Map visualization tool SightMap offers renters a better way to apartment hunt

Map visualization tool SightMap offers renters a better way to apartment hunt

Engrain, a data visualization software company based in Denver, Colorado, released a new version of SightMaps, which empowers users to create and publish web-based, unit-by-unit and site plan maps of apartment properties and office spaces, for potent...
By Craig C. Rowe | Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Global Insights: Crossing the Rubicon (portals vs. agents)

Global Insights: Crossing the Rubicon (portals vs. agents)

I admit it: I've wanted to use the phrase "Crossing the Rubicon" in an update for a while now. Conveniently, real-world events have now aligned to give me that chance. In this instance, the point of no return is real estate portals directly competin...
By Mike DelPrete | Thursday, June 7, 2018
Toronto skyline Zillow teases Canadian listings at conference

Zillow teases Canadian listings at conference

Zillow plans to include Canadian listings on its U.S. website and apps later in 2018, the company said at an Ontario real estate conference on Wednesday, echoing statements from last fall. ...
By Emma Hinchliffe | Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Propify promo image Blockchain startup Propify aims to take on Zillow and realtor.com

Blockchain startup Propify aims to take on Zillow and realtor.com

Blockchain basically refers to a ledger system distributed across participants' computers, and is how most cryptocurrencies keep track of transactions and ownership. In Propify's case, the company hopes to use a modified version of the ethereum block...
By Veronika Bondarenko | Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Restb.ai uses AI to tag room features for easy searching

Restb.ai uses AI to tag room features for easy searching

Restb.ai is software that automatically identifies property images and tags their contents for real estate brokerages, portals and MLSs....
By Craig C. Rowe | Thursday, February 1, 2018
News Corp. headquarters Lawsuit accuses realtor.com of defrauding agents

Lawsuit accuses realtor.com of defrauding agents

In an emailed statement, realtor.com spokesperson Janice McDill told Inman: "The allegations are without merit, and we will defend the case vigorously..."...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Thursday, January 11, 2018
Home shopping just got more Pinterest-ing with IdealEstate

Home shopping just got more Pinterest-ing with IdealEstate

IdealEstate.co founder and CEO Brody Saunders called me on the eve of his wedding in Maine to share that his creation, a nationwide Pinterest-style listing portal, was ready for its official debut. It launched last week after a few weeks in quasi-be...
By Craig C. Rowe | Monday, September 11, 2017
Sleek, collaborative portal takes the pain out of closing

Sleek, collaborative portal takes the pain out of closing

WFG National Title Group's MyHome gives consumers and real estate transaction stakeholders a better way to be involved in the title and escrow process. ...
By Craig C. Rowe | Friday, September 1, 2017
Truepad home search portal promotes agent market expertise

Truepad home search portal promotes agent market expertise

Chicago-based Truepad is a home search portal that uses agent-supplied data to rank the best listings in a market....
By Craig C. Rowe | Wednesday, July 12, 2017
A maze Solving the real estate agent’s technology problem

Solving the real estate agent’s technology problem

Real estate agents are in a terrible strategic situation. There are only four major sources of obtaining the cutting-edge technology they need to thrive, with the first requiring giving up their influence in the marketplace and the second and third r...
By Creed Smith | Thursday, January 5, 2017
RealScout just got $7M in funding to fuel growth plans

RealScout just got $7M in funding to fuel growth plans

RealScout, an emerging tech player that provides brokers and agents with a collaborative, branded home search experience, has raised $7 million in its third funding round since its 2013 launch....
By Marian McPherson | Monday, October 17, 2016
3 steps to maximizing your Google ad campaign for bigger returns

3 steps to maximizing your Google ad campaign for bigger returns

Most people start their move online even before they’ve chosen a real estate agent. The internet allows homebuyers and sellers the luxury of hiding behind their computer screens and dipping their toes in before diving head first....
By Logan Bennett | Tuesday, October 4, 2016
An array of wooden spikes HousesForSale.com: Does this agent-built portal have chops?

HousesForSale.com: Does this agent-built portal have chops?

Dallas-based HousesForSale.com sells agents access to their market under its domain. An agent in Houston, for example, could scoop up his or her ZIP code on the site's homepage. But a number of things concern me about this product....
By Craig C. Rowe | Wednesday, September 14, 2016
A group of people taking notes 7 notes about this year’s Realogy FWD Innovation Summit

7 notes about this year’s Realogy FWD Innovation Summit

The 2016 Realogy FWD Innovation Summit is now in the books, with the top prize going to New Story, an amazing nonprofit that crowdfunds homes for needy families abroad....
By Joseph Rand | Wednesday, June 22, 2016
A broker with 357 listings got no leads from Trulia last week

A broker with 357 listings got no leads from Trulia last week

WAV Group provides brokers with consulting on online marketing. One of our services includes benchmarking the effectiveness of listing syndication strategies. We have been tracking the performance of a real estate broker’s listings dating back to 2...
By Victor Lund | Friday, June 10, 2016
Artificial intelligence: Coming to a portal near you

Artificial intelligence: Coming to a portal near you

I remember the day like it was yesterday. My first college class as a wide-eyed freshman at the University of Washington. Econ 101. I walked into this cavernous auditorium with 1,000 other wide-eyed freshmen and found my place. Front row, balcony cen...
By Russ Cofano | Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Beating portals to the punch: How to describe listings

Beating portals to the punch: How to describe listings

On NBC’s “Today” show the “Property Brothers” of HGTV fame stated “there is a language that real estate agents use when they think they are fooling people,” such as “artistic” or “natural landscaping.”...
By Creed Smith | Friday, May 20, 2016
As real estate evolves, we’re still exactly the same

As real estate evolves, we’re still exactly the same

For the third year in a row, I attended a bar camp for real estate professionals held in Omaha, Nebraska. (REBarCampOmaha) It is a six-hour drive from my home in St. Paul, Minnesota, but that includes a stop in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to pick up a...
By Teresa Boardman | Friday, April 29, 2016