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 | 10 hours ago
Sample WebsiteBox postcard New app grabs MLS data for print marketing campaigns

New app grabs MLS data for print marketing campaigns

Print marketing is not dead, and apparently even the newest companies are getting in on the action. Real estate tech startup WebsiteBox is now offering its agent and broker website customers an app that will help them create their own ......
By Inman News | 15 hours ago
32Best Agent-ranking site crunches online reviews, social media

Agent-ranking site crunches online reviews, social media

The roots of many real estate tech startups can be traced back to experiences that left sour tastes in the mouths of their founders. That makes the origins of 32Best somewhat unusual. It sprouted from a real estate success story. Deidre ......
By Teke Wiggin | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
era design tool Tool lets buyers virtually redecorate ERA Real Estate's luxury listings

Tool lets buyers virtually redecorate ERA Real Estate's luxury listings

Imagine you’re browsing listing photos online. The living room of a house you’re interested in looks spacious enough, but its beige walls and worn-out couch make the place look depressing. You wonder, for a moment, what the space might lo...
By Teke Wiggin | Monday, October 20, 2014
Leads image via Shutterstock. Lead 'nurturing' platform now offered as stand-alone software

Lead 'nurturing' platform now offered as stand-alone software

Zurple is now making its lead conversion platform available to agents for $49 a month as a stand-alone software package, without requiring that they buy leads from the company. The new offering, “Conversations by Zurple,” integrates with ...
By Inman News | Monday, October 20, 2014
Mortgaged home image via Shutterstock. Suddenly, Ellie Mae is a $1B company

Suddenly, Ellie Mae is a $1B company

Shares in fast-growing mortgage industry software developer Ellie Mae hit an all-time high today, pushing the Pleasanton, California-based company’s market capitalization over the $1 billion mark. Bloomberg News has reported that the convergenc...
By Inman News | Friday, October 17, 2014
Curved TV displaying an ArXperience 3-D model. Latest 3-D tech triggers vertigo

Latest 3-D tech triggers vertigo

I have a mild fear of heights, so when I peered over the balcony of a luxury apartment located near the top of a high-rise in Miami, naturally I felt a bit dizzy. Except that it wasn’t natural at all. ......
By Teke Wiggin | Friday, October 17, 2014
Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff kicked off the event on Thursday morning. Photo by agent Michael Gardner. Agents flock to Zillow's first national agent conference

Agents flock to Zillow's first national agent conference

Today marks the “most important day in the 10-year history of (Zillow),” Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff told a crowd of more than 1,000 agents at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, where the portal is holding its first-ever national agent conven...
By Paul Hagey | Thursday, October 16, 2014
Screen shot of Trulia's "Get Fresh" sweepstakes home page. Trulia will enter brokers in sweepstakes if they turn on direct listings feed

Trulia will enter brokers in sweepstakes if they turn on direct listings feed

Now that it has agreements to receive listings directly from more than 100 multiple listing services, Trulia says it’s working on getting more brokers to opt in to those feeds. Trulia will enter brokers who authorize their MLS to send their ....
By Paul Hagey | Thursday, October 16, 2014
Screen shot showing detail from myxilimobile.com home page. Why yard signs will never die

Why yard signs will never die

For Sale yard signs will never die, as long as they are turning smartphone-toting buyers into leads. XiLi Mobile, a provider of leads and automated text marketing for real estate agents, says it’s capitalizing on the knowledge and industry conn...
By Inman News | Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Screen shot of agent T.C. Hyatt's profile on Zillow Agent reviews helping Zillow become Google for real estate

Agent reviews helping Zillow become Google for real estate

When top-producing real estate agent T.C. Hyatt gets a lead from Zillow, he’s not sure if it’s because he’s an advertiser with the portal or because consumers are using the platform as their default search site for all things real ...
By Paul Hagey | Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Confidential image via Shutterstock. Don't make these email faux pas with your real estate clients

Don't make these email faux pas with your real estate clients

Emails are, in most transactions, essential and a significant part of the communications among the various parties involved in real estate transactions. While we have each likely had at least one seller or buyer who does not use email, I suspect thos...
By ActiveRain | Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Confidential image via Shutterstock. Don't make these email faux pas with your real estate clients

Don't make these email faux pas with your real estate clients

Emails are, in most transactions, essential and a significant part of the communications among the various parties involved in real estate transactions. While we have each likely had at least one seller or buyer who does not use email, I suspect thos...
By ActiveRain | Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Photo credit: 1000watt.net. More than 400 companies now providing real estate tech

More than 400 companies now providing real estate tech

Marketing, design and strategy firm 1000watt has updated an index that seeks to track every company in the real estate tech space, adding about six dozen newcomers. With the update, the 1000watt Index now includes more than 400 companies in ......
By Inman News | Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Screen shot showing a RealScout search that filters for listings near CalTrain and Google shuttle bus stops. Dark blue markers indicate the closest matches. Show me the homes near surf spots and Google buses

Show me the homes near surf spots and Google buses

Picture an environmentalist who fancies herself an intellectual, yet somehow makes enough that she can afford a wide range of New York City apartments. On the hunt for a new home, she’d like to pinpoint listings within a quarter mile ......
By Teke Wiggin | Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Screen shot of the iPhone version of Howard Hanna's new mortgage app. Image on the left is the home screen; image of the mortgage calculator is on the right. Big real estate brokerage rolls out its own mortgage app

Big real estate brokerage rolls out its own mortgage app

Howard Hanna Real Estate Services’ mortgage division has rolled out a free consumer mobile app for Android and Apple smartphones that facilitates a connection between the real estate brokerage’s clients and its mortgage company’s lo...
By Paul Hagey | Monday, October 13, 2014
Checking email image via Shutterstock. Best practices for achieving Inbox 50

Best practices for achieving Inbox 50

I know someone with an inbox that has over 5,000 messages in it and 1,500 unread emails. Most of it is spam. Ironically, they tend to respond fairly quickly to messages but often lose track of topics over time. ......
By ActiveRain | Monday, October 13, 2014
Checking email image via Shutterstock. Best practices for achieving Inbox 50

Best practices for achieving Inbox 50

I know someone with an inbox that has over 5,000 messages in it and 1,500 unread emails. Most of it is spam. Ironically, they tend to respond fairly quickly to messages but often lose track of topics over time. ......
By ActiveRain | Monday, October 13, 2014