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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.

Crowdfunding Real Estate Projects Around the Globe

by Drew Meyers on 9:30 am March 7, 2017

Curbed ran a piece on crowdfunding real estate last week that’s worth a read (for those interested in crowdfunding & investing in real estate). One excerpt I took notice of: Wall Street funds have also played a role in its three other New York projects, slated to open later this year. They’re part of what Prodigy Network is calling “The Assemblage,” coworking and co-living facilities geared toward what slick marketing materials refer to as “a community of individuals who believe the world is at the verge … Read More »

Whereby.Us & Sponsoring Neighborhood Guides

by Drew Meyers on 11:14 am March 6, 2017

Whereby.us is a creative agency for local. They are behind two local publications, The New Tropic in Miami, and The Everygrey in Seattle (which I subscribe to). Today I noticed the New Tropic has a section of neighborhood guides, sponsored by Lyft. As one example, take a look at the Little Haiti guide: Lyft (which I use regularly & am long on) certainly has an interest in reaching locals. Obviously, it goes without saying real estate agents, brokers, and franchises also have a vested interest in … Read More »

4 Ways to Make a City More Walkable

by Drew Meyers on 10:00 am

I think it’s inevitable many cities will become more walkable than they are today. Here’s a Ted talk by Jeff Speck I watched this weekend that will give you some ideas on how that’s being done…

Meet the RE Tech Entrepreneur: Grant Findlay-Shirras from Parkbench

by Drew Meyers on 6:17 pm March 5, 2017

In our latest real estate tech interview, we’re talking with Grant Findlay-Shirras from Parkbench. Based in Toronto, Parkbench is neighborhood news platform. I met Grant in New York and had a chance to talk through their product and business model a bit. Having worked at Zillow, launched local market explorer, built a “cliff notes version of TripAdvisor” product called welcome kits, and consulted for StreetAdvisor for a year — the hyper local space is one I know well, though I’ll save my own thoughts for a future post. Without further … Read More »

mHUBChicago: A Chicago Innovation Hub

by Drew Meyers on 10:00 am March 4, 2017

I wrote about the possibility of real estate brokers investing in innovation centers a few months ago. mHub is a brand new innovation center for physical products just opened in Chicago. It’s official! Physical product #innovation center @mhubchicago officially opens its doors #GomHUBChicagopic.twitter.com/FiU4bUbDC1 — WorldBusinessChicago (@WorldBizChicago) March 2, 2017 [via Todd Carpenter] It’s clear this innovation labs trend is happening with, or without, the real estate industry.

MetaProp NYC Demo: Enertiv

by Drew Meyers on 10:00 am March 3, 2017

For the commercial property managers/investors reading, you may be interested in watching Enertiv‘s MetaProp NYC demo day presentation. They monitor and report on energy usage in real time in the commercial, multifamily and industrial space. (for those receiving this via email, the video is here)

Location Intelligence. Pilgrim SDK, by Foursquare

by Drew Meyers on 11:09 pm March 2, 2017

We all know real estate is about location, location, location. Did I mention location? There’s a new set of location intelligence development tools available from Foursquare, which released their Pilgrim SDK this week (which they refer to as a contextual awareness engine). More information can be found here. Any developers investigated the SDK yet? What, if any, real estate uses can you think of? Notifying people of nearby open houses in urban areas?

VR Eye Candy

by Drew Meyers on 3:25 pm

Videos like this (from Evara VR) get me more excited about the future of virtual reality… That said, we’re still extremely early days when it comes to VR/AI/bots.

Meet the RE Tech Entrepreneur: Bud Hovell from SyndaFeed

by Drew Meyers on 9:23 am February 28, 2017

In our latest real estate tech interview, we’re talking with Bud Hovell from SyndaFeed. I first spoke with Bud back in while Zillow was first setting up our feeds program for brokerages. I published this post in September of 2007, and SyndaFeed is one of the syndication companies listed — meaning they’ve been around for about a decade. Without further ado… What do you do? We provide dedicated syndication services tailored to brokers competing in higher-end real estate markets where on-line marketing precision and reliability matter most. This service … Read More »

Making Home Ownership More Accessible, and More on Partial Home Ownership

by Drew Meyers on 7:00 am February 24, 2017

You may know I’m fascinated by the topic of partial equity home ownership. I got to thinking about the topic again the other day after listening to the Real Estate — Ownership, Asset, Economy a16z podcast. (via Greg Fischer). A few random, unorganized thoughts… Where’s the fascination come from? Partial home ownership has the possibility of placing more people into homes — at (relatively) affordable prices. Monthly payments are of course not the barrier to home ownership; it’s the down payment. Splitting up equity and making small percentages both … Read More »

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