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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 »

Meet the RE Tech Entrepreneur: Vinny LaBarbera from imFORZA

by Drew Meyers on 8:00 am February 23, 2017

In our latest real estate tech interview, we’re talking with Vinny LaBarbera from  imFORZA. Based in Los Angeles, imFORZA has been doing websites and internet marketing in the real estate industry for over a decade. If memory serves me correctly, I first spoke with him back in 2007 or 2008 when I was doing business development for Zillow. What do you do? I am the Founder / CEO of imFORZA. imFORZA is a full service Internet marketing agency that specializes in WordPress design and development coupled … Read More »

Building Community in Apartment Buildings

by Drew Meyers on 12:14 pm February 22, 2017

Given my own passion for community building, it’s probably no surprise I love everything about this mornings Evergrey newsletter (& blog post): People talk about how there’s no sense of community in their [apartment] buildings,” Stephanie said. “Not in the buildings I manage.” … Some years ago Stephanie saw a woman sitting by herself at a barbecue. She started talking to her, then invited her out to dinner with friends. Now the woman, who had just moved here from Chicago, is one of Stephanie’s closest friends. The … Read More »

MetaProp NYC Demo: hOM

by Drew Meyers on 7:00 am

hOM was part of MetaProp’s latest class, and Francesca Loftus (who I met at Inman in January) recently presented at the 2017 demo day. hOM partners with residential landlords to deliver group fitness classes in under-utilized space — in order to increase retention (reduce tenant turnover). (for those receiving this via email, the video is here)

Meet The RE Tech Entrepreneur: Jay Maharaj from ClientLinkt

by Michael Price on 10:30 am February 21, 2017

Jay maharaj

In our latest real estate tech interview, we’re talking with the CEO of ClientLinkt, Jay Maharaj. What do You Do? I’m the co-founder and CEO at ClientLinkt. We build branded smartphone apps for real estate agents & offices to stay connected with clients and showcase their expertise – even after the sale. Agents create a curated list of recommended vendors & local businesses to share via the app – and can also send market updates and home maintenance tips via push notifications. Being a small company, my … Read More »

Connecting Adventurers, Travelers And Homebuyers Through A Mobile App?

by Julie Ziemelis on 3:09 pm February 20, 2017

I recently attended a luxury real estate conference on Oahu and enjoyed a presentation by Michela O’Connor Abrams, President and CEO of Dwell who discussed lifestyle home ownership trends. She mentioned that many of the people purchasing second homes were people in their 40’s and 50’s making over $200k a year. This group did not want the McMansions of yesteryear, saw the value of smaller homes and wanted a more nimble lifestyle. After her talk, I spoke to some of the luxury Realtors in the room and asked them … Read More »

MetaProp NYC Demo: Flip

by Drew Meyers on 7:00 am

We’ve covered Flip previously in one of our founder interviews. They presented at MetaProp NYC’s 2017 demo day. Having lived in numerous countries between 2010 and 2015 (among them Chile, Thailand, Spain, Ghana, Kenya), mobility and housing is something I spend an immense amount of time thinking about. Horizon is a a very different product, but certainly banking on the same mobility trend. I love the approach Flip is taking. For those interested in rentals, mobility, travel, and flexible living arrangements — I encourage you to watch … Read More »

Calling All Engineers & Technical Talent

by Drew Meyers on 11:28 am February 17, 2017

We know entrepreneurs and brokers read Geek Estate, many of whom have a need for technical talent if they are to move their business/product forward. We also know engineers and consultants with deep industry expertise are among our readers, some of whom are looking for work. I am asked regularly where to find great talent, but have never put any effort into organizing the potential people to refer those inquires to. The form below is a step in that direction. Are you an engineer or technical product manager … Read More »

What Happens When Alexa Talks First?

by Drew Meyers on 12:13 pm February 16, 2017

Most mornings, I ask Alexa about the weather and daily news. It’s replaced me using my oven timer (best feature by far). Unfortunately, Alexa/AppleTV don’t work together, or I’d use Alexa a lot more (have an AppleTV, and play a lot of music using the YouTube app). It’s honestly pretty useless for random questions, but that will get better over time (I’m sure Google Home is much better at that side). At Inman, Rich Barton brought up an interesting question in his discussion with John Cook: What … Read More »

Meet the RE Tech Entrepreneur: Rick Orr from RealSavvy

by Drew Meyers on 8:43 pm February 15, 2017

In our latest real estate tech interview, we’re talking with the CEO of RealSavvy, Rick Orr. Based in Austin, RealSavvy is a technology platform for brokerages (Redfin-in-a-box). What do you do? I’m the CEO / Co-founder of RealSavvy. We offer collaborative home search platform for real estate professionals in 21 US markets and growing rapidly. Why do you do what you do? For 18+ years there has been a certain duality to my professional life – tech startup entrepreneur by day, Realtor by nights and weekends to help … Read More »

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