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Open Source CLI (command line interface) for Querying RETS Servers and Searching Metadata

Open Source CLI (command line interface) for Querying RETS Servers and Searching Metadata

Props to Ari Summer for releasing an open source CLI (command line interface) for querying RETS servers and searching metadata. The gem is built on top of the rets gem, which handles the actual querying and parsing of the RETS server requests. You can download and clone the repo on GitHub: https://github.com/summera/retscli…

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How A Bot Reduced Our Workload By 80%

How A Bot Reduced Our Workload By 80%

As both Drew and now Nathan have written, there is a lot of nascent interest in bots for real estate. Most technologists tend to focus on the consumer-facing use cases: helping buyers figure out which homes to look at, answering basic questions about listings, etc. At…

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Bots, Aren’t So Elementary, Watson

Bots, Aren’t So Elementary, Watson

Bot, Why? Sherlock Holmes once said, “It is my business to know what other people don’t.” Real estate agents can certainly attest to this as they are inundated with requests from prospective home buyers and sellers for information. This information is a real estate agent’s most valuable…

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Bots, and Real Estate

Bots, and Real Estate

Some of you may have heard the recent news Facebook launched a bot platform for messenger (see GeekWire post here). The developers/technologists reading should head over and learn more here: https://messengerplatform.fb.com/ What are some of the uses for the bot platform in a real estate context? How…

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Need Development Work by a Senior Rails Architect?

Need Development Work by a Senior Rails Architect?

Finding trusted developers is a challenge I hear fairly frequently from real estate entrepreneurs I speak to. I know a trusted senior Rails/backend engineer (here in Seattle if location matters to you) looking for contract work at the moment. Shoot me an email at drew at…

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Cloud MLX (via a Hack Week)

Cloud MLX (via a Hack Week)

W&R Studios team worked on a MLS search app, called Cloud MLX, at a recent “hack week”… the presentation is below. Read more about the hack week project in part 1 here and part 2 here.

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Parse Shuts Down – Alternatives?

Parse Shuts Down – Alternatives?

Parse is a “backend as a service”, supported by Facebook. We actually had been talking about switching the server side of Horizon to Parse off and on for the past year. It does geo fairly well out of the box (which is one of the areas we…

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My Experience at the RETSLY / Zillow Hackathon

My Experience at the RETSLY / Zillow Hackathon

I meant to write this immediately following my return from the Zip.Code Retsly Hackathon but I think I literally needed this much time to catch up on the sleep I deprived myself of, over the course of the 34 straight hours I was at the event……

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Need iOS Development Help?

Need iOS Development Help?

If you’re currently working on an iOS app, or need a new one built from scratch, and short on development resources — I know a junior iOS engineer who is looking for some contract work right now. Shoot me an email if you’re interested. drew…

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A New Tool for Data Aggregation (for Non-Developers) – Knime

A New Tool for Data Aggregation (for Non-Developers) – Knime

Early on at Zillow, I used Yahoo! Pipes as a way to aggregate and filter web results with zero actual programming knowledge (Pipes was mentioned by Justin in this article from 2010). It was a cool tool back in the day. Fast forward several years,…

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