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Geek Estate Mastermind Newsletter #30 – AI and Home Search and eXp Realty Listing on the NASDAQ

Geek Estate Mastermind Newsletter #30 – AI and Home Search and eXp Realty Listing on the NASDAQ

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. This week’s member newsletter (#30) touched…

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CoreLogic, Consumer MLS Websites, and Playing to Win

CoreLogic, Consumer MLS Websites, and Playing to Win

CoreLogic is now offering consumer search sites powered by Homes.com to their MLS clients. I honestly don’t get understand why any MLS would spend time and money on a consumer search website. From CoreLogic, Homes.com, or any other provider. My core question is are MLS’ playing…

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Geek Estate Newsletter #26 – Are you Selling Green?

Geek Estate Newsletter #26 – Are you Selling Green?

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…

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The Opportunity to Buy/Sell “Green”

The Opportunity to Buy/Sell “Green”

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,…

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Broker Public Portal Comes to NWMLS / Seattle

Broker Public Portal Comes to NWMLS / Seattle

It’s been awhile since we’ve talked about Broker Public Portal here (now a joint venture with Homesnap). Just this month, Homesnap raised $14 million. A few stats: 21 million consumers used the Homesnap site/app in 2017 8.5 million consumers engaged with agents on the Homesnap site/app…

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How NAR got around the DOJ settlement by discouraging VOWs and hiding listings.

How NAR got around the DOJ settlement by discouraging VOWs and hiding listings.

According to NAR there has been a lot of speculation recently about the 2008 settlement agreement between the DOJ and NAR. Even though NAR reached an agreement with the DOJ, they successfully discouraged most brokers from using a VOWs by allowing the MLS to charge…

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The “Pitch” to Download an Agent App

The “Pitch” to Download an Agent App

I received a “pitch” from a Keller Williams agent to download their app this morning… Customized tools to bring you the best experience in real estate search. Are you curious about what’s for sale in your community? Would you like to peek inside that house…

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Will VOWs Go the Way of the Dark Ages?

Will VOWs Go the Way of the Dark Ages?

There’s a fantastic article on the topic of VOWs that Inman published last week. It’s written by David Kully, an antitrust partner for Holland & Knight LLP. Mr. Kully worked for 18 years at the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he played a central role…

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RealScout Making All the Right Moves

RealScout Making All the Right Moves

I’m extremely impressed with what I’ve seen from RealScout. Some of you may have watched the interview with Bob Goldberg, conducted by RealScout’s CEO, Andrew Flachner (see his founder interview from 2014 here). If not, head over to Facebook and watch it here. The fact Andrew…

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Truepad – Showcasing the “Best Valued Homes”

Truepad – Showcasing the “Best Valued Homes”

I spent some time looking at TruePad, a real estate portal only available in Chicago (Inman coverage here). “Find the best valued homes”. I like it. Unlike the majority of approaches I see (aka search for home in city X), that actually seems like a differentiated value…

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