where users own their data and apps run locally. A browser portal is all that’s needed to get started. Many tech founders reading here probably already read AVC, which is where I heard about it. The fact that Union Square Ventures invested in Blockstack is a pretty good indicator they … Read More »

Meet the RE Entrepreneurs: Ben Rubenstein and Michael Lam from Opcity

by Drew Meyers on 9:30 am May 23, 2017

In our latest real estate tech entrepreneur interview, we’re speaking with the co-founders of Opcity, Ben Rubenstein and Michael Lam. They are based in Austin and recently raised $27 million in funding. Without further ado… What do you do? Ben: I am the CEO of Opcity. My function is to set the company vision, culture and drive us forward. I spend a lot of my time strategizing and preparing for the future, interviewing and hiring top talent, and ensuing that we execute on our plan. … Read More »

Zillow Instant Offers…Finally

by Drew Meyers on 4:24 pm May 22, 2017

It’s no secret inventory is a problem in many real estate markets across the country (my own backyard, Seattle, certainly falls in that list). That begs the question, how do you open up more inventory for purchase? I’ve long been a fan of the Make Me Move, and the prospect of connecting buyers and seller directly. I know virtually every home is available to buy, for the right price. I was always a fan of what Bryan was working on with Everyhome. Remzy (current Geek … Read More »

NAR Doubling Down on Upstream. Why?

by Drew Meyers on 11:01 am

NAR is putting another $9 into Upstream. There was a comment thread in Inman’s Facebook group this weekend discussing the news and strategy behind it. I must admit, I still don’t really get it — at least not to the tune of $9 million in backing. Couldn’t existing MLS vendors such as Flex or Rapattoni, or even Bridge Interactive Group, tackle this issue at a much, much more affordable price point — and in a fraction of the time? Those with more knowledge than me, would love to … Read More »

Facebook in 2017

by Drew Meyers on 9:46 pm May 21, 2017

It’s been quite some time since I’ve written about Facebook, so wanted to touch on my thoughts on the platform in 2017 as I see it. John Battelle recently wrote a piece worth reading. You can do that here. I envy those who avoid Facebook. Why? Because FB does such a masterful job wasting my time. Lately, I seem to be falling into the trap of Facebook addiction. Open it, expect something new/cool/relevant. Scroll. Be disappointed. Open it again 10 minutes later. Why? In truth, I don’t know. … Read More »

Cozy Pay = Brilliant

by Drew Meyers on 1:04 pm May 19, 2017

Cozy (previous coverage) released Cozy Pay… How it works: Set up your monthly payments No more worrying about how to get your rent to your landlord every month. Just connect your checking account and tell us where your payment should go. We’ll take care of paying your landlord Once you’re set up, your landlord can sign up to receive your rent easily via an electronic deposit. Otherwise, we’ll mail your landlord a check drawn against your checking account. We’ll keep you in the loop Every month, we’ll send … Read More »

Meet the RE Tech Entrepreneur: Brian Balduf from VHT Studios

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

In our latest real estate tech entrepreneur interview, we’re speaking with the co-founder and CEO from VHT Studios, Brian Bulduf. Without further ado… What do you do? VHT Studios is the nation’s largest real estate photography and visual marketing company. I am the CEO and Co-Founder of VHT Studios and we launched the company in 1998. VHT Studios has become the nation’s premier full-service real estate photography, visual marketing services and image management company. We have served more than 200,000 real estate professionals in all major markets. What problem does … Read More »

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