Inman Review: VSH Media rolls out mobile-based virtual staging
Opinion
Virtual home staging and image enhancement marketing continue to become powerful tools for listing agents. VSH Media's mobile app offers agents an good, affordable option but charges more for faster turnaround
by Craig C. Rowe Sep 10
Inman Review: Holofy Spaces is leading the vertical video tour revolution
Opinion
Based in London and rooted in retail, this video tour app gives users a simple, cool way to explore homes and also reduces the anxiety many agents have about creating listing videos
by Craig C. Rowe Aug 13
Inman Review: Plotify helps people invest in single-family rentals
Opinion
The app can help investors find and quickly secure single-family-rental investments in cities around the country or world and provides management, leasing and no-recourse, interest-free financing
by Craig C. Rowe Sep 24
Inman Review: Ribbon puts a bow on a unique package of fintech and proptech
Opinion
Ribbon helps buyers buy before they sell, rescues bad deals and gives first-time buyers a way to win deals in what might be the industry's first hybrid fintech-proptech application
by Craig C. Rowe Aug 23
Shaker updates with MLS connectivity and text automation
The software can be scaled from individual agents to brokerages, and centers heavily on collaboration between colleagues, agents and leads as the basis of relationships
by Craig C. Rowe Jun 29
Ricoh360 Tours releases beta phase of virtual staging product
With its Theta line of compact, high-resolution cameras, Ricoh was one of the first major brands to introduce a product specifically for creating online real estate tours
by Craig C. Rowe Jul 14
Updater acquires on-demand moving service Dolly
Deal will expand Updater's product offerings to help consumers with moves of all sizes
by Andrea V. Brambila Jul 15
Agents can take charge of their social media using these tools, tips
During a recent Connect Now workshop, a top social media expert said one of the biggest mistakes agents make is being hands-off with their social media pages
by Daniel Houston Jul 20
Homeownership accessibility startup raises $165M with help from Will Smith, Jay-Z
The funding round for Landis was led by Sequoia Capital with participants from Arrive, a branch of Jay-Z’s Roc Nation, Will Smith’s Dreamers VC, and Signia Venture Partners
by Libertina Brandt Jul 27
Here's the tech real estate agents wish their brokerages offered
Cyber security and lead generation topped the list of tech tools agents wished their brokerages offered, according to a new National Association of Realtors study
From slideshows to high-end films: 7 listing video tools that win buyers' attention
Every Facebook ad, email campaign and landing page you create is a chapter in your listing's story, and video is likely going to be the one buyers flip to first. Here are the tools you need
by Craig C. Rowe Aug 7
11 time-saving apps that'll give you leverage
Finding efficiencies wherever you can will help you work smarter, not harder. Here are 11 must-try apps that'll save you time, put you in control and keep you organized wherever you go
by Jimmy Burgess Aug 8
Automated property inspection startup RentCheck raises $2.6M
The startup, which helps property managers conduct remote, automated property inspections, also earned $1 million in pre-seed funding, and grew exponentially during the pandemic
by Lillian Dickerson Aug 10
8 cutting-edge listing tech tools you should get to know
Real estate data is an ecosystem, a cyclical, self-replicating entity connecting every transaction, and here are a few of the companies helping to forge this new reality
by Craig C. Rowe Aug 15
Lone Wolf buys Propertybase in 5th acquisition this year
Propertybase's flexible suite of front- and back-office features is expected to broadly enhance Lone Wolf's technology appeal to brokers and teams
by Craig C. Rowe Aug 25
Blockchain-backed Blimp raises $200K to reinvent the real estate deal
Blimp Homes announced it has raised $200,000 as part of a new $1 million campaign to back Blockchain-based home sales app
by Craig C. Rowe Aug 25
Opendoor launches self-guided virtual walk-throughs for sellers
Homesellers using Opendoor can now complete their interior home inspection through uploaded videos and photos, according to a company announcement on Tuesday
by Marian McPherson Aug 26
Lucit makes billboard advertising more accessible than ever: Tech Review
Opinion
Lucit is an app for creating and controlling ad campaigns on roadside digital billboards. It's an ideal marketing tool for offices and teams of any size or brand
by Craig C. Rowe Nov 11
RealScout launches its largest buyer graph yet in LA
24 brokerages have partnered to launch the Buyer Graph, which hosts real-time anonymized buyer data and habits, and climate risk data.
