nextdoor 'Countless' agents using Nextdoor to cultivate leads

'Countless' agents using Nextdoor to cultivate leads

Nextdoor, the “Facebook for your neighborhood,” turned heads in October when it closed a $60 million funding round. With users in 22,500 U.S. neighborhoods, the firm is gearing up to expand internationally. The company powers neighborhood...
By Teke Wiggin | Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Bright future image via Shutterstock. Real estate tech's excellent adventure in 2013

Real estate tech's excellent adventure in 2013

The real estate tech scene heated up in 2013 as a recovering housing market and the soaring valuations of publicly traded companies like Realogy, Zillow, Trulia and Move Inc. helped coax entrepreneurs and investors into betting on more services that ...
By Teke Wiggin | Monday, December 30, 2013
Screen Shot 2013-12-20 at 4.29.33 PM HomeCanvasr aims to connect buyers with potential sellers

HomeCanvasr aims to connect buyers with potential sellers

In markets with slim pickings, many homebuyers may find themselves wishing they had more options. Jure Miletic believes that in many cases, buyers may have more options than they think. Miletic co-founded HomeCanvasr, a marketplace designed to help ...
By Teke Wiggin | Tuesday, December 24, 2013
floored Floored's 3-D models reinventing virtual home tours

Floored's 3-D models reinventing virtual home tours

Floored aims to transform the way agents communicate space to prospective buyers by replacing static images and constrictive videos with interactive 3-D experiences much like those offered in video games. Using a special scanner and proprietary so...
By Teke Wiggin | Wednesday, December 11, 2013
rapid realty New franchisor: 'We've never been a copycat'

New franchisor: 'We've never been a copycat'

Anthony Lolli’s Rapid Realty has made quite a splash on the real estate scene. Since launching as a franchisor in 2009, the New York-based company now has offices located in cities including Boston, Philadelphia, Miami and San Diego. But Rapid...
By Teke Wiggin | Thursday, October 31, 2013
keyme Never be locked out again: KeyMe copies keys to the cloud

Never be locked out again: KeyMe copies keys to the cloud

KeyMe‘s smartphone app lets you scan digital copies of your keys, so that you can obtain new ones without paying a locksmith to break your lock, and more easily manage or share them. Drawing on a user’s key scan, the ......
By Teke Wiggin | Friday, October 25, 2013
Jenna Weinerman Unpakt lets consumers see guaranteed prices from movers

Unpakt lets consumers see guaranteed prices from movers

Unpakt simplifies the moving process by letting consumers see exact prices for their planned schleps. Site users enter their moving parameters through what the company’s marketing director, Jenna Weinerman, calls a “game-like inventory e...
By Teke Wiggin | Thursday, October 17, 2013
apartable avishai weiss Rental site promises 'no bullshit' [VIDEO]

Rental site promises 'no bullshit' [VIDEO]

If you visit Apartable, a New York City rental listing site, its founder, Avishai Weiss, says you will never find something that he says typically plagues rental sites: bullshit. Learn how Apartable brings transparency to the rental market by caref...
By Teke Wiggin | Wednesday, October 9, 2013
blocksy Blocksy wants to take a bite out of Zillow’s Big Apple

Blocksy wants to take a bite out of Zillow’s Big Apple

By bringing “joy” to the user experience of a listing site, Blocksy intends to snap up market share from old-guard listing sites that preside over the Big Apple, including heavyweight Zillow acquisition StreetEasy. “Blocksy represen...
By Teke Wiggin | Wednesday, October 2, 2013
movement MoveMent mobile app out to banish fake, misleading listings [VIDEO]

MoveMent mobile app out to banish fake, misleading listings [VIDEO]

MoveMent believes that it’s developed a bulletproof solution to a problem that plagues the rental market: misleading or false listings. Learn how the smartphone and tablet app verifies that the photos or videos posted with a listing are legitim...
By Teke Wiggin | Wednesday, September 25, 2013
clean cube Say hello to the ‘digital doorman’ [VIDEO]

Say hello to the ‘digital doorman’ [VIDEO]

Watch the latest installment of Startup Spotlight to learn how Clean Cube is reimagining the public space of residential developments with its “digital doorman,” a smart locker that allows tenants to drop off their laundry, send away poss...
By Teke Wiggin | Wednesday, September 18, 2013
local bigwig logo Local Bigwig out to disrupt short-term rental space [VIDEO]

Local Bigwig out to disrupt short-term rental space [VIDEO]

Watch the latest installment of “Startup Spotlight” to learn how Local Bigwig, which earns a commission every time a user books a unit on its platform, is cutting out the middlemen in the short-term furnished rental and extended-stay hotel ma...
By Teke Wiggin | Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Suitey co-founder David Walker is a former Yale rower. Photo credit: Tom Ferraro. Startup Spotlight: Suitey aims to upend traditional broker model [VIDEO]

Startup Spotlight: Suitey aims to upend traditional broker model [VIDEO]

After hearing countless friends complain about how much they hated working with real estate agents, David Walker and Philip Lang created Suitey, a high-tech brokerage that offers innovative solutions aimed at helping consumers avoid some of the heada...
By Teke Wiggin | Tuesday, August 27, 2013