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March Sponsor Showcase, Round 1

by Drew Meyers on 9:15 am March 8, 2017

Thank you to our March sponsors… HomeStack specializes in creating and servicing mobile apps for the California Real Estate Market. With 4,000+ mobile apps built to date, they are the leading personalized real estate app company in the industry and are endorsed by many well respected top producers. They pride themselves on providing a solution that agents can confidently give to their clients. Learn Why you Should Have your own App We find, showcase, and sell Modern homes. Period. 360modern currently focuses on modern home sales in … Read More »

Fake Markets, and Real Estate Agent Selection

by Drew Meyers on 12:23 am

Anil Dash wrote a post on Medium I’d highly recommend reading. Tech and the Fake Market tactic. Graphic via https://www.propublica.org Is there a fake market in real estate agent selection? That first requires understanding what constitutes a fake market: Consumers can’t trust the information they’re being provided to make a purchasing decision. A single opaque algorithm defines which buyers are matched with which sellers. Sellers have no control over their own pricing or profit margins. Regulators see the genuine short-term consumer benefit but don’t realize the long-term harms that … Read More »

Crowdfunding Real Estate Projects Around the Globe

by Drew Meyers on 9:30 am March 7, 2017

Curbed ran a piece on crowdfunding real estate last week that’s worth a read (for those interested in crowdfunding & investing in real estate). One excerpt I took notice of: Wall Street funds have also played a role in its three other New York projects, slated to open later this year. They’re part of what Prodigy Network is calling “The Assemblage,” coworking and co-living facilities geared toward what slick marketing materials refer to as “a community of individuals who believe the world is at the verge … Read More »

Whereby.Us & Sponsoring Neighborhood Guides

by Drew Meyers on 11:14 am March 6, 2017

Whereby.us is a creative agency for local. They are behind two local publications, The New Tropic in Miami, and The Everygrey in Seattle (which I subscribe to). Today I noticed the New Tropic has a section of neighborhood guides, sponsored by Lyft. As one example, take a look at the Little Haiti guide: Lyft (which I use regularly & am long on) certainly has an interest in reaching locals. Obviously, it goes without saying real estate agents, brokers, and franchises also have a vested interest in … Read More »

4 Ways to Make a City More Walkable

by Drew Meyers on 10:00 am

I think it’s inevitable many cities will become more walkable than they are today. Here’s a Ted talk by Jeff Speck I watched this weekend that will give you some ideas on how that’s being done…

Meet the RE Tech Entrepreneur: Grant Findlay-Shirras from Parkbench

by Drew Meyers on 6:17 pm March 5, 2017

In our latest real estate tech interview, we’re talking with Grant Findlay-Shirras from Parkbench. Based in Toronto, Parkbench is neighborhood news platform. I met Grant in New York and had a chance to talk through their product and business model a bit. Having worked at Zillow, launched local market explorer, built a “cliff notes version of TripAdvisor” product called welcome kits, and consulted for StreetAdvisor for a year — the hyper local space is one I know well, though I’ll save my own thoughts for a future post. Without further … Read More »

mHUBChicago: A Chicago Innovation Hub

by Drew Meyers on 10:00 am March 4, 2017

I wrote about the possibility of real estate brokers investing in innovation centers a few months ago. mHub is a brand new innovation center for physical products just opened in Chicago. It’s official! Physical product #innovation center @mhubchicago officially opens its doors #GomHUBChicagopic.twitter.com/FiU4bUbDC1 — WorldBusinessChicago (@WorldBizChicago) March 2, 2017 [via Todd Carpenter] It’s clear this innovation labs trend is happening with, or without, the real estate industry.

MetaProp NYC Demo: Enertiv

by Drew Meyers on 10:00 am March 3, 2017

For the commercial property managers/investors reading, you may be interested in watching Enertiv‘s MetaProp NYC demo day presentation. They monitor and report on energy usage in real time in the commercial, multifamily and industrial space. (for those receiving this via email, the video is here)

Location Intelligence. Pilgrim SDK, by Foursquare

by Drew Meyers on 11:09 pm March 2, 2017

We all know real estate is about location, location, location. Did I mention location? There’s a new set of location intelligence development tools available from Foursquare, which released their Pilgrim SDK this week (which they refer to as a contextual awareness engine). More information can be found here. Any developers investigated the SDK yet? What, if any, real estate uses can you think of? Notifying people of nearby open houses in urban areas?

Alphabet Soup – The Acronym Conundrum

by Michael Price on 4:02 pm

Alphabet Soup

I recently started a new job, and while getting the lay of the land regarding my role and responsibilities, I have made a commitment to myself and the new clients I will work with in the future. It’s time to dump the alphabet soup and begin communicating in a way that sets a different tone. I am talking about the acronym conundrum. How many conversations have you been a part of where the other person rattles off terms like SAAS, CRM, SEO, MVP, etc.? If … Read More »

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