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SEO Trend Data: Growing or Shrinking?

by Drew Meyers on 10:13 am December 19, 2017

Organic SEO traffic is an increasingly competitive user acquisition channel for brokerages/agents — especially as the big players gobble up organic slots with domains like RealEstate.com. I do wonder whether SEO as a whole should be a shrinking or growing area of strategic investment. Rand at Moz published some great trend data for those who think about SEO’s long term trajectory like I do (or do SEO for a living). Two important take aways I noticed: The 5.41 clicks/10 queries in October, 2017 is 23% lower than the … Read More »

Bitcoin + Real Estate = Boom or Bust

by Ines Hegedus-Garcia on 10:00 am

[Note from Editor: Originally published on Miamism] The subject of cryptocurrencies is HOT right now!! And when it comes to real estate, it’s going viral.  In Miami, it’s about which agents are versed in crypto and which sellers are willing to price their properties in Bitcoin – ultimately it’s about thinking “outside the box” in a changing market and wanting to be ahead of the curve. The cryptocurrency craze may seem sexy but it certainly is generational.  Ask 3 groups of people about digital currencies and you will … Read More »

Meet the RE Tech Founder: Anthony Chow from igloohome

by Drew Meyers on 11:00 am December 18, 2017

In our latest real estate tech entrepreneur interview, we’re speaking with the founder of igloohome, Anthony Chow. Without further ado… What do you do? igloohome is what I’ve been busy with – we help people manage their homes & properties through innovative technologies. igloohome smart locks and lockboxes allow home & property owners to grant access to visitors remotely, via time-sensitive PIN codes or bluetooth keys. igloohome is a partner of Airbnb, and can automate the generation of PIN codes for AirBnB guests. As our … Read More »

A Virtual Reality Theatre in Minneapolis

by Drew Meyers on 12:00 pm December 17, 2017

Real estate offices used to be a necessity. Why? Buyers needed somewhere to look at MLS photo books with active listings. MLS books, of course, have been replaced by the internet, Zillow, and thousands of IDX sites in every market. No one needs to go to a real estate office to look at listings anymore. Where does that leave real estate offices? How do you make them relevant again? Create an EXPERIENCE. That’s what Engel & Völkers in Minneapolis did by building a virtual reality theatre. I had … Read More »

iBuyers, iSellers & A Product/Business Idea

by Drew Meyers on 8:30 am December 14, 2017

It’s no secret there is a consumer shift to faster transactions — on both the buy side and the sell side. Zillow Instant Offers (prior coverage here) and Redfin Now (prior coverage here) are both sell side initiatives I’m bullish on. FlyHomes is offering guaranteed closings on the buy side (see here). What’s the next iteration on the seller side? Here’s a product — or business — idea, which I alluded to in my “why haven’t you started a real estate startup” post a couple weeks ago. … Read More »

Meet the RE Tech Founders: Andrew Nicholls and Michael Valentine from EYESPY360

by Drew Meyers on 8:00 am

In our latest real estate tech entrepreneur interview, we’re speaking with the founders of EyeSpy360, Andrew Nicholls and Michael Valentine. I met Michael while attending the mipim summit, and was impressed with their virtual tour technology. Without further ado… What do you do? I am the CEO of EYESPY360. My Co-Founder, Michael and I began creating the EYESPY360 platform back in May 2016. At its core, it is a self-service 360° virtual tour platform allowing end-users to create their own 360 content leveraging any 360° camera on … Read More »

MetaProp’s New Bridge Program

by Drew Meyers on 3:00 pm December 13, 2017

MetaProp announced their MetaProp Bridge at Columbia University. It’s an acceleration program for PropTech startups. This new 20-week global acceleration program connects up to 6 select PropTech startups from across Europe, the Middle East and Africa to award-winning investors, experienced mentors and diverse real estate, technology and institutional partners in North America. They aim to be the “bridge” between proptech companies around the globe, and the US real estate market. Program Benefits: Up to $250,000 investment from MetaProp and partners as well as other corporate perks Intensive enterprise … Read More »

CityBldr Raises $2.9 Million of a $3.4 million Round

by Drew Meyers on 3:37 pm December 12, 2017

You may have seen the news last week that CityBldr “has raised $2.9 million of a $3.4 million round” (via GeekWire). CityBldr “brokers” land. If you think about both helping individual home owners realize the potential value to be had by selling to developers (with their neighbors) as well as better optimizing commercial properties — that’s a very, very large opportunity requiring some specific technical/AI expertise, which CityBldr has (and continuing to invest in). With the new funding, they are going to expand into California and hire more … Read More »

Social Media & Ripping Apart the Fabric of Society

by Drew Meyers on 3:08 pm

I’m a huge fan of Chamath Palihapitiya & his drum of working on hard problems (see here). He says what everyone is thinking, but are too scared to say publicly. Here’s a recent talk at the Stanford Business School that generated press that Facebook has been forced to respond to: Go to minute 21:30 for this thoughts on what Facebook has become and how social media is ripping apart the fabric of how society works. Experiencing the real physical world is what living is all about. It’s … Read More »

Meet the RE Tech Founder: Russell Quirk from emoov

by Drew Meyers on 8:30 am December 11, 2017

In our latest real estate tech entrepreneur interview, we’re speaking with the founder of UK based residential real estate agent emoov, Russell Quirk. I had the chance to meet him in NYC while attending the mipim summit, and was very impressed with his read on the global real estate landscape. Without further ado… What do you do? We are a UK based residential real estate agent. With a difference in that we are tech enabled and we have a different approach to how fees should be … Read More »

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