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Horizon Needs Your Help

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

Horizon is a way to discover friends and friends of friends in the cities you’re visiting. Beyond friends and friends of friends, Horizon uses communities such as college or fraternity / sorority alumni, former colleagues, and service communities like Returned Peace Corps Volunteers to connect people to find a place to stay, grab a coffee, or even simply, ask them for a restaurant recommendation. The following 3 minute video explains the product: One example of the power of connecting friends of friends in other cities, right here … Read More »

The Smart Cities Movement Is Reshaping Commercial Real Estate

by Jack Kaufman on 1:35 pm June 22, 2017

An example of smart city tech.

In 2014, 54% of the world’s population lived in cities. A UN report predicted that 66% of people in the world will live in cities by 2050. As cities grow at a rapid pace, they face an increasing number of problems. For instance, cities like New York City, Los Angeles, and Austin deal with large amounts of traffic-fueled congestion. Other urban areas experience high levels of pollution and waste that grows in line with an ever-increasing population. The speedy population growth in places like San Francisco … Read More »

Zillow Instant Offers…Finally

by Drew Meyers on 4:24 pm May 22, 2017

It’s no secret inventory is a problem in many real estate markets across the country (my own backyard, Seattle, certainly falls in that list). That begs the question, how do you open up more inventory for purchase? I’ve long been a fan of the Make Me Move, and the prospect of connecting buyers and seller directly. I know virtually every home is available to buy, for the right price. I was always a fan of what Bryan was working on with Everyhome. Remzy (current Geek … Read More »

Real Estate and Skunk Works Departments

by Seth Siegler on 12:10 pm April 18, 2017

I’ve been working within the fast-paced, risk-loving, fail-fast worlds of four different real estate industry startups for the the last 10+ years. I founded them all but three were bootstrapped and one was VC-backed. And while two of them went nowhere and two others resulted in exits, in all four, there existed common themes and paradigms that allowed us to get a huge amount of work done with a tiny team and budget. That’s nothing super novel though – all startups benefit from this type … Read More »

Building Database Relationships With Real Estate Technology

by Ryan Gullett on 12:52 pm March 28, 2017

For many real estate agents, using technology for relationship building is often overlooked or not prioritized correctly. Technology is best used to maximize your most profitable revenue stream first and foremost. Consequently, this will lead to trying other sources when appropriate for your marketing budget. What are these streams? Data from the National Association of Realtors, gives this data: Typically, you see over 60% of your lead sources are from contacts / referrals on the personal and business side. I was reading the articles posted on … Read More »

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 »

Seattle in Progress — and an Agent/Broker/Franchise Opportunity

by Drew Meyers on 1:22 pm January 13, 2017

I found Seattle in Progress (a web app by Ethan Phelps-Goodman) this morning in the Evergrey newsletter…it helps you figure out what’s being built in the city of Seattle. Guess what I did when I found it? I immediately sent it to my friend who lives a few blocks from me. Both he and his wife thought it was a cool and valuable (that’s the key part) website even though they are not buying or selling. I also sent it to my sister and brother-in-law, both of who … Read More »

Hacker Connect in NYC (and $100 Off) — January 16th

by Drew Meyers on 2:03 pm December 20, 2016

Geek Estate is a community of tech savvy real estate professionals and vendors. If there is one event that’s truly applicable to readers here, it’s Hacker Connect. Who: Developers, technology vendors, MLS employees, real estate entrepreneurs/founders, and tech savvy agents/brokers looking for a leg up on the competition. When: January 16th, 9:00 – 5:30 Where: New York Marriot Marquis Cost: $299 Register: Here If you look at the schedule here, you’ll see there are a wide range of tech topics discussed. Everything from Artificial Intelligence to data … Read More »

Building Your Own Local Real Estate Portal? Stop and Read This First

by Sep Niakan on 9:46 pm November 15, 2016

I am guilty of making every possible mistake someone could make while building a local real estate search portal. If you have a real estate web site or are thinking about building one, I hope this list of lessons learned can save you a few headaches along the way. How I Decided to Launch My Website and 8 Years of Agony It all began in 2007, when I purchased a few ad spots for a few hundred dollars a month from a local Miami condo … Read More »

Partial Home Ownership, Equity, Down Payments — Thoughts on Point

by Drew Meyers on 3:32 pm September 14, 2016

Real breakthrough innovations don’t come along very often, in any industry. Real estate is no exception. What gets me excited is when products / businesses enabling consumers to do something they can’t do today (rather than just recreate the same wheel that’s been created 10 or 20 times before). Point is certainly one such product / business that fits the bill for me. What exactly is it? Point is an alternative to traditional home equity loans and HELOCs. Point buys into a fraction of your property. There are … Read More »

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