'Open source' real estate brokerage willing to share best practices

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Zach Schabot, the founder of Cary, North Carolina-based Go Realty, says the company has created an environment that celebrates people who try new things.

“We call it an open-source real estate company,” he says. That’s because Go Realty not only shares lessons that agents have learned within the company, but with other companies.

Schabot, who started out as an agent in 2001 soon after graduating from college, recently launched GoConnect, a free iPhone app that promises to simplify real estate agents’ lives by organizing their tasks, events and contacts.