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Zillow Shuts Off Mortgage Rate API

by Drew Meyers on 3:31 pm October 24, 2017

Startup founders beware: Zillow decommissioned their Mortgage Rate Summary API. Building on top of a 3rd party free API is great, until it gets yanked from under you. (I had this same issue with Horizon when Facebook decommissioned/modified the APIs we built on). I originally heard the news from a founder I recently spoke with, and found a discussion thread that validates the change here. Looking at their widgets page, I don’t see any of the old mortgage widgets (such as the image seen to the right) there … Read More »

Trestle – A Q&A with Kevin Greene

by Drew Meyers on 10:00 am March 30, 2017

I listened to Greg’s recent podcast with Kevin Greene at CoreLogic about Trestle. Even after writing about it, I had a few questions about Trestle. Instead of wonder, I decided to reach out to Kevin and see if he’d be willing to answer a few questions. He obliged. Without further ado… How is interest in Trestle’s offering playing out between brokerages, technology providers, and multiple listing organizations? Great! For each one it is solving different pain points. For a Broker it is being able to have easy … Read More »

Real Estate Standards Organization Releases Free Web API Tools For Developers

by Michael Price on 8:47 am March 28, 2017

I just saw a post on Linkedin from Jeremy Crawford, CEO of RESO regarding the release of a new API designed to allow technology companies create connections to MLS data. Innovation like this and the Spark platform from FBS are sure to accelerate a great deal of the Proptech activity that is currently underway. Read the update here: What’s also exciting is what this means: this desktop client application is written with reusable code libraries using .NET C# that allows rapid development of API client … 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?

Topics and Startups from Inman Connect

by Drew Meyers on 9:06 pm January 26, 2017

Last week was Inman Connect in New York, which is always a fun trip for me. I simply love New York (and thought about moving there a few years ago). Over the course of the week, I spoke with a wide range of startups, and discussed a variety of topics. Here’s a few that left an impression: mythic-vr.com: I’d previously experienced lighter weight VR devices powered by mobile phones, but never a full scale immersive experience. We’re still very very early, but VR is definitely looming on the horizon. RealScout: … Read More »

Anyone Using Zapier?

by Drew Meyers on 2:29 pm November 9, 2016

I’m testing a “Zap” that automatically submits information from Gravity forms into Pipedrive (which I’m currently evaluating as a potential CRM for 360modern.com) as a deal in our pipeline. There are all sorts of integrations supported, from Gmail to GitHub to Stripe. Is anyone else using Zapier? If so, what integrations (aka Zaps) are you using?

A WordPress Plugin to Pull & Display Zillow Reviews?

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

WordPress

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 – https://wordpress.org/plugins/tags/zillow – and didn’t see one. Thus, I’d … Read More »

A Twitter for Following Agents and Regions?

by Drew Meyers on 12:52 pm February 12, 2016

Why isn’t there a way to follow all the listing activity (new listings, price changes, pendings, solds) for regions and agents I care about with a native app? Email listing alerts, with a Twitter-like interface (follow agents, brokers, franchises, ZIP codes, neighborhoods, cities). For consumers, it’s a more efficient way to manage the listings alerts they care about. For agents, it’s a way to follow their competition. This is more or less the exact same product that’s needed for the pocket listings opportunity I wrote about quite awhile ago. … Read More »

WordPress.com is Now Open Source

by Drew Meyers on 10:56 am November 23, 2015

WordPress

There are many, many people in the real estate industry who have WordPress powered websites. Most of those know there are two arms of WordPress. WordPress.org (self hosted, open source) and WordPress.com (hosted, not open source). The big news today is that WordPress.com is now open source (via Ben Thompson). That’s a big change by itself, but there is also another is a big change — it’s now Javascript based (Node & React) rather than PHP. More details on the release can be found here. I’ll be … Read More »

Want your next software purchase to ‘talk’ to your existing systems?

by Dan Moore on 11:47 am January 24, 2014

If you are a realtor or a broker, you probably evaluate and buy software on a regular basis. Next time you are doing so, ask if your vendor provides an API. You’ll be glad you did. Why? Well, first, let’s talk about what an API is. API stands for “Applications Programming Interface”–not very illuminating. What that means is that the software providing the API has a way to allow other software (applications) to interact (interface) with it, with no human involvement.  That is, the two … Read More »

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