Hellman__Alyssa_ICNY_2014 Alyssa Hellman joins BHGRE Go Realty

Alyssa Hellman joins BHGRE Go Realty

Alyssa Hellman, who shared her wisdom about the “Uberfication of real estate” at the most recent Real Estate Connect conference, has left her position as a sales manager and agent with Long & Foster Real Estate to head up Better ......
By Inman News | 23 hours ago
Screen shot of an Onvedeo automated listing video for a BHGRE 'Distinctive Collection' listing. Realogy franchisor's luxury listings get automated videos

Realogy franchisor's luxury listings get automated videos

Onvedeo, maker of automated listing video tech for real estate brokers and agents, has signed an agreement with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate that gives luxury listings in the Realogy franchisor’s “Distinctive Collection” a ...
By Paul Hagey | Thursday, October 30, 2014
Screen shot from HouseLens promotional video showing a Matterport camera being used to create a 3-D tour. Marketing firm will offer 3-D models to make life easier for agents, sellers

Marketing firm will offer 3-D models to make life easier for agents, sellers

Real estate video marketing provider HouseLens has raised $2 million in a Series A funding round that’ll grease the company’s wheels as it gears up to offer virtual 3-D models and a video walk-through mobile app next year. Nashville, Tennessee-b...
By Teke Wiggin | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Halloween image via Shutterstock. This 'listing' has been staged ... for Halloween

This 'listing' has been staged ... for Halloween

In case you missed the news that Redfin plans to create 3-D virtual tours for all of its listings with the help of tech firm Matterport, the two companies have teamed up on this spine-chilling spoof, just in time for Halloween! ......
By Inman News | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Students image via Shutterstock. Listing search provider adds school ratings to property pages

Listing search provider adds school ratings to property pages

Real estate agent and broker websites that offer Internet data exchange listing search powered by RealtyTech’s IDX123 platform now display school data on listing detail pages. Homebuyers who visit a listing page powered by RealtyTech’s I...
By Inman News | Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Knight image via Shutterstock. Former defense consultant brings 'big data' chops to Black Knight

Former defense consultant brings 'big data' chops to Black Knight

Dan Kenshalo, a longtime “big data” consultant for the U.S. Department of Defense, is now the new head of Black Knight Financial Services’ “innovation laboratory,” part of its data and analytics division. Black Knight, a...
By Inman News | Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Gavel image via Shutterstock. Pocket listings network claims Zillow stole trade secrets

Pocket listings network claims Zillow stole trade secrets

A company that helps agents share information about pocket listings has sued Zillow, claiming the search portal represented itself as a potential investor in order to steal trade secrets and launch a “copycat product,” Zillow’s R...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Monday, October 27, 2014
keyme Kiosks that let you print keys set to pop up around the US

Kiosks that let you print keys set to pop up around the US

KeyMe, a service that lets people store digital copies of their keys and quickly replace them, says it plans to have kiosks in over 100 locations around the country by the end of the year. “To date, we have saved ......
By Inman News | Monday, October 27, 2014
Georgetown, Washington, D.C. image via Shutterstock. Redfin slashes listing fee to 1 percent in nation's capital

Redfin slashes listing fee to 1 percent in nation's capital

Redfin is experimenting with even an deeper discount on its listing fee in the metro Washington, D.C., area to see if it can “offer even more value and still have it make sense for the business,” said Redfin spokeswoman Rachel Musiker. ...
By Teke Wiggin | Monday, October 27, 2014
Lead image via Shutterstock. The most important statistic to consider when paying for leads

The most important statistic to consider when paying for leads

Have you tried paying for online leads and given up in dismay due to the time and effort required? This high-stakes game is not for the weak of heart, and it’s certainly not for the weak of pocketbook. ......
By Bernice Ross | Monday, October 27, 2014
iguide The 3-D virtual tour that's catching on in Canada

The 3-D virtual tour that's catching on in Canada

Some Canadian brokers are embracing a homegrown 3-D virtual tour offering that may become available to American real estate agents next year. Planitar’s “iGuides” are less immersive than some online 3-D tours offered in the U.S., bu...
By Teke Wiggin | Monday, October 27, 2014
Rendering of the Elmhurst, Illinois, development that Redfin will market. Source: Redfin. Redfin signs second homebuilder to custom listing service

Redfin signs second homebuilder to custom listing service

Redfin has begun marketing the listings of a Chicago-area homebuilder, the second company to sign on to a custom listing service for builders the brokerage launched last fall. Redfin Builder Services, a listing service offered by Redfin that promis...
By Inman News | Friday, October 24, 2014
Reverse mortgage image via Shutterstock. And you thought time-lapse video was cool

And you thought time-lapse video was cool

Check out photographer Julian Tryba's "layer-lapse" video, which time-shifts footage of multiple objects or regions within the same scene -- shot at different times of day from the same camera angle -- and plays it all back in a simultaneous flow. W...
By Inman News | Friday, October 24, 2014
Leads image via Shutterstock. ZipRealty giveth leads to Warren Buffett, Realogy-owned ZipRealty taketh away

ZipRealty giveth leads to Warren Buffett, Realogy-owned ZipRealty taketh away

Starting next month, leads generated by ZipRealty’s “Powered by Zip” referral network in the Tucson, Arizona, market will go to a Realogy-owned brokerage, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Arizona, instead of Long Realty, one...
By Inman News | Thursday, October 23, 2014
Magical thinking image via Shutterstock. 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
Listings faucet image via Shutterstock. MLS that withheld listings makes peace with realtor.com

MLS that withheld listings makes peace with realtor.com

Realtor.com now identifies the listing agent on all for-sale listings, and will soon give them the opportunity to provide linkbacks to their own websites from their profile pages on the site, prompting North Alabama Multiple Listing Service to turn i...
By Paul Hagey | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
redfin_walk_score Redfin's first acquisition: Walk Score

Redfin's first acquisition: Walk Score

In its first acquisition, Seattle-based tech brokerage Redfin has scooped up the neighborhood-information site Walk Score, with plans to import the startup’s rental listings and neighborhood data into its website and mobile tools. Terms of the...
By Inman News | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Going paperless image via Shutterstock. Dotloop joins LeadingRE's preferred vendor program

Dotloop joins LeadingRE's preferred vendor program

The more than 500 real estate brokerages that belong to Leading Real Estate Companies of the World now have access to dotloop’s broker platform at an initial annual discount and other perks with the addition of the transaction management platfo...
By Paul Hagey | Tuesday, October 21, 2014