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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.

Meet the RE Tech Entrepreneur: Sasha Hryciuk from Loft47

by Drew Meyers on 9:32 am April 13, 2017

In our latest real estate tech entrepreneur interview, we’re speaking with Sasha Hryciuk from Loft47. Without further ado… What do you do? I’m the founder and CEO at Loft47. I lead a team that improves the back office for Real Estate brokerages. Our web based service enhances realtime operations and allows brokers and administrators to make better decisions. What problem does your product/service solve? There are a lot of people involved in a real estate transaction — buyers, sellers, agents, legal and escrow companies, loan … Read More »

The Broker / Startup Strategic Argument Against Standardized Feed Platforms

by Drew Meyers on 3:10 pm April 12, 2017

Upstream, Broker Portal, and MLS Data

There’s a number of arguments for the use of standardized MLS data feeds across many MLS’ by real estate brokerages and startups: Compliance is a pain in the ass. Legal is a pain in the ass. Every MLS feed contains different fields, which ends up being a pain in the ass. Fees differ by MLS. Another pain in the ass. Most engineers a brokerage/startup hire don’t know the nuances of MLS feeds. That means a big learning curve, which leads to an (expensive) pain in the ass. Feeds … Read More »

Meet the RE Tech Entrepreneur: Jack FitzGerald from Disrupt Property

by Drew Meyers on 9:06 am April 10, 2017

In our latest real estate tech entrepreneur interview, we’re speaking with Jack FitzGerald from Disrupt Property. Without further ado… What do you do? Disrupt Property is a global database of real estate tech start-ups organised according to asset class (residential, office and retail) and category. Start-ups are crowdsourced, then curated by a team in the real estate development industry. The site also includes research reports, resources and interviews with industry pioneers. What problem does your product/service solve? As developers, we are constantly thinking about the … Read More »

April Sponsor Showcase, Round 1

by Drew Meyers on 1:45 pm April 6, 2017

Thank you to our April 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 … Read More »

More on Chatbots

by Drew Meyers on 9:30 am

You likely know I’ve been thinking about bots recently. For those curious about the topic, I encourage to to read Inside chatbots’ year of growing pain: We’re at an inflection point on Marketing Land. Like I said, I do see potential for bots. I just think we’re early days. Would it be accurate to sum up where bots are today, by saying: Hey, I’m just a dumb bot. Or, is there something I’m missing?

My Favorite Topic – Trust

by Drew Meyers on 9:30 am April 5, 2017

Trust is the topic I think about more than any other. It’s the entire basis of Horizon. If we don’t solve trust in the context of home sharing and hospitality exchange, we fail. Seth Godin wrote on the topic recently, saying: The thing is, almost no one decides the answer to the trustworthy question based on the fine print, your policies, your positions on critical issues of national importance. We decide long, long before that. People watch what you do. They watch with the sound … Read More »

Meet the RE Tech Entrepreneur: Alex Lubinsky from Rentberry

by Drew Meyers on 4:40 pm April 4, 2017

In our latest real estate tech entrepreneur interview, we’re speaking with Alex Lubinsky from Rentberry. Rentberry is a competitive bidding platform for rentals, and were featured in the Wall Street Journal this weekend. Without further ado… What do you do? Rentberry is a platform designed to streamline rental application process for everyone involved and bring transparency to the industry as a whole. We achieve the following goals by offering online solutions to rental tasks, letting tenants see the demand for properties they like and make educated … Read More »

Revestor and Defensibility

by Drew Meyers on 10:48 am March 31, 2017

I came across an article titled This Real Estate Startup Is Exploiting Zillow And Airbnb’s Blind Spot on Forbes yesterday. It’s about Revestor. First, let’s get the obvious out of the way. The headline is misleading; they are not exploiting a blindspot. Revestor is a B2B play, targeted at real estate investors. Zillow and AirBnB are consumer brands. B2B and B2C are two very different beasts. The reality is Zillow could literally wipe Revestor’s business out in one day (they have all the data & better algorithms), though I’m … Read More »

Trestle – A Q&A with Kevin Greene

by Drew Meyers on 10:00 am March 30, 2017

I listened to Greg’s recent podcast with Kevin Greene at CoreLogic about Trestle. Even after writing about it, I had a few questions about Trestle. Instead of wonder, I decided to reach out to Kevin and see if he’d be willing to answer a few questions. He obliged. Without further ado… How is interest in Trestle’s offering playing out between brokerages, technology providers, and multiple listing organizations? Great! For each one it is solving different pain points. For a Broker it is being able to have easy … Read More »

Do Millennials Need Their Own Portal?

by Drew Meyers on 7:23 am

Another portal, targeted at millennials? Will that get adopted? It seems we’re about to find out with Zillow Group’s upcoming launch of RealEstate.com.

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