Technology

Kickstarter helps launch Toor, the ‘smartest lockbox ever’

Bluetooth-connected device has app for scheduling and lets approved buyers tour without an agent present
  • Are agent-assisted tours a dying part of the real estate practice?
  • Crowdfunding might be the new frontier for real estate technology products, as evidenced by the support behind Toor, a new lockbox device launched by Kickstarter.

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Have suggestions for products that you'd like to see reviewed by our real estate technology expert? Email Craig Rowe. The heat is still dying down from Inman Connect. New tech. New faces. New ideas on how to upend the industry. For example, Toor. This fancy new lockbox, deemed "the world's smartest," emerged on Kickstarter and may very well be the future of letting people into homes. Or at least I hope it is. It was also a 2016 Realogy FWD finalist. What does Toor do? Toor (or "tour," get it?) is an app-animated key storage device and communication tool that shares notes, notifications, showing instructions and alerts with buyers and sellers. TOOR may very well be the future of letting people into homes. TOOR homes can be shown without any representative from a real estate agency present, allowing curious buyers to stroll around unsupervised. Now, before you panic: Unrepresented buyers have to register and request showings ahead of time. Sellers and listing age...