by Marian McPherson Sep 23
TikTok for real estate agents in 2022: An Inman Handbook
For interested real estate agents looking to expand their marketing reach, it's not too late to find success using the app — all it takes is a bit of dedication, creativity and willingness to try new things
by Lillian Dickerson Sep 24
Groundfloor's new app Stairs lets real estate investors get in for $1
Investors can earn an annualized return of 4-6% on investments into a secure pool of funds, 600X more than the average savings account a traditional bank, according to Groundfloor
by Craig C. Rowe Sep 27
Facebook down! 4 ways to be ready next time
How did Facebook's outage affect those industries that run ads and use its reach to empower marketing campaigns? Here's how the real estate industry can be better prepared next time
by Craig C. Rowe Oct 5
Is HomeSmart's tech worth the switch? A look at its client-first app: Tech Review
Opinion
The team at HomeSmart makes it a priority to stay on top of what the HomeSnaps and Zillows of the world are up to, as should any savvy proptech team trying to know what consumers are looking for
by Craig C. Rowe Nov 12
Inside Real Estate targets client retention with CORE Home launch
'We’re stepping forward arm-in-arm with our broker partners to provide what the industry needs next,' Inside Real Estate CEO Joe Skousen told Inman
by Craig C. Rowe Oct 25
Instashowing launches offer management tool InstaOffers
InstaOffers helps reduce the confusion of multiple offer submission channels that stems from the industry having no single standard for accepting and considering offers
by Craig C. Rowe Oct 25
How agents use encrypted apps to scout off-market listings
Agents, investors and developers are taking to Telegram and Facebook's free, encrypted instant messaging and voice-over-IP service to network and find off-market listings
Cover raises $60M to scale its backyard prefab housing business
The one- or two-unit homes are manufactured off-site and assembled in a property owner's backyard, without the use of a large crane
by Daniel Houston Oct 29
How NAR and multiple listing services fail brokers
Greg Robertson and Victor Lund don't hold back on why obtaining MLS data should be easier and why the National Association of Realtors' policy should be enforced
7 up-and-coming tech companies real estate pros should know
At Inman Connect Las Vegas, a group of innovative technology change makers hawked their wares to a tech-savvy audience
by Craig C. Rowe Nov 4
Transaction management app Mevi eases clients’ document overload: Tech Review
Opinion
What helps Mevi standout is the ease of use its document tech offers buyers and sellers. The app has documents coded for Louisiana, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Utah and Texas, in addition to its home state of Colorado
by Craig C. Rowe Dec 6
Engage more leads with top-of-funnel Aiva: Tech Review
Opinion
We all know way too much time is spent trying to qualify ghosts. Thankfully, that is why this category of software exists, and more agents should find a way to leverage technology to win online business
by Craig C. Rowe Dec 2
Keller Williams launches Command mobile app
Command is Keller Williams' customer relationship management solution, which offers users a host of communication, lead tracking and contact oversight features
by Craig C. Rowe Dec 10
Shaker releases new business management app for agents on heels of funding
The company has quickly rolled out new features and products since being spun out of a Minneapolis startup incubator in 2020. Its latest round of updates to its transaction management offerings was in October
by Craig C. Rowe Dec 10
Instashowing partners with Rhode Island Association of Realtors
Initially launched as a solution to help listing agents better manage how they schedule and arrange home showings, the company has since evolved to address the multitude of agent needs on the front-end of the deal
by Craig C. Rowe Dec 16
RealScout closes 2021 with new Buyer Graph in Detroit
9 brokerages have partnered to launch the Buyer Graph, which hosts real-time anonymized buyer data and habits, and climate risk data
by Marian McPherson Dec 16
Keller Williams' Command app resolves to make agents more productive in 2022: Tech Review
Opinion
Beneath its spartan UI and seemingly narrow function list is the ability to tunnel deeper into Command's more robust offerings, such as SmartPlans, contact tagging, website lead activity and team-based lead claims
by Craig C. Rowe Jan 7
New York mandates higher fines, more training to combat housing discrimination
