Recent Articles by Jonathan Aizen

A man presenting charts Amitree’s ‘The Chart’ updated for 2016: 381 companies, fundraising and M&A

Amitree’s ‘The Chart’ updated for 2016: 381 companies, fundraising and M&A

It’s that time again! A little more than a year has gone by since we last updated “The Chart,” and there were some notable changes since then (April 2015) ......
By Jonathan Aizen | Friday, June 17, 2016
A barista pouring latte art into a latte Are we losing sight of the ‘latte vision’ in 2016?

Are we losing sight of the ‘latte vision’ in 2016?

It’s April 2016. In the years I’ve been fortunate enough to write this byline, I’ve claimed that vast improvements in the consumer experience of buying a home were right around the corner ......
By Jonathan Aizen | Friday, April 1, 2016
Why real estate agents don’t really want a one-stop-shop solution

Why real estate agents don’t really want a one-stop-shop solution

You've all seen it: the real estate tech vendor pitching their technology as a "one-stop-shop" for agents with the goal of simplifying and streamlining their workflow in all that they do ......
By Jonathan Aizen | Friday, November 13, 2015
2015 real estate ‘techscape’ reveals increased consumer tech, more mature companies

2015 real estate ‘techscape’ reveals increased consumer tech, more mature companies

Our annual "The Chart" project -- which puts the real estate techscape in a visual format -- showed a few big shifts in real estate tech from 2014. Some highlights ......
By Jonathan Aizen | Friday, April 24, 2015
Big opportunity real estate agents are missing post-closing

Big opportunity real estate agents are missing post-closing

Ever since the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released its findings that almost half of homebuyers don't shop around for the best rate on their mortgage, I've been trying to make sense of this revelation. It's not that it's shocking — the fac...
By Jonathan Aizen | Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Why your mistakes are the most valuable components of your business

Why your mistakes are the most valuable components of your business

It was October 2010, and the online marketing industry was experiencing a renaissance of sorts. Tasks that were once performed with phone, fax and spreadsheet were beginning to incorporate automated trading platforms, algorithms and computerized exch...
By Jonathan Aizen | Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Build it wrong to get it right

Build it wrong to get it right

It was October 2010, and the online marketing industry was experiencing a renaissance of sorts. Tasks that were once performed with phone, fax and spreadsheet were beginning to incorporate automated trading platforms, algorithms and computerized exch...
By Jonathan Aizen | Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Millennials need to be wooed

Millennials need to be wooed

We all know that the next generation of homebuyers is critical to replace the last generation if we’re going to keep growing the economy and our own real estate businesses. NAR’s chief economist chalks this up to the student loan ......
By Jonathan Aizen | Monday, November 10, 2014
The most popular real estate apps aren’t even real estate apps. Should we worry?

The most popular real estate apps aren’t even real estate apps. Should we worry?

I often ask real estate agents what their three most important real estate websites or apps are, and I get a surprising mix of answers. Namely, most of them aren’t even real estate apps. Somehow, Gmail, Dropbox, Evernote, Twitter, Facebook, ......
By Jonathan Aizen | Thursday, October 23, 2014
Why Move suddenly became a $1 billion company

Why Move suddenly became a $1 billion company

It’s been a scant three months since Zillow and Trulia announced their pending nuptials, which will bring together the No. 1 and No. 2 players in online home search. Now No. 3 — realtor.com operator Move Inc. — is about ......
By Jonathan Aizen | Thursday, October 9, 2014
$1B invested in real estate tech, with companies bringing innovation to search, discovery leading the pack

$1B invested in real estate tech, with companies bringing innovation to search, discovery leading the pack

Back by popular demand is the Fixing Real Estate-Scape chart, which shows an increase in VC funding, M&A, and public market valuations. We’ve scoured Inman News stories, Angelist, CrunchBase and collected data from SEC filings, and found that since...
By Jonathan Aizen | Friday, May 16, 2014