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New Zealand Property Tech, Transitioning from Tech to Practicing Real Estate: An Interview with Alistair Helm

by Drew Meyers on 11:01 am March 19, 2018

Alistair Helm has been a longtime property tech thought leader based out of New Zealand, with a deep resume that includes Properazzi, manning the helm at both Property Portal Watch and, and head of product at Trade Me. We traded emails recently, and I learned he was working on getting his real estate license. I wanted to learn more, so conducted a short interview. Let’s get to it… 1. After more than a decade in the property portal space, you’re getting your real estate license in … Read More »

Years Of British Ridiculousness Pave The Way For UK PropTech Boom

by Will Darbyshire on 12:17 pm July 25, 2017

UK PropTech

It’s been a fascinating, if occasionally turbulent, few years here in the UK; when David Cameron first promised a referendum on EU membership back in 2015, even our best minds had no idea quite how dumbfounding the events that followed would be. A sure-fire win for Remain was upturned by a narrow a Leave victory, at which point Cameron jumped ship before most of us had buttered our toast. Michael Gove, having stated repeatedly that he doesn’t have what it takes to be leader, stabbed … 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]

Real Estate Models: UK vs USA

by Jon Sterling on 11:55 am July 7, 2015

[Editor’s note: Originally published on KWMayfair] No MLS. No buyer agency. No individual branding–everything is done in the name of the company and the company owns the customer relationships. No independent contractor status. You either form your own company or you are on a salary. No professional licensing or regulatory authority. No RESPA. Average commission is around 1.5%. Solicitors (lawyers) are heavily involved in every transaction. They are responsible for the paperwork and closing process. The average age of a REALTOR in the US is … Read More »

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 »

Business Idea for the Young Guns – International Real Estate Listings IDX, Built Within a WordPress Plugin

by Drew Meyers on 6:30 am April 24, 2012

Background: I firmly believe business ideas are worth next to nothing; execution is everything. Additionally, I’ve talked to no fewer than 3 others who are either working on this or have thought about working on it — which is a good sign in my book since it means I’m not the only idiot who thinks there is a market for it. If there aren’t at least 5 or 10 people working on a given idea, it’s probably not a very good idea to begin with. In truth, … Read More »

Feedback on Zoopla's New TV Campaign

by Drew Meyers on 10:28 am August 31, 2011

I’m assuming 99% of the readers of Geek Estate know the major US portals like Zillow, Trulia, Yahoo! Real Estate, and A smaller percentage have probably heard of the likes of Frontdoor and Hotpads. But I would bet very few are familiar with many, if any, international portal sites. While in London about a year ago, I met with Jamie Jaggard and Kyrenia Blanshard at Zoopla, so they are the European portal I’m most familiar with and I’ve tried to keep tabs on them from … Read More »

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