Broker and agent license fees and fines will go toward a new Anti-Discrimination in Housing Fund for fair housing testing
by Andrea V. Brambila Dec 29
11 alternatives to ShowingTime: new apps to manage home showings
2021's legacy to proptech will be a major jump in the number of technology products developed to help agents show homes
by Craig C. Rowe Dec 30
Can collaborative app Zenlist weaken the MLS grip on search? Tech Review
Opinion
Zenlist is unique in that, within certain markets, it combines local public property feeds with pre-market with private listings and when available, in-office exclusives
by Craig C. Rowe Jan 21
Ask Doss now offers brokerage, home loans and FSBO solutions
Ask Doss is an app for agent advice and home search, and now the company is offering a slew of new professional services to the industry, including a brokerage
by Craig C. Rowe Jan 19
Take care of you: 5 mental health apps for real estate agents
Tight deadlines, long hours, a pandemic — real estate is stressful in 2022. Check out these mental health apps for real estate agents to ensure you're a priority even if the transaction gets chaotic
by Santiago Arana Feb 3
19 agents share how tooting their own horns is bringing in business
Client testimonials don't just feel good, they're a powerful way to build authority online
by Christy Murdock Feb 4
Vacasa's 35,000 homes get tech upgrades, including keyless entry
The company says the improvements provide a win-win for guests and homeowners, as well as the communities in which the rental homes reside
by Taylor Anderson Feb 24
Make sense of your sellers' options with these iBuyer comparison tools
The market is growing muddled, meaning agents now more than ever need to help their clients know what's out there
by Craig C. Rowe Feb 26
Airbnb logo on smartphone
Short-term rental companies were looking at 2022 as the year international travel surged again. Will Russia’s war in Ukraine temper results?
by Taylor Anderson Feb 28
Porch's 2021 losses top $109M as company keeps eye on expansion
Despite overall losses, the home services marketplace's revenue more than doubled in 2021. The company says it may be profitable this year
by Taylor Anderson Mar 1
Fresh off $2M seed round, The Host Co. helps rental hosts sell goods
The Host Co. is a digital commerce software that allows owners of short-term rentals to earn additional income by selling furniture, artwork, crafts and even food items
by Craig C. Rowe Mar 2
IBuyers purchased over 70K homes in 2021, doubling previous record
'IBuyers purchased 70,402 homes in 2021, more than double the previous annual high of 32,726 homes in 2019,' according to Zillow's Q4 iBuyer report
by Taylor Anderson Mar 2
Zillow's Susan Daimler on the tech giant's mysterious 'super app'
Ahead of Inman Connect New York, Zillow's president dished about the company's goal to build a housing super app, its interest in power buyers and why housing should be 'delightful'
by Andrea V. Brambila Mar 14
RealScout kicks off 2022 with record-breaking buyer graph in New Jersey
25 brokerages have partnered to launch the New Jersey Buyer Graph, which hosts real-time anonymized buyer data and habits, and climate risk data.
by Marian McPherson Mar 25
As homebuyers pine for options, startups scramble to fill the void
A new class of tech company is responding to the home inventory shortage by taking sellers to the edge of the MLS — and sometimes beyond — with off-market appeals and more
by Daniel Houston Mar 29
Don't call it a comeback! Why QR codes are more relevant than ever
Convenience and COVID reintroduced customizable barcode technology. Here's how to make the most of scannable QR codes
by Sam Trimble Apr 11
M. Ryan Gorman: Honestly, building tech for real estate is a 'nightmare'
M. Ryan Gorman, Coldwell Banker Real Estate CEO, and Brian Donnellan, CEO of Bright MLS, told an Inman Connect New York audience why the industry hasn't reached the 'latte vision' yet
by Andrea V. Brambila Apr 22
Redfin takes in nearly $600M in Q1 revenue as market share grows
Revenue, market share, web users and homes sold by RedfinNow all rose. But the company reported a $90.8M net loss in a Q1 earnings call on Thursday
by Taylor Anderson May 5
How to convert leads so you’re eligible for exclusive lead networks
Many agents are searching for leads to bump themselves out of a summer sales slump. Not just any agent can qualify for exclusive leads where conversion metrics matter, but here are a few tips to give yourself a leg up
by Chris Heller Jun 14