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The “Tech-Enabled Real Estate Brokerage” Pitch

by Drew Meyers on 11:00 am February 5, 2018

It’s widely agreed upon that the rise of tech-enabled brokerages are one of the major major trends to watch in the real estate industry. Namely, Redfin, Compass, eXp Realty, and NextHome. From an agent perspective, I’m trying to better understand how these new models differentiate from each other. This weekend, I took a peak at their websites and found a couple videos targeted at agents. From Compass: From NextHome: eXp has a Google Presentation worth looking at here. Redfin’s career pitch is on their real estate jobs page. If … Read More »

Geek Estate Founding Member Spotlight: Sep Niakan from Condo Black Book

by Drew Meyers on 12:08 pm February 4, 2018

We kicked off our Geek Estate founding member interviews with Jennifer Kjellgren a couple weeks ago. The interviews are meant to give you a taste of current business priorities, products and trends to watch in 2018, and what they enjoy about being a member. Our 2nd founding member interview is with Sep Niakan from HB Roswell Realty in Miami. An avid reader of Geek Estate Blog since the very early years (2008 or 2009 I’d guess), I first met him at Inman in New York many years ago. He’s always struck me as a broker … Read More »

More Social Good: Lanier Property Group + Giveback Homes

by Drew Meyers on 10:00 am February 2, 2018

There’s more social good in real estate to report! Lanier Property Group, a boutique brokerage in Wilmington, North Carolina, has signed on as a Giveback Homes brokerage partner. You can read the press release here.     The giving keeps going… PS #1: The “Inspiration Lab” by Stephanie looks like an amazing initiative. PS #2: I still wonder why more agents and brokerages in the Seattle market aren’t doing more.

Meet the Real Estate Tech Founder: Andrew Sasson from Corporate+Club

by Drew Meyers on 10:00 am February 1, 2018

In our latest real estate tech entrepreneur interview, we’re speaking with co-founder and CEO of Corporate+Club, Andrew Sasson. I met Andrew at Inman Connect last week, and was immediately a fan of concept. Look no further than his first answer that mentions “face-to-face interactions and community building” to know why I was drawn to their company and concept (see Horizon’s focus on community). Without further ado… What do you do? Hi, I’m Andrew Sasson, CEO and Co-Founder of Corporate Plus Club. We specialize in face-to-face interactions … Read More »

Geek Estate & Topics for Newsletter #13

by Drew Meyers on 11:18 am January 31, 2018

The purpose of Geek Estate’s private community is two fold: Curate the most incredible and diverse membership of real estate creatives, doers, and creators in the world. Make our members wildly successful in their careers building real estate companies. Members pay a $97 quarterly membership fee. Being a paid community means we can operate without the sales pitches and noise you’ll find in every free community. We save members time by surfacing relevant tips, news, products, strategies, etc without the need to filter through everything … Read More »

Rent a Moving Truck with On the Move

by Drew Meyers on 10:00 am January 30, 2018

It’s not “tech” per say, but one of the more creative marketing approaches I came across at Inman Connect last week was On the Move. They lease trucks covered with custom graphics, also known as driving billboards. What’s so creative about this? If it’s just for your business, then it’s not. But what if it’s a truck “for your clients exclusive use”? (at the brokerage level). Your clients will use it on their big moving day — and YOUR CLIENTS will drive it all around town, showcasing your brand … Read More »

5 Ways That Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Technology Could Change the Construction Industry Forever

by Stephen Del Percio on 4:00 pm January 29, 2018

[Note from editor: originally published on AEC Labs] With Kodak recently announcing that it’s launching its own cryptocurrency to help protect digital photographers who sell their work on the web, we thought it would be a good time to take a deeper dive into blockchain technologies here at AEC Labs and discuss where they could have meaningful application for the construction industry in 2018 and beyond. This is a rather long article (our longest so far here at AEC Labs!), so we’ll give you the punchline up front: … Read More »

A Few Thoughts from Hacker Connect

by Drew Meyers on 12:30 pm January 28, 2018

As many of you know, Inman’s Hacker Connect was this past Monday in New York. A lively day of real estate tech discussion, I’ve put together a few thoughts: Dr. Kate Stone, the founder of Novalia, showed the audience several interactive experiences. Her firm creates immersive, playable experiences connecting brands to audiences around the world. See this video about Bud Light: And this one: Human experiences are a topic I think a LOT about: how do you create products and activities buyer and homeowners are compelled to go out … Read More »

Meet the Real Estate Tech Founder: Gemma Young from Settled

by Drew Meyers on 11:55 am January 26, 2018

In our latest real estate tech entrepreneur interview, we’re speaking with co-founder and CEO of UK-based Settled, Gemma Young. Without further ado… What do you do? I am the CEO and Co-Founder of VC-backed property technology business Settled, which is an online property transaction software that streamlines the home buying and selling process for buyers and sellers. What problem does your product/service solve? In spite of prop tech’s growth – we’d all agree that there’s still a long way to go. In the UK, it still … Read More »

The BitCoin Realtor / Agent

by Drew Meyers on 9:47 am January 23, 2018

I just watched the discussion with Piper Moretti (moderated by Wendy Forsythe) about purchasing homes with Bitcoin (see here) at Inman Connect. She’s done several deals with Bitcoin in the last year in Southern California — she’s now the “Bitcoin realtor“. It’s worth asking — who is the Bitcoin realtor / agent in your city? If the answer is no one, winning mindshare (and SEO) for that term is something worth investing in.

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