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Who Can Keyzz Truly Empower?

by Drew Meyers on 5:16 pm March 30, 2018

In theory, Keyzz is interesting to me given they supposedly “empower realtors by giving them short and long-term tools that increase their value proposition.” That said, I’m a bit perplexed on exactly what “short and long-term tools” are as I am about what problem this is solving for the agents’ clients. Watch the video here: Having been in this industry, I’ve seen numerous products that are “Developed by Realtors for Realtors” or “built for agents, by agents”. While that positioning may help sell products since … Read More »

Whereby.US Launches Brands in Portland and Orlando

by Drew Meyers on 2:53 pm March 22, 2018

Whereby.US is a creative agency for local that I’ve mentioned here before: We build local media brands for growing cities, and a technology platform to make it possible, with a focus on delightful email newsletters and meaningful communities of local explorers, makers, and leaders They just announced they launched brands in two new cities: Orlando and Portland. I’ve been a subscriber to their Seattle brand, The Evergrey, since it’s very earliest days, and love it. If you’re a resident of either city, I encourage you to click … Read More »

Geek Estate Newsletter #21 – Radical Ideas for Developing Client Loyalty

by Drew Meyers on 4:41 pm March 21, 2018

The purpose of Geek Estate’s mastermind community is two fold: Curate the most incredible and diverse membership of real estate innovators, creatives, doers, and creators in the world. Make our members wildly successful in their careers building real estate companies. In this week’s member newsletter (#21), I talked about a few radical ideas to develop client loyalty (see here for more on the topic of loyalty). In my “non-industry reads” section, one of the links included was the Skift article, Airbnb Makes Its Battle Against Booking and … Read More »

New Zealand Property Tech, Transitioning from Tech to Practicing Real Estate: An Interview with Alistair Helm

by Drew Meyers on 11:01 am March 19, 2018

Alistair Helm has been a longtime property tech thought leader based out of New Zealand, with a deep resume that includes Properazzi, manning the helm at both Property Portal Watch and, and head of product at Trade Me. We traded emails recently, and I learned he was working on getting his real estate license. I wanted to learn more, so conducted a short interview. Let’s get to it… 1. After more than a decade in the property portal space, you’re getting your real estate license in … Read More »

Using Technology to Make Real Estate More Competitive

by Drew Meyers on 10:30 am March 16, 2018

Those of you with an interest in NAR’s expiring consent decree, there is an event organized by Information Technology and Innovation Foundation you may be interested in next month in Washington DC: Technological innovation has made it cheaper, easier, and faster to buy and sell most products. However, the real estate industry has firmly resisted disruption, successfully lobbying for state laws banning commission rebates, preventing the public disclosure of residential sales prices, and requiring consumers to purchase real estate services that they may not want, as well … Read More »

Meet the Real Estate Tech Founder: Rob Connolly from Buzz4Agent

by Drew Meyers on 12:00 pm March 15, 2018

In our latest real estate tech entrepreneur interview, we’re speaking with the founder and CEO at Buzz4Agent, Rob Connolly. Without further ado… What do you do? I am the founder at We are a company I launched in San Diego, California, back in April of 2015. As of today, we are a team of nine full-time team members. It has been quite the journey so far! What problem does your product/service solve? Today, when someone sees a for sale sign at a listing and would … Read More »

Geek Estate Newsletter #20 – A KickStarter for Real Estate Agents

by Drew Meyers on 10:30 am

The purpose of Geek Estate’s mastermind community is two fold: Curate the most incredible and diverse membership of real estate innovators, creatives, doers, and creators in the world. Make our members wildly successful in their careers building real estate companies. In this week’s member newsletter (#20), I touched on several topics: Kickstarter for real estate agents 3D printed homes (more thoughts in the newsletter) Data-driven marketing If you want to read it, and future newsletters, please apply for membership below. Geek Estate Membership Interested in joining? … Read More »

3D Printed Homes by New Story and ICON

by Drew Meyers on 1:00 pm March 14, 2018

If you can’t get excited about 3D printed homes in the developing world for $4,000 for those living in extreme poverty, well…I don’t know what to say. Congrats to New Story and ICON. Simply amazing work (short video here).

Listing Bits Podcast with Victor Lund, and More on Broker Public Portal

by Drew Meyers on 2:00 pm March 13, 2018

I listened to Greg’s Listing Bits podcast with Victor Lund the other day. Here’s the episode for the curious folk: Homesnap recently raised a $14 million Series B. Like Greg, I really wonder how those VCs are ever going to get their money back if the brokers who own 50% of the Broker Public Portal joint venture with Homesnap can nix any acquisition. Let’s play out this scenario. Homesnap succeeds in growing traffic, they have trouble monetizing (they need a massive sales force to compete against Zillow … Read More »

Geek Estate Founding Member Spotlight: David Marc Harris from Remzy

by Drew Meyers on 2:40 pm March 12, 2018

We’ve now published six Geek Estate founding member interviews; Jennifer Kjellgren, Sep Niakan, Eileen Romito, Ryan Coon, Caroline Pinal, and Joel Leslie. 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 Geek Estate mastermind member. Our 7th interview is with David Marc Harris at Remzy. Without further ado… What’s your most significant business focus for 2018? We serve agents. Our tool alleviates the shortage of homes on the market and changes the perception of off-market homes. For … Read More »

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