Have suggestions for products that you'd like to see reviewed by our real estate technology expert? Email Craig Rowe. That Stanley Kubrick -- he always was ahead of his time. It was actually Arthur C. Clarke's novel that introduced us to the brutal vision of a HAL-9000-controlled future, but no matter how you slice it, the themes are frightening. As of today, "bots" are fun, text-driven communicators of automated data that make it easy for businesses to offer content, customer service and news. Inman has been discussing the rise of bots for a while now, and I jumped into the fray in August after looking at AgentPair founder Clark Giguiere's new bot creation company, Carey. (Giguiere also helped Inman build its Facebook Messenger bot). Last week I had a look at Automabots, a bot service for real estate agents that will be in beta until just after the new year. Like Carey, as well as many other bot services, Automabots is embedded in Facebook Messenger. ...
- The use of bots is growing quickly across an array of industries.
- Real estate agents shouldn't see bots as a threat to relationship-building.
- Automabots is a monthly bot subscription in beta until just after the new year. The bot communicates with leads via Facebook messenger to filter homes on the MLS and talk to sellers about average list prices.
- The service includes artificial intelligence assistants for both buyers and sellers and will eventually feature a CRMBot, DigitalMarketingBot and TransactionBot for a full real estate suite.