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    An Inside Peek at Knock, and Zillow’s Entry into Purchasing Homes

    by Drew Meyers on April 13, 2018

    Editor’s Note: Below is the Geek Estate Mastermind newsletter #18 from February (this week’s edition was #24). Prospective members often ask for a sample newsletter, so thought I’d post a past edition publicly as an example — particularly given the relevance of Knock’s model to yesterday’s Zillow announcement that they will begin purchasing homes directly. Those of you who know me, know I’ve been advocating for the consumer since I entered this industry as a 23 year old graduate from the University of Washington. “Win the consumer” is what … Read More »

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Meet the Real Estate Tech Founder: Maia Bittner from Pinch

Posted on by Drew Meyers

In our latest real estate tech entrepreneur interview, we’re speaking with Maia Bittner, co-founder of Pinch. Without further ado… What do you do? I’m the cofounder at Pinch, and I work with my cofounder Michael Ducker to run our business and partnerships strategy. He’s more technical than I am, so he leads the product and engineering sides of the company, and I focus more on sales and relationships. I’m really passionate about the zero to one stage of a company: getting things off the ground, … Read More »

A Brand New Horizon Home Page

Posted on by Drew Meyers

A couple weeks ago, we finally deployed the new home page for Horizon. The old home page was more of a “how it works” landing page than an aspirational story showcasing “why you would want to use Horizon”. The goals for the new home page were as follows: Appeal to visitors coming to Seattle Appeal to hosts in Seattle Connect Stay a Night, Give a Night to the Horizon brand Ensure people understand Horizon’s mission of using the power of community to unlock travel opportunities and a community … Read More »

The Opportunity to Buy/Sell “Green”

Posted on by Drew Meyers

Redfin’s analysis/report on the “top green neighborhoods in 2018” adds validation to my longstanding belief there is a major curated search play to be had for green/sustainable homes. This website exists: It’s dated, and doesn’t exude any trust as a consumer. I know someone can, and will, do better. Who is going to capture the green home buyer and seller of the future?

Geek Estate Newsletter #25 – The Waking of the 800 Pound Gorilla(s)

Posted on by Drew Meyers

The purpose of Geek Estate’s mastermind community is two fold: Curate the most incredible and diverse membership of real estate innovators, creatives, doers, and creators in the world. Make our members wildly successful in their careers building real estate companies. In this week’s member newsletter (#25), I talk about the 800 pound gorillas that are awakening: Realogy, Zillow, and BofA. The meat of the article was informed by a talk with ERA’s new CEO, Simon Chen (a longtime read of this blog, and now a … Read More »

Meet the Real Estate Tech Founder: Chad Hall from remodelmate

Posted on by Drew Meyers

In our latest real estate tech entrepreneur interview, we’re speaking with Chad Hall, Founder & CEO of remodelmate. Without further ado… What do you do? I’m the founder and CEO of Washington, DC-based remodelmate. What problem does your product/service solve? At our core, we’re a collaboration company. When we started the company our thesis was: Doing a home or condo renovation sucks because homeowners and contractors don’t know how to effectively work together. So, if we fix that problem, we could make a historically unpleasant experience … Read More »

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