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Looking Back on 2021

Looking Back on 2021

[Editor’s Note: We publish a Weekly Transmission for GEM members, a series of long-form articles covering the spectrum from shipping container co-living spaces to the battle for listing acquisition in the first iBuyer world war. Below, I look back on a year that saw the end of Zillow…

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Revolutionizing Real Estate: How Mobile 3D LiDAR will Change the Industry

Revolutionizing Real Estate: How Mobile 3D LiDAR will Change the Industry

[Editor’s note: Originally published on Proptech Consulting.] The past few years have been a case study in finding creative solutions for unpredictable situations. The spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted global market conditions for every industry segment. Because of the fundamental need for shelter,…

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Filling the Emerging iBuyer Vacuum

Filling the Emerging iBuyer Vacuum

[Note from editor: We publish a Weekly Transmission for GEM members, a series of long-form articles covering the spectrum from shipping container co-living spaces to the battle for listing acquisition in the first iBuyer world war. Below is this month’s sample Transmission.] NOVEMBER MONTHLY TRANSMISSION BY DREW…

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The real problem with the real estate industry

The real problem with the real estate industry

[Editor’s note: Originally published on Selling Later.] The industry makes you think new selling services are the problem, but we believe those conversations distract from the bigger issue, and that issue is Gatekeeping. As a consumer, you think of real estate like this… Sellers and buyers…

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Zillbnb

Zillbnb

[Editor’s note: Originally published on Not Boring, a weekly newsletter combining current events, strategy, finance and economics frameworks, and pop culture.] Ancient Athens With Modern Amenities Last year, my wife, Puja, and I decided to search for a house in Athens, New York, right across…

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Real Estate Needs TLC, Too

Real Estate Needs TLC, Too

[Note from the editor: We publish a Weekly Transmission for Geek Estate Mastermind members that consists of long-form articles covering the spectrum from shipping container co-living spaces to the battle for listing acquisition in the first iBuyer world war. Below is a sample Transmission about a company I’m…

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We Might Know What’s in Store for the Moving Industry by Studying the Great Recession

We Might Know What’s in Store for the Moving Industry by Studying the Great Recession

There are a lot of what I call “business edge-cases” in the post-pandemic world we live in right now, and moving compares are definitely among the most interesting.  Why? Because the US government hasn’t given a federal mandate on what constitutes an “essential business”, yet…

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Cities and Zoning: the Conundrum

Cities and Zoning: the Conundrum

Tim Hedberg from Motivo produced a short documentary about the exodus of families from urban centers like Seattle and the role zoning plays in that trend. While zoning is intended to create more affordable housing in large cities in response to growing demand, many families are being priced out…

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COVID-19, Real Estate and Living Through History

COVID-19, Real Estate and Living Through History

[Editor’s note: Originally published on Union Street Media.] This week feels like we are living through history. Last week at this time, I was in Las Vegas for the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World Conference.  Today, I’m writing to you from my attic.  So…

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Technology Can’t Turn Red Into Black (Part 2)

Technology Can’t Turn Red Into Black (Part 2)

Is Red really the new Black? It’s a catchy phrase and it reflects the apparent sentiment of some of the bigger players and their backers. Along with the other term used in the same discussion, “sustained unprofitability”, it posits that Success in the real estate…

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