Recent Articles by Teke Wiggin

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
Lestertair/Shutterstock Do strip clubs actually hurt property values?

Do strip clubs actually hurt property values?

Nowhere in the idyllic world of the American Dream is the quintessential family's fully-furnished ranch style surrounded by a white picket fence and also listed as "conveniently located next to a strip club." But in real life, agents handling client ...
By Teke Wiggin | Thursday, August 18, 2016
AirBnBHero Zumper weaves in Airbnb listings, stakes claim in Canada

Zumper weaves in Airbnb listings, stakes claim in Canada

As the line between short and long-term grows murkier, Zumper, a rental search site, has woven Airbnb listings and other short-term rentals into its search experience. "This is what today’s millennial renter is demanding," said Zumper CEO Anthemos ...
By Teke Wiggin | Wednesday, August 17, 2016
baranq/Shutterstock Real, a virtual brokerage, rolls out agent recruitment program

Real, a virtual brokerage, rolls out agent recruitment program

Agents at Real who recruit another agent to the brokerage can now receive a dollar-for-dollar match of the commission split that Real collects from the recruited agent for one year. The incentive pays out in a manner that's easier to grasp than Kelle...
By Teke Wiggin | Monday, August 15, 2016
A woman stamping a piece of paper Is Location Certified’s neighborhood-quality stamp a marketing tool or trouble for agents?

Is Location Certified’s neighborhood-quality stamp a marketing tool or trouble for agents?

"This home is in a quiet neighborhood with low crime and good schools." Although that may be exactly what many homebuyers want to hear about a property, many agents wouldn't make such a statement for fear of testing fair housing laws. But "Location C...
By Teke Wiggin | Friday, August 12, 2016
Stacks of pennies near dollar bills Most sellers get commission discounts: Redfin

Most sellers get commission discounts: Redfin

There's a widespread perception that real estate agents tend to charge uniform rates, with the typical commission generally thought to hover between 5 percent and 6 percent, depending on the market. But a new study commissioned by Redfin suggests age...
By Teke Wiggin | Wednesday, August 10, 2016
g-stockstudio / Shutterstock.com Facebook and Google share tips for agents

Facebook and Google share tips for agents

Google and Facebook are among the leading marketing channels in real estate, perhaps rivaled only by listing portals in popularity. Here are three pointers for agents that Google and Facebook representatives and a real estate marketing expert shared ...
By Teke Wiggin | Monday, August 8, 2016
A double-exposure shot of a city and some economic graphs 3 lessons for agents unearthed by new economic research

3 lessons for agents unearthed by new economic research

What a person's Facebook friends say about their housing market -- regardless of whether those friends live in that person's neighborhood or 1,000 miles away -- tends to influence what that person believes about local market conditions, new research ...
By Teke Wiggin | Thursday, August 4, 2016
Willyam Bradberry / Shutterstock.com Trulia’s new bot kicks industry trend into full gear

Trulia’s new bot kicks industry trend into full gear

Trulia has rolled out a bot that can dig up rental listings and local information in response to questions asked through Facebook Messenger ......
By Teke Wiggin | Thursday, August 4, 2016
A group of anarchists meeting up together Suing cities and battling Nimbys: The fight for more housing

Suing cities and battling Nimbys: The fight for more housing

"Nimbyism" -- the condition of taking a "not in my backyard" stance towards building -- may be the biggest obstacle to housing development out there. So what better way to promote the construction of more housing units than to champion "Yimbyism" -...
By Teke Wiggin | Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Produktownia / Shutterstock.com Realtor.com sprinkles Yelp data onto listings

Realtor.com sprinkles Yelp data onto listings

Aiming to help homebuyers better screen neighborhoods, not just property listings, realtor.com has sprinkled the listing portal with new community information, including Yelp data on amenities ......
By Teke Wiggin | Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Heart-shaped locks chained to a bridge The 6 texts you should send every online lead

The 6 texts you should send every online lead

Six is the "magic number" when it comes to converting online leads, according to Wendy Forsythe, head of global operations at Carrington Real Estate Services. If you call or text (or both) leads using six scripts within 24 hours of receiving an inqui...
By Teke Wiggin | Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Ammunition -- bullets in a pile Distil Networks, a ‘bad bot’ fighter for real estate websites, gets lots of ammo

Distil Networks, a ‘bad bot’ fighter for real estate websites, gets lots of ammo

As real estate websites grapple with data scrapers, a firm that's dedicated to battling "bad bots" -- sometimes on the behalf of multiple listing services (MLSs) -- has filled its war chest with an additional $21 million ......
By Teke Wiggin | Tuesday, August 2, 2016
pixinoo / Shutterstock.com Which of your contacts will move next? First has answers

Which of your contacts will move next? First has answers

Many agents get so caught up in the online lead craze that they often overlook what some experts say is the most effective use of digital marketing: using the technology to tap existing contacts for business ......
By Teke Wiggin | Monday, August 1, 2016
mamong w / Shutterstock.com Realtor.com operator and REA Group launch global property network

Realtor.com operator and REA Group launch global property network

Realtor.com operator Move and REA Group -- which operates listing portals in 11 countries -- have launched what their parent company, News Corp., says is the "world's largest source of global property listings." The network, hailed by Move CEO Ryan O...
By Teke Wiggin | Friday, July 29, 2016
A man paddling downstream Upstream launches website, pledges unity with MLSs

Upstream launches website, pledges unity with MLSs

Want to learn more about how Upstream works and how the whole project is panning out? Real estate agents can now visit upstreamre.com to review a mission statement and updates on the industry-built real estate data aggregation and distribution platfo...
By Teke Wiggin | Thursday, July 28, 2016