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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.

10 Min Realty & Instant Showings

by Drew Meyers on 1:39 pm February 9, 2017

I came across 10 min realty this morning. Request a showing, instantly. Sounds like another CurbCall. The big questions: How will buyers hear about the app? How do you get enough liquidity of agents in a given area to deliver showings in real time? What type of agents will agree to be on-call? I’d love thoughts from the 10 min realty team on the discussion here.

Meet the RE Tech Entrepreneur — Bobby Bryant from DOSS

by Drew Meyers on 6:00 am February 8, 2017

In our latest real estate tech interview, we’re talking with the CEO of DOSS, Bobby Bryant. Based in Houston, DOSS is working on a voice powered real estate search experience. I met him in New York a few weeks ago, and it’s clear his passion for his work is unwavering. 1) What do you do? I’m the CEO/Founder of DOSS. As of recent, I was for several years a Texas Real Estate Broker. I now oversee the direction and vision of DOSS. 2) Why do you do what … Read More »

FlyHomes – A Lifestyle Brokerage for Millenial Travelers

by Drew Meyers on 9:51 am February 6, 2017

I met with one of the founders of FlyHomes, Stephen Lane, a month or so ago at Impact Hub. On the surface, FlyHomes is a real estate brokerage for millennial travelers. In the background, it’s a discount model — but instead of giving the consumer cash back, the money is spent on rewards (Alaska miles, Lyft rides, etc). That largely removes the consumer perception of inferior real estate service, because they are not branding a discounted rate / rebates. Their lifestyle focus — branding themselves to a specific … Read More »

Sunday Fun: Meet the Giveback Homes Intern

by Drew Meyers on 10:00 am February 5, 2017

Everyone knows I’m a supporter of Giveback Homes, so here’s a video on Super Bowl Sunday for your viewing pleasure…

Is Your Technology Hijacking Attention, or Improving Humanity?

by Drew Meyers on 9:30 am February 4, 2017

I listened to the RECODE podcast with Tristan Harris this week while I was working late. Super fascinating discussion. Formerly a Design Ethicist at Google, he’s now working on Time Well Spent: Time Well Spent is a movement to align technology with our humanity. Today apps and media compete in a race to grab our attention. Join a movement to: Live better with more empowering settings for our media and devices. Change incentives so media competes to improve our lives, not get eyeballs. Invent new interfaces that help … Read More »

GoldenKey Raises $1.75 million

by Drew Meyers on 9:30 am February 3, 2017

GoldenKey recently raised $1.75 million (TechCrunch). What’s the model? Instead of a commission, you pay an agent a flat fee for the services you need and get a 3 percent rebate when you buy or sell a home with the help of one of the company’s partner agents (though some states like Oregon don’t allow for this rebate). That may not sound like a crazy idea, but in the rather conservative real estate world, that’s akin to a revolution. Here’s a video pitch: The no … Read More »

More on MLS Networks

by Drew Meyers on 10:30 am February 2, 2017

Public MLS Statistics

I wanted to continue the discussion/dialogue about MLS networks… First, this weekend I listened to the Listing Bits Podcast episode with Michael Wurzer which touches on the staying power of the MLS. Greg Robertson and Michael both have years of MLS technology, and discuss the future of the industry (among other things). Second, Michael wrote a response to my last MLS post titled Creating MLS Networks. I definitely agree with Drew that cooperation exists independent of any particular technology, but Drew goes on to presume that … Read More »

Cloud Attract for Those you Want to Generate Your Own Leads

by Drew Meyers on 10:53 am February 1, 2017

Some of you may have heard that the W&R Studios team put out another product at Inman. Cloud Attract. Attract buyers and sellers with beautiful landing pages that automatically respond with a home valuation, CMA, or listing alerts. A demo video:   Love the simplicity of what I see. I view it as an extremely smart product investment as a complimentary offering to their existing suite of products. The next step — Pay per Click on top of these landing pages. Are there any individual freelancers … Read More »

A Reply: MLS Cooperation Creates Value for All Brokers, Not Just One

by Drew Meyers on 3:57 pm January 30, 2017

Public MLS Statistics

The future of MLS’ has been a hot topic recently, and was discussed at Inman Connect. Michael Wurzer from FlexMLS (a MLS software vendor) wrote a response titled “MLS Cooperation Creates Value for All Brokers, Not Just One” to Rob and I (and others). I’ll repost it here for your reading pleasure, and offer a few thoughts afterward. I attended the Inman Connect Conference in New York City last week, where there was yet another panel posing the so-tired question, “Is the MLS Doomed?” I’m not going to … Read More »

OfferPad

by Drew Meyers on 10:38 am

Some of you may have heard about an Opendoor competitor that recently raised $260 million in financing (equity + debt). Offerpad. They are smaller than Opendoor: Revenues to date – which come from an average 9% fee that includes 6% that’s equivalent to the typical real estate brokerage commission and a risk-based fee that ranges from 1% to 7% – are in the neighborhood of $20 million. How many other similar models will emerge in the coming 12-18 months? I’m betting it’ll be more than a few. Keep … Read More »

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