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Any Real Estate Geeks Interested in the Product Hunt Hackathon

by Drew Meyers on 9:30 am October 25, 2017

The Geeks / developers reading may have seen the news about the upcoming Product Hunt global hackathon. It’s a month long hackathon… This isn’t like most hackathons. Starting November 1st, we’re kicking off a month-long, global, online hackathon so that anyone with a computer can participate. With over $250,000 in prizes and a suite of amazing partners and tools, you’ll have the entire month to collaborate, get feedback, and refine your product before sharing your creation with the world and our panel of remarkable judges. … Read More »

Lessons from Inman “Hack the App”

by Ed Tee on 9:30 am August 16, 2017

I was privileged to take part in the “Hack the App” session during the Inman Connect event last week.   It gave me some insights into alternative ways of building products for the real estate sector and particularly the role open source could play in that. The session was not like a traditional hackathon where teams compete to create a product from scratch. Rather, an idea had been conceived beforehand and some thought had already gone into how it should work. This was a great way … Read More »

Behind the Scenes of Designing and Developing a Home Page

by Drew Meyers on 9:45 am May 15, 2017

Here’s the home page of 360modern… How does a finished home page come to fruition? Brand, Value Proposition, and User Goals I don’t want to discuss value proposition & brand (which I touched on here & here) in depth in this article. That said, prior to “getting started” building product, you’d certainly be extremely foolish to not have an extensive discussion among all stake holders — customers, clients, enthusiasts, etc. User goals (which could be a post by itself) need to be outlined so you know exactly WHO you’re … Read More »

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?

Calling All Engineers & Technical Talent

by Drew Meyers on 11:28 am February 17, 2017

We know entrepreneurs and brokers read Geek Estate, many of whom have a need for technical talent if they are to move their business/product forward. We also know engineers and consultants with deep industry expertise are among our readers, some of whom are looking for work. I am asked regularly where to find great talent, but have never put any effort into organizing the potential people to refer those inquires to. The form below is a step in that direction. Are you an engineer or technical product manager … Read More »

What we learned from hand training A.I. on 25k+ property descriptions

by Nathan Joens on 10:30 am October 20, 2016

Hardcore artificial intelligence technology companies like x.ai and wit.ai are using hand trained datasets to enhance their artificial intelligence offerings. This is a tedious and sweaty process that we’ve been tackling for real estate at Structurely, and our A.I has learned a lot already. This was not an easy task, as we all know, reading real estate property descriptions can be pretty gruesome…imagine trying to train A.I. on a sentence like, “You’ll love the W/O bsmt w/ a LL family room w/frplc and a BR w/en-suite double vanity BA.” Powerful … Read More »

Building a Real Estate Portal?

by Drew Meyers on 11:57 am October 17, 2016

I know international entrepreneurs are reading (I’ve met/spoken to a few of you), some of whom are working on real estate portals in various countries. A real estate portal is a fairly defined technology product, which includes: A home page with search Search results & filters Property details pages Location/place pages User accounts How many times has that been built? I’ll wager a guess, the answer is “far too many”. Transmitdata recently released a “portal in a box”. I know that’s a challenging proposition, since most teams seek to customize … Read More »

Geeking Out On Artificial Intelligence In Real Estate

by Nathan Joens on 8:00 am September 6, 2016

As a real estate guy, sometimes I look over to my data scientist’s screen and believe what he is doing is some sort of magic — it’s like pure computer science sorcery. I mean, they’re building a chatbot that can communicate using human language and learn from the conversations it’s having. It’s like me every time I have a conversation with my data science team I learn something about artificial intelligence and I’d like to share that with you. So straight from the minds of 3 … Read More »

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Open Source CLI (command line interface) for Querying RETS Servers and Searching Metadata

by Drew Meyers on 4:36 pm May 4, 2016

Props to Ari Summer for releasing an open source CLI (command line interface) for querying RETS servers and searching metadata. The gem is built on top of the rets gem, which handles the actual querying and parsing of the RETS server requests. You can download and clone the repo on GitHub: https://github.com/summera/retscli Ari, please feel free to leave further clarification about what exactly this would enable a developer to do in the comments.

How A Bot Reduced Our Workload By 80%

by Ben Kubic on 9:00 am April 26, 2016

As both Drew and now Nathan have written, there is a lot of nascent interest in bots for real estate. Most technologists tend to focus on the consumer-facing use cases: helping buyers figure out which homes to look at, answering basic questions about listings, etc. At Virgent, we took a little bit of a different tack. Since we exclusively focus on home sellers, we handle a lot of showing requests from buyers’ agents – in some cases it can be dozens of requests a day. It … Read More »

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