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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 for Remain was upturned by a narrow a Leave victory,

Can A Yelp for Apartments Work?

Can A Yelp for Apartments Work?

Congrats to long time reader Yale Fox, the CEO of RentLogic, for the writeup in Bloomberg. I totally believe there to be interest in dirty laundry being aired about apartments (units & buildings) a tenant is about to spend thousands of dollars a month to live in. That said, I’m not without concerns on the business

ERA Express Sell… – GeekEstate Blog

ERA Express Sell… – GeekEstate Blog

Looks like brokerages/franchises are going down the path instant offers in order to help their agents win more listings (as I guessed). ERA is joining the mix (Inman coverage here) that includes Zillow, Redfin, Opendoor, Easyknock, and OfferPad (and others). PS: I found the following video from September of 2016, so this concept has been in

The Addition of Nextdoor to the Zillow Group Network?

The Addition of Nextdoor to the Zillow Group Network?

You may have seen the news that Nextdoor is releasing a new feature allowing agents to advertise themselves and their properties on the Nextdoor website (Inman coverage). I think they’ll learn what we learned at Zillow early on: self serve for agents doesn’t really work. (maybe, 10 years later, that’s changed) What if Zillow Premiere Agent

Fifth Wall = The Next Real Estate Accelerator

Fifth Wall = The Next Real Estate Accelerator

Fifth Wall, a VC firm based in LA that has raised over $200M, is entering real estate accelerator game (see TechCrunch). The program’s goal: Fifth Wall’s Accelerator Program is a 12-month program designed to help early-stage companies: (1) get introduced to real estate companies and potential customers, (2) leverage our team’s & our strategic LPs real estate

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 proposition buyers will care about. I’ve long been a fan

Apple, HomeKit, and Smart Homes

Apple, HomeKit, and Smart Homes

Drew Meyers Founder of Geek Estate Blog / Geek Estate Labs. Zillow Alum. Travel addict & co-founder of Horizon. Social entrepreneurship & microfinance advocate. Fan of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Kiva.  view profileHorizon |Blog | Archives Eric Boyenga Partner of the Boyenga Team at KW in Silicon Valley. Branded by Zillow as a “NextGenAgent” and

Zillow Invests in Virtual Staging App Hutch

Zillow Invests in Virtual Staging App Hutch

Zillow made their first financial “investment”. $10 million in Hutch. It’s clear Zillow is a just a tad interested in the home improvement space. It seems they feel the need to make another bet other than Zillow Digs (which I’ve long been a fan of) against Houzz (and others). I played with the app a bit today, and

Amazon and Real Estate – GeekEstate Blog

Amazon and Real Estate – GeekEstate Blog

Amazon supposedly has their sights on real estate (via HousingWire). From a brand perspective, how far away is Amazon from being thought of as the “place to go to find a local contractor”? Really far. How far away are they from being thought of as the “place to find a service professional” (used once every