by Drew Meyers on 9:30 am March 7, 2017
Curbed ran a piece on crowdfunding real estate last week that’s worth a read (for those interested in crowdfunding & investing in real estate). One excerpt I took notice of: Wall Street funds have also played a role in its three other New York projects, slated to open later this year. They’re part of what Prodigy Network is calling “The Assemblage,” coworking and co-living facilities geared toward what slick marketing materials refer to as “a community of individuals who believe the world is at the verge … Read More »
by Drew Meyers on 7:00 am February 24, 2017
You may know I’m fascinated by the topic of partial equity home ownership. I got to thinking about the topic again the other day after listening to the Real Estate — Ownership, Asset, Economy a16z podcast. (via Greg Fischer). A few random, unorganized thoughts… Where’s the fascination come from? Partial home ownership has the possibility of placing more people into homes — at (relatively) affordable prices. Monthly payments are of course not the barrier to home ownership; it’s the down payment. Splitting up equity and making small percentages both … Read More »
by Drew Meyers on 10:19 pm January 24, 2017
Those thinking about — and especially entrepreneurs working on — the history of the home opportunity I’m so bullish on should read Thinking About Home IT Budgets by Josh Elman at Greylock Partners.
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 »
by Drew Meyers on 12:51 pm January 8, 2017
After having thought on it for awhile — I finally ordered an Echo Dot this week, and it arrived on my doorstep yesterday. Why’d I bite the bullet, even though my gut is the only thing I’ll actually use Alexa for is to play music? The Echo Dot is only $50, so it’s not a huge investment. Beyond that, as a product person — I want to understand the fuss about Alexa and have a good grasp on consumer behavior based on first hand experience, rather than … Read More »
by Drew Meyers on 8:00 am December 7, 2016
Some of you may have seen our feature on CoBuy. I had the chance to meet Matt and Pam the other day at Impact Hub, discuss their progress and business, as well as think further about the broader implications and trends of co-buying properties. I don’t think there is any question co-buying is going to increase. The economic reality of skyrocketing home prices (both sales and rentals) make that a certainty in expensive coastal markets such as Seattle (assuming, of course, home ownership remains part of the american … Read More »
by Drew Meyers on 3:04 pm November 1, 2016
Elon Musk presented the Solar Roof with integrated batteries by Tesla the other day… Wicked cool technology to help increase dependence on sustainable energy sources. I continue to be beyond impressed with Musk’s ambition and execution.
by Drew Meyers on 10:25 pm October 2, 2016
I finally got around to upgrading my phone to iOS 10 this morning. One of the first things I noticed was a new icon on my home screen. Home. Turns out the rumors were correct (see my post here). I’m anxious to see this progress. Perhaps Apple is the one that will finally crack the “history of the home” opportunity via a platform approach. Has anyone done any development with iOS’s Homekit? Or plan to this year or next?
by Drew Meyers on 9:00 am September 27, 2016
Another attempt at the history of the home opportunity I’ve written previously about: Centriq. HomeKeepr and HomeZada (see prior coverage here) are two long standing competitors — though there’s other recent entrants as well. I played with Centriq’s iOS version a bit yesterday. It seems straight forward – manage and track everything related to your home. The challenge is the product needs a lot of data inputted prior to being truly useful for a home owner. Is there enough of an incentive to get home owners … Read More »
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 »