Recent Articles by Teke Wiggin

A multipurpose tool Now you can search, sign leases and pay rent from one site

Now you can search, sign leases and pay rent from one site

Fitting all the the moving parts of a fragmented transaction process into a single choo-choo train to closing has long been the aspiration of real estate tech entrepreneurs. RadPad may have just delivered -- to renters, at least. Thanks to new integr...
By Teke Wiggin | Friday, July 22, 2016
Rays of sun breaking through a cloud Digital marketing is a blessing and a curse for agents

Digital marketing is a blessing and a curse for agents

Arlington, Virginia-based Realtor Coral Gundlach spent $100 to $200 marketing a listing when she entered the business in 2004. Today, she sometimes shells out more than ten times that amount ......
By Teke Wiggin | Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Data warehouse RealtyTrac unveils Attom Data Warehouse and rebrands

RealtyTrac unveils Attom Data Warehouse and rebrands

RealtyTrac Data Solutions -- the operator of RealtyTrac, Homefacts.com and Home Disclosure -- has unveiled an expansive property database that the company says delivers its data with more speed and flexibility to enterprise customers, which range fro...
By Teke Wiggin | Monday, July 18, 2016
Stephen Cooley Real Estate Group staff photo Teams banned from using 'real estate' in names by another state

Teams banned from using 'real estate' in names by another state

Stephen Cooley says he's sunk millions of dollars into marketing his team, the “Stephen Cooley Real Estate Group," for 20 years. The name appears on his team's moving truck, billboard and myriad paraphernalia. But a bill recently passed by South Ca...
By Teke Wiggin | Monday, July 18, 2016
AREAIncubator_HeroImage Members of real estate dynasty behind latest industry accelerator

Members of real estate dynasty behind latest industry accelerator

Here’s one sign investors are hot for real estate tech: A new real estate accelerator found and recruited one startup off social media. John Henry, program director of real estate tech accelerator AREA, said he's “proactively sourcing" startups. ...
By Teke Wiggin | Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Roads heading in different directions Should buyers make offers on multiple homes at once?

Should buyers make offers on multiple homes at once?

The bidding wars convulsing many real estate markets are reportedly driving more homebuyers to adopt a somewhat cynical tactic: making offers on multiple homes at once. Is the tactic kosher? Some agents shake their heads vigorously, condemning the pr...
By Teke Wiggin | Thursday, July 7, 2016
Syda Productions / Shutterstock.com Debt-payment tool could help agents add more value

Debt-payment tool could help agents add more value

Real estate agents are teachers, and their wisdom doesn’t have to putter out at the closing table: they can also leave clients with lessons for the future. Like how to manage mortgage debt. That’s where startup Earnup can come in handy. It helps ...
By Teke Wiggin | Thursday, July 7, 2016
San Francisco City Hall lit up in rainbow colors Agent sites can get burst of local color from news startup

Agent sites can get burst of local color from news startup

A homebuyer might know she likes the size and layout of a property in San Francisco's Castro District by looking at the property's online listing. But would she know that the home is located in a "beacon of diversity" with an equality mural, cycling ...
By Teke Wiggin | Wednesday, July 6, 2016
A cracked egg 7 of the most frustrating deal-breakers ever

7 of the most frustrating deal-breakers ever

The tendency for humans to make dumb or unknowable decisions has torpedoed countless real estate transactions. But while some silly, frustrating or nefarious behavior can't be helped, real estate agents who know how human fallibility tends to manifes...
By Teke Wiggin | Friday, July 1, 2016
A New York City subway station Trulia now letting renters find listings near public transit stations

Trulia now letting renters find listings near public transit stations

Some home hunters are more interested in access to public transit than landing in a specific neighborhood. With that in mind, Trulia has added a filter that lets renters zero in on listings based on their proximity to bus, rail or subway stati...
By Teke Wiggin | Thursday, June 30, 2016
Red flags Homefacts now alerts buyers when homes take turn for the worse

Homefacts now alerts buyers when homes take turn for the worse

Imagine a homebuyer is scheduled to close on the perfect home, but then a sex offender moves in nearby or an adjacent property is registered as a former drug lab. She might not discover these changes until she’s already bought the property, potenti...
By Teke Wiggin | Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Passengers commuting to work via train Redfin rating properties by 'opportunity'

Redfin rating properties by 'opportunity'

In partnership with a White House initiative, Redfin has unveiled property ratings designed to help consumers pinpoint homes that offer short, low-cost commutes to lots of jobs. Redfin's "Opportunity Scores" are meant, in part, to promote economic mo...
By Teke Wiggin | Tuesday, June 28, 2016
ConsumerMLS_HeroImage Homeowners can now sell on MLS for no listing fee

Homeowners can now sell on MLS for no listing fee

What if joe-six-pack could market a home to the full universe of potential buyers and sell his property without spending a dime? Well, now he can. USRealty.com, whose CEO previously founded and sold one of the most popular for-sale-by-owner (FSBO) we...
By Teke Wiggin | Monday, June 27, 2016
New Story's Brett Hagler (center) accepts a check from Sherry Chris (left) and Alex Perriello (right). The best real estate startup is a non-profit, Realogy leaders rule

The best real estate startup is a non-profit, Realogy leaders rule

Presenting on stage at a startup competition hosted by one of real estate's largest corporations, a young man made a heartfelt request: "I would ask the real estate leaders in here to consider supporting a charity that’s trying to push forward the ...
By Teke Wiggin | Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Thirteen / Shutterstock.com How NAR is trying to shape the smart home industry

How NAR is trying to shape the smart home industry

As more and more smart thermostats, remote-control locks and even Internet-connected refrigerators pop up in homes, smart home technology continues to take on an increasingly important role in the lives of real estate agents, homebuyers and selle...
By Teke Wiggin | Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Eakachai Leesin / Shutterstock.com Want to be a go-to source of events? This calendar hub can help

Want to be a go-to source of events? This calendar hub can help

Marina Kolmer, a New Rochelle, New York-based associate broker at Houlihan Lawrence, believes in burnishing her brand by sharing local news and events with her network. Recently, she found a way to really nail this tactic: by advertising with a servi...
By Teke Wiggin | Monday, June 20, 2016
A woman wearing virtual reality goggles For buyer's agents: 3-D tours in 15 minutes

For buyer's agents: 3-D tours in 15 minutes

Real estate agents have mostly only produced 3-D home tours in service to homesellers so far, wowing prospects and sometimes reducing how often clients must vacate their properties for showings. But a European 3-D provider has introduced a pro...
By Teke Wiggin | Friday, June 17, 2016
StreetEasy_LinkNYC2016_2 Free WiFi tied to listing ads in NYC

Free WiFi tied to listing ads in NYC

StreetEasy wants to stop New Yorkers in their tracks. New Yorkers breezing by many of the Big Apple's new WiFi stations are in for a dose of listing ads from the New York City-area listing portal ......
By Teke Wiggin | Friday, June 17, 2016