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Make IDX Great Again: Redfin, SEO, and the Broker/Portal Battlefield

Make IDX Great Again: Redfin, SEO, and the Broker/Portal Battlefield

There’s a proposal for NAR to change IDX policy to include a link back to a listing brokerage’s website within every IDX listing display. This has been suggested and supported by Redfin’s Glenn Kelman and WAV Group’s Victor Lund. References: I’m a member of the advisory board that vets these kinds of proposals and potentially moves

AirBnB and Apartment Rentals – GeekEstate Blog

AirBnB and Apartment Rentals – GeekEstate Blog

In 2013, I said the following: Zillow, Trulia, and Move should make sure they don’t get blindsided in the rentals space (by AirBnB) a few years from now. I won’t say “I told you so”, but…there’s a bit of news on the “AirBnB and rentals” topic out of Florida. Read that here. It seems to cement

The Vision for the Geek Estate Community

The Vision for the Geek Estate Community

Regular readers know I’ve been working on a new “Geek Estate” community. What is it? A private community of creatives making real estate, financial independence, & home ownership more accessible using technology. What exactly are we doing? Vision: The community is dedicated to improving the real estate & home ownership process and experience using technology. Mission: Connect those creatives doing

Seattle Startup Week – Real Estate Tech Sessions

Seattle Startup Week – Real Estate Tech Sessions

For the Seattleites reading: Seattle Startup Week is next week (October 2-6). There’s a few real estate tech sessions on the schedule: AI in Real Estate (http://sched.co/CMEY) on Monday at 9 am: Panel with Devyn Cairns (CTO of CityBldr), Sam DeBord (SeattleHomes.com & a regular here at Geek Estate), and Bridget Frey (Redfin CTO). Moderated by Gabriel Jones. The Future of

Meet the Founder: David Zirnhelt from Snap Up Real Estate

Meet the Founder: David Zirnhelt from Snap Up Real Estate

In our latest real estate tech entrepreneur interview, we’re speaking with David Zirnhelt, the founder of Snap Up Real Estate. Without further ado… What do you do? Personally, I’m the founder and full-time business manager of Snap Up Real Estate.  We’re a small team right now, so I do everything from finding and removing spam

TorontoRentals.com Adds VR – GeekEstate Blog

TorontoRentals.com Adds VR – GeekEstate Blog

In March, I said I think we’re early in VR adoption. I still believe that. Torontorentals has added 3d virtual tours to their website. I certainly do think searching rentals are a better initial use for VR than buying a home. Another plus to that use case is consumers are younger — meaning, less likely

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 bad for us AND our clients. We need a website

HouseCanary Raises Another Round, and I Still Don’t Get It

HouseCanary Raises Another Round, and I Still Don’t Get It

HouseCanary raised a series B. $31 million. (via TechCrunch & Inman). From TechCrunch: HouseCanary’s business revolves around selling software to appraisers and real estate investment firms. I’ve never understood their strategy, or differentiator for that matter. I have to admit — I still don’t understand the need for so much funding. A true b2b enterprise sales model

A Strategic Look at Smart Homes

A Strategic Look at Smart Homes

I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about Smart Homes, and who is best positioned in the race to control the home. The players with the best chance are clearly Amazon, Apple, and Google. Of those, I’d say the lead has to go to Amazon at this stage in the game given how well

Walmart and Home Deliveries (without you being home)

Walmart and Home Deliveries (without you being home)

A few minutes after I published my post on Smart Homes, I saw the news that Walmart is testing in-home delivery of packages and groceries (TechCrunch). That means you don’t need to be home when the delivery happens, and the products are left inside your home rather than left on the doorstep for a thief to