Recent Articles by Teke Wiggin

Brexit pin on a man's jacket Brexit is impacting U.S. real estate, realtor.com data suggest

Brexit is impacting U.S. real estate, realtor.com data suggest

Brexit may have given a lift to the U.S. housing market by putting downward pressure on mortgage rates. But a study conducted on behalf of Inman suggests it's also had a cooling effect on international interest in U.S. real estate, particularly from ...
By Teke Wiggin | 11 hours ago
A view of Santiago Calatrava's World Trade Center Transportation Hub "Oculus" New dotloop integrations could save agents time

New dotloop integrations could save agents time

Some real estate agents who use dotloop, the transaction management platform owned by Zillow Group, will now be able to avoid re-entering the same information as often, potentially freeing them up to spend more time helping clients ......
By Teke Wiggin | 11 hours ago
A young man giving advice to a young couple How to deal with buyer clients making lowball offers

How to deal with buyer clients making lowball offers

The home was perfect for the agent's client. Listed at $389,000, the property was close to her top choice school (where she wanted her son to attend). And with the lowest price-per-square foot in the area, it could only be described as a bargain. The...
By Teke Wiggin | Thursday, September 29, 2016
A boa constrictor in a tree ‘I couldn’t find my boa constrictor’: Clients say the darndest things

‘I couldn’t find my boa constrictor’: Clients say the darndest things

Gloria Commiso, a Hermosa Beach, California-based Realtor, was about to kick off an open house when she received an alarming call from the home's owner. "I couldn't find my boa constrictor," the client said. As far as Commiso was concerned, that was ...
By Teke Wiggin | Monday, September 26, 2016
A Bank of America sign at night Bank of America’s listing portal is mobile-friendly and powered by Xome

Bank of America’s listing portal is mobile-friendly and powered by Xome

The country's second-largest bank recently unveiled a mobile-friendly redesign of its listing search tool, modernizing a tool that feeds leads to a network of "member brokers" and has existed in some form since at least ......
By Teke Wiggin | Thursday, September 22, 2016
A low-angle view of trees in the forest Redefy, a high-tech discount brokerage, made the Inc. 500 list like this

Redefy, a high-tech discount brokerage, made the Inc. 500 list like this

For every startup brokerage touting innovative technology and low rates that announces it’s taking its market by storm, there are dozens of failed attempts showcasing the challenges to such a feat. Many of those brokerages never find their footing,...
By Teke Wiggin | Wednesday, September 21, 2016
A man's hands selecting tools Franchise tech: What you get from Windermere Real Estate

Franchise tech: What you get from Windermere Real Estate

Real estate agents at brokerages affiliated with Windermere Real Estate typically pay $68 a month for a company-wide “social” customer relationship management system (CRM), CMA (comparative market analysis) tools, agent website and intranet acces...
By Teke Wiggin | Tuesday, September 20, 2016
A chess board showing a merged king Market Leader buys Diverse Solutions from Zillow Group

Market Leader buys Diverse Solutions from Zillow Group

The latest move has just been revealed in the game of chess that comprises real estate mergers and acquisitions: Zillow Group sold IDX (internet data exchange) platform Diverse Solutions to Market Leader ......
By Teke Wiggin | Monday, September 19, 2016
Jaromir Chalabala / Shutterstock.com HomeDisclosure digs up home death data

HomeDisclosure digs up home death data

Some homebuyers recently received a head-turning come-on in their email inboxes: "Unlock Death in Home Information with HomeDisclosure Today." Intrigued ......
By Teke Wiggin | Friday, September 9, 2016
A man using a virtual reality headset Virtual home tours company iStaging raises $5 million

Virtual home tours company iStaging raises $5 million

3-D virtual home tours may not have gone mainstream yet -- in part because they typically require special equipment and know-how to produce. Taiwan-based iStaging is one startup that may help bring the technology to the masses by making it possible t...
By Teke Wiggin | Tuesday, September 6, 2016
ABB Photo_383637829 SoloPro doubles real estate fees and rebrands to GoldenKey

SoloPro doubles real estate fees and rebrands to GoldenKey

SoloPro, a marketplace that lets consumers hire agents to perform one-off or bundled services for flat fees, has rebranded to GoldenKey, with the aim of projecting an image that's more inclusive of real estate agents. Also, in a hat tip to agents, So...
By Teke Wiggin | Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Diego Barbieri / Shutterstock.com Compass storms San Francisco after snapping up top agents

Compass storms San Francisco after snapping up top agents

Hot on the heels of a $1 billion-plus valuation, high-tech brokerage Compass has blitzed into San Francisco, launching an office led by elite agents from two national real estate brands. The launch comes after an aggressive push by Compass to vacuum ...
By Teke Wiggin | Friday, September 2, 2016
Businessmen exchanging money on the street Compass gets $1 billion-plus valuation in latest funding round

Compass gets $1 billion-plus valuation in latest funding round

Compass, a high-tech brokerage, has raised an additional $75 million in a funding round that values the company at more than $1 billion, according to a person familiar with the deal. Compass will use the truckload of cash to "to accelerate our growth...
By Teke Wiggin | Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Rawpixel.com / Shutterstock.com Abodo, a rental search site, raises additional $4.8 million

Abodo, a rental search site, raises additional $4.8 million

Consumers who search for homes online typically have to input their property search preferences and then fish out possible matches from a pool of listing search results. But what if they could get someone to do that for them -- and for free? That's a...
By Teke Wiggin | Wednesday, August 31, 2016
A stack of $100 bills Discount brokerage gets $100M more from billionaire founder

Discount brokerage gets $100M more from billionaire founder

“$200 million is no problem for Mr. Sekiguchi,” said billionaire real estate developer Takeshi Sekiguchi, speaking of himself in the third person about his investment in SRE Matrix, which is a discount brokerage that he founded in 2014. SRE stand...
By Teke Wiggin | Tuesday, August 30, 2016
One sunflower standing tall in a field MetaProp NYC announces the 8 real estate tech startups in its 2016 class

MetaProp NYC announces the 8 real estate tech startups in its 2016 class

Want to spot the next technologies likely to impact real estate? Take a peek under the hoods of real estate startup accelerators. The accelerator MetaProp NYC has served up the latest tea leaves for industry tech prognosticators, announcing 2016 enro...
By Teke Wiggin | Thursday, August 25, 2016
Agent_Using_Casamatic Casamatic’s search product helps agents find more listing matches for buyers

Casamatic’s search product helps agents find more listing matches for buyers

Some real estate agents ask clients to fill out a quiz so they can home in on the sort of neighborhood and property those clients are seeking. Casamatic, a property-matching service covering the Cincinnati area with plans to expand to other markets, ...
By Teke Wiggin | Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Brent Wong / Shutterstock.com UtilityScore shows how home improvement projects reduce utilities costs

UtilityScore shows how home improvement projects reduce utilities costs

Consumers who snag homes that look like bargains sometimes make an unpleasant discovery: High gas, electric and water bills that bite into any savings on property price. UtilityScore previously rolled out scores to help consumers avoid these rude sur...
By Teke Wiggin | Monday, August 22, 2016