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Website & IDX Combo for Boutique Brokerages — RealSavvy

by Drew Meyers on 9:00 am October 4, 2016

There’s a new technology vendor worth taking a look at if you’re a boutique brokerage/team, and searching for a new website/IDX provider. RealSavvy. They’re based in Austin, and look to have a fairly slick offering. It’s a full website, IDX, and CRM in one, teamed with an iOS app (with Android coming soon). (and yes, I’ve long been a skeptic that native mobile apps are worth the money for an agent/broker given the massively high bar to get people to download/use native apps, see KW’s … Read More »

The State of IDX Products, and IDX APIs

by Drew Meyers on 11:54 am September 26, 2016

Is it just me, or is there not much innovation occurring with IDX these days? Diverse Solutions long had the reputation for being the most innovative IDX vendor, but then sold to Zillow, saw product problems (documented here), and were just recently unloaded to Market Leader. Displet sold to Tribus. Long time readers may remember Real Geeks won our Geek Build 2012 IDX decision. The company I hear the most about is IDX Broker. They may win the game and become the default dominance player by sheer perseverance. Most companies … Read More »

The Sad Decline of Diverse Solutions IDX

by Mike McGee on 6:22 pm September 1, 2016

If you’ve followed my posts here on Geek Estate, you know I’ve had a long history as a customer of Diverse Solutions. I’m not sure exactly when I started with them, probably sometime in 2008, but I was using their dsSearchAgent (Mapping IDX) well before they launched dsIDXpress (WordPress IDX). Their Mapping IDX was truly innovative, enabling DIY agent/broker/webmasters to embed a world-class search tool as attractive and intuitive as any custom option available at the time. Then they released their revolutionary WordPress IDX plugin, democratizing indexable IDX … Read More »

For Brokerage Profits, Syndication is an Inefficient Stepchild to IDX

by Sam DeBord on 3:49 pm April 14, 2015

IDX is not Syndication

(Note: This post is about industry-wide brokerage profitability in an IDX scenario vs a syndication scenario.  It’s  not about an individual broker’s profits or decision to use IDX/syndication.)   We’re hearing more often that IDX and listing syndication are essentially the same (via Rob).  From a consumer advertising perspective, that argument may make sense.  From a broker-centric profit mindset, it’s far from the truth. Our company shares our listings with brokers via IDX and with portals via syndication.  It makes sense based on our clients’ requests, but to … Read More »

RealGeeks Websites, and the Secret Sauce (a totally biased review)

by Sam DeBord on 4:57 pm December 10, 2014

Real Geeks websites

I get a bunch of calls and emails every week asking for information about the RealGeeks website system we use.  I’m happy to discuss it, but I figured if I just wrote a review of our experience, it might save me a little bit of time in the future. To be clear, RealGeeks doesn’t pay me, give me a discount, or any other benefits for writing about their product or sending them referrals.  I’ll give you the highlights because we wouldn’t stick with the product if … Read More »

Placester and $5 Websites: Seth Price Responds To Your Questions

by Sam DeBord on 10:23 am December 5, 2014

Seth Price - Placester

We’ve had a lot of discussion in the GeekEstate community about Placester’s recent deal with NAR to provide IDX-fed websites to Realtors for $5/mo. I asked Seth Price, VP of Marketing at Placester, to answer a few of your questions.  We speak fairly frankly on this blog, so I tried to get to the meat of the critics’ concerns as quickly as possible. $5/mo websites are attractive to agents, but many wonder if prices will go up later, advertising will be added, etc. There seems … Read More »

Ownership, and The Death of IDX?

by Drew Meyers on 5:54 am November 27, 2014

I’m not going to write an essay, but I wanted to briefly follow up to Joel’s post, and Matthew’s response about the future of IDX. From Matthew: Agents need to own their success online, not rent it. To do that, they’ll need mobile technology that’s widely available, affordable and easy to build. In short, they’ll need commoditization — and IDX provides a model for how that can happen. I agree — in a perfect world, everyone would own their success online. In all major aspects of life, owning … Read More »

2014 Map Search IDX Roundup & Review

by Mike McGee on 6:04 am July 21, 2014

I mentioned in a previous post that I intended to do a video review of several IDX products with a primary focus on their map search capabilities. This turned out to be a much longer project than I had expected, hence the delay, but I’ve finally got it done. Before jumping into the video, I want to touch on why I wanted to do this. In the introduction to the video, I discuss why I think map search is still relevant.  Indeed, I think it’s … Read More »

How to make money with a real estate startup – infographic

by Mike McGee on 7:59 am April 22, 2014

I saw this infographic the other day on entrepreneur.com: The first step made me think of real estate right away: “Find a product that is popular but not yet perfect.” Does that not describe virtually everything in real estate? Practically every tech tool I use in real estate is far from perfect. Think about it: CRM, IDX, Document mangement, MLS software, etc. Much of it is counterintuitive, inadequate, incomplete and downright frustrating. It makes me realize what opportunities exist in real estate technology for a killer … Read More »

What’s the best mapping IDX?

by Mike McGee on 8:05 am April 8, 2014

In a subsequent post I plan to do a video review of several of the mapping IDX products out there. You might say that IDX comparisons have been done to death, but I want to specifically focus on the usability aspect of map search products. While most IDX providers include some sort of map interface, I find that many don’t produce they type of intuitive user experience that today’s home buyer seeks. So far I have on my list to review (in no particular order): … Read More »

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