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Rezi, and iRenters

by Drew Meyers on 10:30 am October 28, 2017

I saw Rezi pitch at the NYC Real Estate Tech meetup a couple weeks ago. If you look at their home page, you’ll see their value proposition is as follows: Rezi is the rental equivalent of Opendoor. Cash is delivered almost instantly. Landlords are paying for peace of mind, security, and speed. It begs the question — are “iRenters” the future of the rental industry?

The Geek Estate Community. What Exactly is It?

by Drew Meyers on 9:15 am October 27, 2017

I’ve been asked a few times what members can expect from the new private community of creatives/innovators making real estate, financial independence, & home ownership more accessible using technology. You can read about the vision here. The focus of the community is two fold: Curate the most incredible and diverse membership of the real estate creatives, doers, and creators in the world. Make our members wildly successful in their careers building real estate companies. In terms of logistics, what can community members expect? Forum: Membership includes membership … Read More »

Wired Score Funding and Podcast (and a Few Thoughts)

by Drew Meyers on 11:40 am October 26, 2017

I listened to the Fifth Wall podcast with WiredScore founder Arie Barendrecht yesterday morning on my walk to Impact Hub. It’s worth a listen, particularly to those interested in commercial real estate tech. I hadn’t heard of Wired Score before, which is a little surprising but they do operate on the commercial side of the massive industry we play in (which is not my specialty). The core model is a certification for landlords to “understand, improve, and promote their buildings’ digital infrastructure.” There is certainly clear value to connectivity … Read More »

Nextdoor and ListHub / Realtor.com

by Drew Meyers on 11:00 am

While looking at Nextdoor this evening, I noticed a couple things as it relates to real estate listings… They are syndicating listings from ListHub They struck a deal with Realtor.com for the “see more nearby listings” upsell (seen in the screen shot below) Especially since the Move/Realtor.com is showing up in Seattle where Zillow is headquartered, I have a hunch Zillow’s biz dev team will notice. Think Nextdoor is using this as leverage to get a better deal with Zillow? (I’m still guessing a Zillow-Nextdoor match happens at … Read More »

Conscious Real Estate = A Lot to Like

by Drew Meyers on 9:00 am

I’m a big big fan of what I see from Conscious Real Estate in Denver… This blog post is spot on. IMHO, we need more of this in our industry.

Amazon Key is a Big Deal

by Drew Meyers on 3:52 pm October 25, 2017

Let’s be clear. Amazon Key is a big, big deal — for many reasons. It hit Product Hunt today, and the comments touched on a couple major points worth noting. It’s a brilliant — yet extremely obvious –move given their massive Alexa/Echo investment into the smart home opportunity. $250+ is an expensive home upgrade/purchase for many. Amazon already taxes deliveries. Now, they are going to take a tax on groceries, dog walking, deliveries, etc — as well as making money on selling home owners the actual lock to … Read More »

Any Real Estate Geeks Interested in the Product Hunt Hackathon

by Drew Meyers on 9:30 am

The Geeks / developers reading may have seen the news about the upcoming Product Hunt global hackathon. It’s a month long hackathon… This isn’t like most hackathons. Starting November 1st, we’re kicking off a month-long, global, online hackathon so that anyone with a computer can participate. With over $250,000 in prizes and a suite of amazing partners and tools, you’ll have the entire month to collaborate, get feedback, and refine your product before sharing your creation with the world and our panel of remarkable judges. … Read More »

Zillow Shuts Off Mortgage Rate API

by Drew Meyers on 3:31 pm October 24, 2017

Startup founders beware: Zillow decommissioned their Mortgage Rate Summary API. Building on top of a 3rd party free API is great, until it gets yanked from under you. (I had this same issue with Horizon when Facebook decommissioned/modified the APIs we built on). I originally heard the news from a founder I recently spoke with, and found a discussion thread that validates the change here. Looking at their widgets page, I don’t see any of the old mortgage widgets (such as the image seen to the right) there … Read More »

Generating Awareness for Upcoming Real Estate Product Launches

by Drew Meyers on 9:30 am

Those of you who frequent Product Hunt may have seen their “upcoming products” section… The product enables “makers” to create landing pages for unlaunched products, and those interested in their value proposition can “subscribe” to be notified when the product is ready. My question for the founders (building new products), is whether you’d find value in a real estate specific version of upcoming products? For agents and brokers: would you have any interest in a simple way to be notified when products (you’ve opted in to) … Read More »

Why I’m Bullish on Redfin

by Drew Meyers on 9:00 am October 23, 2017

I’ve written about Redfin before, most recently regarding their IPO and the IDX SEO issue. (disclosure: I own a small number of shares). I spent some time looking at their S-1, looking at their current product, and thinking through their future. They face a hard road strife with many competitors to fend off (with more to come) — but I’m bullish. Teams are certainly the future of real estate. Zillow knows that (see here), and Redfin knows that. Redfin happens to operate as the largest “team” in the country. In … Read More »

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