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A Look Back on Real Estate Innovation in 2017

A Look Back on Real Estate Innovation in 2017

At the end of last year, I wrote a few real estate innovation predictions for 2017. The topics I predicted would see the most innovation: AI CityBldr Premier Agent Concierge Trusted Curation + Real Estate Search CRMs Partial Home Ownership In this week’s private newsletter for…

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Bitcoin + Real Estate = Boom or Bust

Bitcoin + Real Estate = Boom or Bust

[Note from Editor: Originally published on Miamism] The subject of cryptocurrencies is HOT right now!! And when it comes to real estate, it’s going viral.  In Miami, it’s about which agents are versed in crypto and which sellers are willing to price their properties in Bitcoin – ultimately…

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Why I’m Bullish on Redfin

Why I’m Bullish on Redfin

I’ve written about Redfin before, most recently regarding their IPO and the IDX SEO issue. (disclosure: I own a small number of shares). I spent some time looking at their S-1, looking at their current product, and thinking through their future. They face a hard road strife with many…

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The Plan to Save Real Estate. A Flawed Plan from the Beginning.

The Plan to Save Real Estate. A Flawed Plan from the Beginning.

I saw the following quote from Greg Hague (the architect of the Plan to Save Real Estate” campaign) on Inman: Sellers count on us to sell their homes… yet we (as an industry) don’t control any major website where buyers search for homes. This is…

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Bob Goldberg’s First Video as NAR CEO

Bob Goldberg’s First Video as NAR CEO

New NAR CEO Bob Goldberg’s first video [via 1000watt’s email]: Honestly, I have no real opinion of Bob. Never met him, and haven’t spoken about him with anyone who knows/works with him. “Smart changes”? “Improve the lines of communication”? “Concentrated effort to stay in touch regularly”?…

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Years Of British Ridiculousness Pave The Way For UK PropTech Boom

Years Of British Ridiculousness Pave The Way For UK PropTech Boom

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…

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Redfin’s IPO & Brokerages

Redfin’s IPO & Brokerages

Rob Hahn has some follow up thoughts on Redfin’s coming IPO as it relates to brokerages that I’d highly recommend reading (if you care about such things as the future of brokerages). A few of my own thoughts… 1. In Seattle, I’ve heard two primary things about…

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What Would An Amazon Strategy for Brokerages/Franchises Entail?

What Would An Amazon Strategy for Brokerages/Franchises Entail?

You probably heard the news about the acquisition of Whole Foods by Amazon ($13.7 billion). It’s a big deal — Amazon just secured their biggest and best customer for their grocery services. Honestly, Amazon’s strategy and execution are beyond comprehension. For the curious, there’s some great analysis of…

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The Flow of Power — Online vs Offline

The Flow of Power — Online vs Offline

The physical world and online world differ in a massive way when it comes to the flow of power. From the Exponent podcast about podcasting and centralization: In the offline world, power flows from controlling supply. In the online world, power flows from controlling demand….

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Older and More Jaded

Older and More Jaded

As I’ve grown older, I’ve grown more jaded — and I think that’s come through more than I’d like in my writing recently. There’s a fine line between negative and truthful. I’ve never wanted Geek Estate to push “rah rah every one, every startup, and every idea…

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