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Why Brokers Support The Broker Portal

by Merle Whitehead on 5:00 am February 13, 2017

Homesnap and Broker Public Portal

Background For the past two years, it has been my distinguished honor to serve the industry in the development of the Broker Public Portal. Today, I serve as the company’s Chairman, and am one of the representatives of the Large Broker class of the Board of Managers. Background about the Broker Public Portal MLS consumer websites have been around forever in real estate. There has been a long discussion between brokerage firms and MLSs about the nature of competition between those consumer sites and the … Read More »

A Deeper Look Inside Opendoor

by Drew Meyers on 9:00 am February 11, 2017

There’s a lot of people fascinated with Opendoor (myself included). For those seeking to scratch their itch for more insight, here’s a presentation and Q&A with co-founder Ian Wong at Data Driven NYC in January: [via Greg Fischer]

Chatbots (and AI) — and Winning the Consumer

by Drew Meyers on 1:21 pm February 10, 2017

There’s a lot of talk about AI and bots. Much of it centered around increased conversion and acquisition. Cool tech for the sake of tech is great. But that doesn’t make it a business, nor does it make it a product consumers want (or need) to use. What problem is AI/bot X solving for buyers and sellers? Is the solution/experience 10x as good as the present one? It seems focusing on segments of the real estate industry where frequency of transactions are much, much higher — investing, rentals, home builders, etc … Read More »

10 Min Realty & Instant Showings

by Drew Meyers on 1:39 pm February 9, 2017

I came across 10 min realty this morning. Request a showing, instantly. Sounds like another CurbCall. The big questions: How will buyers hear about the app? How do you get enough liquidity of agents in a given area to deliver showings in real time? What type of agents will agree to be on-call? I’d love thoughts from the 10 min realty team on the discussion here.

AI Data Startup Lands $2m Seed Funding

by Michael Price on 6:26 pm February 8, 2017

Today’s Geek word is “Ethnographic”. Basically, it’s the presentation of data as it applies to society or groups. Lynden Foust, Spatial’s CEO and a team of about 10 engineers are building a social layering platform that uses AI to cull about 30 different social media sources for location based data.  A simple line of code added to a map is all that’s needed to beef up search results with a myriad of neighborhood social content. Making Data Sexy Spatial’s concept provides RE pros with a … Read More »

Meet the RE Tech Entrepreneur — Bobby Bryant from DOSS

by Drew Meyers on 6:00 am

In our latest real estate tech interview, we’re talking with the CEO of DOSS, Bobby Bryant. Based in Houston, DOSS is working on a voice powered real estate search experience. I met him in New York a few weeks ago, and it’s clear his passion for his work is unwavering. 1) What do you do? I’m the CEO/Founder of DOSS. As of recent, I was for several years a Texas Real Estate Broker. I now oversee the direction and vision of DOSS. 2) Why do you do what … Read More »

FlyHomes – A Lifestyle Brokerage for Millenial Travelers

by Drew Meyers on 9:51 am February 6, 2017

I met with one of the founders of FlyHomes, Stephen Lane, a month or so ago at Impact Hub. On the surface, FlyHomes is a real estate brokerage for millennial travelers. In the background, it’s a discount model — but instead of giving the consumer cash back, the money is spent on rewards (Alaska miles, Lyft rides, etc). That largely removes the consumer perception of inferior real estate service, because they are not branding a discounted rate / rebates. Their lifestyle focus — branding themselves to a specific … Read More »

Sunday Fun: Meet the Giveback Homes Intern

by Drew Meyers on 10:00 am February 5, 2017

Everyone knows I’m a supporter of Giveback Homes, so here’s a video on Super Bowl Sunday for your viewing pleasure…

Is Your Technology Hijacking Attention, or Improving Humanity?

by Drew Meyers on 9:30 am February 4, 2017

I listened to the RECODE podcast with Tristan Harris this week while I was working late. Super fascinating discussion. Formerly a Design Ethicist at Google, he’s now working on Time Well Spent: Time Well Spent is a movement to align technology with our humanity. Today apps and media compete in a race to grab our attention. Join a movement to: Live better with more empowering settings for our media and devices. Change incentives so media competes to improve our lives, not get eyeballs. Invent new interfaces that help … Read More »

GoldenKey Raises $1.75 million

by Drew Meyers on 9:30 am February 3, 2017

GoldenKey recently raised $1.75 million (TechCrunch). What’s the model? Instead of a commission, you pay an agent a flat fee for the services you need and get a 3 percent rebate when you buy or sell a home with the help of one of the company’s partner agents (though some states like Oregon don’t allow for this rebate). That may not sound like a crazy idea, but in the rather conservative real estate world, that’s akin to a revolution. Here’s a video pitch: The no … Read More »

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