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Meet the RE Tech Founder: James Davis from Upad

by Drew Meyers on 2:43 pm October 30, 2017

In our latest real estate tech entrepreneur interview, we’re speaking with the founder and CEO of Upad, James Davis. I had the chance to meet James in New York a couple weeks ago while attending the mipim summit. Without further ado… What do you do? I run Upad, the UK’s largest online letting agent and winner of Best Online Agent 2017. We provide landlords with the same services as a high-street agent but use technology to offer a quicker, more efficient solution at a fraction of … Read More »

Homely Launches iOS App to Find Property for Sale & Rent in Australia

by Drew Meyers on 4:36 pm July 18, 2016

Homely, an Australian real estate portal, just released their new iOS app. Its clean, simple, and includes big, gorgeous photos. All good things for a real estate search app. I’d encourage everyone — particularly those working on property search websites or apps of your own – to give it a spin. ** Would be curious to hear from those running portals outside the US who have released iOS/Android versions — how has traction been between native and web versions? [Disclosure: I consult for StreetAdvisor /]

Is a Zillow for Canada Looming?

by Drew Meyers on 12:33 am May 7, 2016

Those in Canada, and certainly those in Toronto, are likely following the story of the upcoming expected ruling by the federal Competition Tribunal against the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) that would open MLS data to external parties. Further details can be found at Global and Mail. I’ve talked to numerous entrepreneurs over the years who have wanted to build a Zillow for Canada — but access to bulk data was always the sticking point. Perhaps that’s about to change. Those in Canada reading, please leave your … Read More »

Homely’s Launch of Premier Agent in Australia

by Drew Meyers on 5:28 pm December 10, 2015

I know Geek Estate has are a fair number of international readers, but it’s not often we analyze/discuss international real estate. Today, I wanted to touch on the #3 real estate portal in Australia,, and their most recent product release, Premier Agent. Homey’s primary differentiator is a faster, easier real estate search with no annoying banner ads. While listing properties on portals has been free in the US market for years, in Australia, it’s still largely a pay to post model. Following their launch in 2013 ( was re-branded and real estate listings added), Homely has spent the last … Read More »

Example Results When Agents Try to Build Portals

by Drew Meyers on 11:39 am July 24, 2015

As a result of the ongoing discussion about Broker Public Portal (most recent thread here), I did a little bit of digging to figure out whether there have been other “agent/broker led” portal initiatives that have successfully competed against market leaders in other countries. I found this article on Property Portal Watch by Simon Baker about agent-built portals Squiiz (Australia) and OntheMarket (UK). Simon also wrote a part 2 with more analysis. Squiiz in Australia (can anyone spell this?): OnTheMarket in the UK: On the surface, OnTheMarket seems like … Read More »

International Real Estate Portals and Websites

by Drew Meyers on 10:56 am July 9, 2015

For those of you reading from outside the confines of the United States, what property search sites do buyers utilize in your country? Please leave URL’s in the comments, along with the name of the country. [Photo via]

Is Zillow a $50 Billion Opportunity?

by Drew Meyers on 10:08 pm March 13, 2015

All you industry insiders should certainly read Rob Hahn’s most recent post that digs into whether Zillow is truly a company that will reach a $50 billion valuation. I honestly have no idea what the long term valuation will be, but do have one word to add to the discussion: International I’ve traveled all over the place (while building Horizon / Oh Hey World), and generally look up real estate sites in the locations I visit. Let me tell you. They are mostly (not all) complete crap. I’d … Read More »

How to Source Sales Data in Countries where Agents are Very Secretive about Transactions?

by Drew Meyers on 6:15 pm December 15, 2014

To build a real estate portal, the standard strategy is collect lots of listing data. Or you could try the “AVM abroad” strategy (Zillow for country X). I’ve written about data sources before (MLS listing data, public property data, and other free datasets). Unfortunately, virtually no country in the world has the required sales data publicly accessible to base an AVM on. Why? Agents don’t want to share it, because buyers want it, and agents want buyers to ask them about it rather than look it up for free online. Pretty simple. Which begets the … Read More »

VivaReal: Brazil’s Real Estate Giant

by Drew Meyers on 8:52 am November 25, 2014

We don’t often cover international real estate startups – but there are a fair number of readers from abroad, so we probably should to a bit more of it. VivaReal recently raised a big round – a $41.7 Million series C round, led by Spark Capital. With over $170 million in total funding, they are clearly a force to be reckoned with in South America. While I’m currently in Santiago, Chile and have made few observations here – I know nothing about the Brazil real … Read More »

Philippines Real Estate and Technology

by Kyle Wiltshire on 8:10 am February 27, 2014

Philippines Condo’s on the Rise 50 story glass skyscrapers. Bad Traffic. Starbucks on every corner. A massive urban sprawl by the Pacific Ocean millions call home. You may think I’m talking about Los Angeles, but I’m not. This is Manila, the capital city of the Philippines and it’s on the tail end of one of the largest Real Estate booms in Southeast Asia. A young workforce, smart economic reforms and growing service industry have taken then Philippines from the economic “sick man” of Asia, to … Read More »

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