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Local Experts, Parkbench, and Escaping the Local News Graveyard

by Drew Meyers on 3:00 pm March 26, 2017

Rob Hahn got me thinking about the topic of local experts again. If you haven’t noticed by now, it’s a topic that I’ve been thinking about for a long time. Parkbench, the subject of a recent founder interview, is a neighborhood news platform helping real estate agents be the digital mayor of their neighborhood. They actually refer to it as a Local Leader Real Estate Marketing System (truthfully, I’m not exactly sure what that means). A bit more about their model: Real Estate is a relationship based business and … Read More »

A WordPress Plugin to Pull & Display Zillow Reviews?

by Drew Meyers on 7:00 am October 31, 2016


Zillow has an API that returns reviews for a specified screen name. They clearly want agents and brokers to use those reviews on their own websites (see their widget here). We all know a big percentage of agent and broker websites are built with WordPress. I’ll wager a guess I’m not the only one that’s thought there should be an easy way to integrate reviews from Zillow into WordPress. Yet, I looked on the plugin directory – – and didn’t see one. Thus, I’d … Read More »

Sources for Local Neighborhood Data

by Drew Meyers on 11:22 am June 19, 2016

A big part of a real estate professionals job is knowing your local area better than anyone else. Whether looking for blogging inspiration, researching a specific topic for a blog, or seeking answers for clients moving to the area — where do you research neighborhoods? It’s been quite awhile since I’ve written about local neighborhood data sources (see here), so thought I’d put together another list: Yelp Foursquare StreetAdvisor WalkScore Mapbox Hoodline’s Neighborhood Kits Local neighborhood blogs City websites 2010 Census Data Remember, you can use the … Read More »

Reminiscing about the Carnival of Real Estate

by Drew Meyers on 2:27 pm June 16, 2016

I was just editing my bio randomly, and one thing mentioned there is the Carnival of Real Estate (I left it in). The following images may bring flashbacks to some of you… and and Originally launched summer of 2006 (see here by the one and only DavidG), it had a good run highlighting the best of the weekly for several years. Over time, the blogging community migrated to Twitter, I believe the site got hacked horribly a few years ago, and the rest … Read More »

Investing in Hyper Local in 2016 (& Anyone Need a Great Local Writer in Seattle?)

by Drew Meyers on 1:09 pm February 16, 2016

I still believe hyper local is where the opportunity is for those playing the long game in real estate. It’s the only thing that no one can easily replicate. C21 Redwood Realty gets this; see here for context (behind subscription wall). What does investing in hyper local look like? Some combination of local blogging, contributing to sites such as StreetAdvisor (a consulting client of mine), and community building face to face. I still think this strategy would work. You just have to do it. I still think … Read More »

If you Seek to Become a Better Writer…

by Drew Meyers on 7:37 am October 23, 2015

….read this.

Blogging…Local Market Analysis

by Drew Meyers on 10:00 am May 19, 2015

Do you write weekly or monthly market analysis pieces on your own blog or website? If so, would you publish them elsewhere for added exposure? If not, would a place to publish with more eyeballs be enticing enough to get you to write them regularly? From Suzanne Roy: Hey!® is looking for great REALTOR® bloggers!!® and one of our News Corp sister companies is looking for a number of REALTORS® across the country who can contribute to a national feature we are developing jointly … Read More »

Pondering the Future

by Drew Meyers on 7:00 am May 4, 2015

Geek Estate was started almost 8 years ago, July of 2007. Wow, that’s a long time ago. The amount of time I’ve personally invested in this is absurd. But I’ve generally loved every second of it. As most of you know, I’ve been working on Horizon for quite some time (7 weeks on the app store, but it’s been a work in progress for over a year). Some of you know I’ve largely been bootstrapping the company with various consulting projects in the real estate industry. Some of … Read More »

Are you Sharing “YOU”?

by Drew Meyers on 8:33 pm August 12, 2014

This movie clip from Good Will Hunting (one of my all time favorites)… Reminds me of this post I wrote a couple years ago. Writing is the same way as real life. Too many people just regurgitate crap already on hundreds/thousands of websites. If you don’t share anything personal, there’s no reason to read. Are you sharing YOU? RIP, Robin Williams.

Disqus vs. Facebook Comments: Barriers, UX, and Stickiness–Which is Better?

by Sam DeBord on 10:30 am May 24, 2014

Disqus vs Facebook commenting

As someone who spends far too much time commenting on others’ writing and discussing business online, I think I have a fairly good feel for user experience when it comes to online commenting systems.  Disqus and Facebook commenting seem to be the major 3rd-party players in the commenting world right now, and they deliver very different products. Barriers To Entry It seems to me that the most successful discussions I’ve seen over the years have been on the Disqus platform.  Facebook comments seem to be … Read More »

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