Tag Archive: Homeowners’ Advice

Realtors See Their Donated Dollars in Brick & Mortar

Giveback Homes Members from all over the U.S. traveled to Nicaragua for one shared goal: To build a home for Josefa and her family. I was joined by Matt Curtis, Rebecca Brooks, Carrie Hill, Madison Hildebrand, Audie Chamberlain, Jeri Moran, Shaun Rawls, and Giveback Homes Founder, Blake Andrews. Everyone made a donation towards Josefa’s home, and then got to see their dollars translated into bags of cement and piles of cinder block. As a Member, 100% of all donations go directly to our building projects; none is … Read More »

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Blogging…Local Market Analysis

Do you write weekly or monthly market analysis pieces on your own blog or website? If so, would you publish them elsewhere for added exposure? If not, would a place to publish with more eyeballs be enticing enough to get you to write them regularly? From Suzanne Roy: Hey! Realtor.com® is looking for great REALTOR® bloggers!! Realtor.com® and one of our News Corp sister companies is looking for a number of REALTORS® across the country who can contribute to a national feature we are developing jointly … Read More »

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Redfin: A Discount Brokerage 10 Years Later

Any entrepreneur interested in trying to reduce or cut out agent commissions should read this article about Redfin on the SeattleTimes. Redfin has had eight rounds of venture funding since 2005 totaling $167.8 million, according to Crunchbase. Redfin after 10 years still has less than a 3 percent market share on its home turf. To say it’s been a marathon for Redfin, is an understatement. Entrepreneurs: you should also read this post, and every one of the comments.

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NAR – Stop wasting hundreds of millions of our money!

NAR, start asking your members what they want before jumping headfirst into huge expensive projects. Take a survey, see what members actually need and want. After all, you are in business to support your members. RPR is an example of this. According to Inman, NAR has spent $106 million on RPR since 2009. RPR was supposed to be earning enough revenue to break even as of 3 years ago, but I believe revenue to date is under $1,000,000, so not even close. It was obvious RPR … Read More »

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Being Shut Off from External APIs: Blessing or Curse?

As a startup, you often have no choice but to build on external APIs or platforms. In real estate, you’re almost always reliant on IDX/MLS data. Or WordPress. Or Drupal. Or Facebook. Or Twitter. Etc. There are, of course, massive advantages to building on top of other systems. But, doing so makes you dependent on a partner who you have zero control over who can change their mind/policies at any moment. If you’re building, or thinking about building, on top of any external platform, I wrote … Read More »

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San Francisco Tomorrow through Wednesday (20th)

I’ll be in San Francisco tomorrow (May 15) until the evening of Wednesday (20th). I always like meeting people who read the blog in person — are you in the Bay Area? Send me an email (drew at horizonapp co)…or, do the following: Download Horizon from an iPhone or iPad, and set your lives in city in settings (you can also set host side settings from our web app) Enter the group unlock code: geekestate2015

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The Swanepoel T3 Tech Guide – Software Edition

It’s perplexing how often real estate industry questions are referred to social media for answers.  Some of the most basic questions of brokerage model, pay structure, technology tools, and marketing systems lack a unified research database where brokers and agents can begin their searches on an objective playing field. In lieu of a go-to guide, we use personal references, anecdotes, and one-line Facebook comments and hope that the general consensus is the right answer for our businesses. That’s the gaping hole that the T3 Tech Guide is hoping … Read More »

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Pondering the Future

Geek Estate was started almost 8 years ago, July of 2007. Wow, that’s a long time ago. The amount of time I’ve personally invested in this is absurd. But I’ve generally loved every second of it. As most of you know, I’ve been working on Horizon for quite some time (7 weeks on the app store, but it’s been a work in progress for over a year). Some of you know I’ve largely been bootstrapping the company with various consulting projects in the real estate industry. Some of … Read More »

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And…Tesla Enters the Real Estate Industry. Kind Of.

The Powerwall Home Battery is coming to a home near you. Via NPR: In an ambitious bid to move beyond the electric car market, Tesla has announced that it will start selling large batteries to let homeowners store electricity. The Powerwall home battery starts at $3,000. Elon Musk has proved numerous times that he can make gigantic dents in numerous industries. A next generation battery certainly could impact home owners is a massive, massive way over the coming years. I’m willing to bet we’ll see … Read More »

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Is “Find an Agent” the Next Big Opportunity for the Real Estate Industry?

In 1981 Al Ries and Jack Trout published Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind. The marketing book became an instant classic. The authors were the first to suggest that consumers have room for just one “leader” in their minds for any given product or service. Safe cars? Volvo. Ketchup? Heinz. And more recently: Search? Google. Electric cars? Tesla. Ries and Trout further suggested that mindshare leaders tend to dominate their markets for as long as their products and services remain relevant. It follows then that the … Read More »

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