Inman Review: Beans Tour is an app for managing home tours
The app's geospatial technology parent company is called One Hundred Feet, and it came about when two California entrepreneurs wanted to make sure their Uber Eats driver could accurately deliver a pizza
by Craig C. Rowe Sep 3
Inman Review: Plunk helps homeowners evaluate renovation projects
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A new app called Plunk, with a reputable pedigree of industry knowledge behind it, has launched to help homeowners better evaluate the return on home improvement
by Craig C. Rowe Aug 30
Inman Review: Hate writing listing descriptions? Agently's AI can help
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There are plenty of dismal writing efforts that somehow make it into the marketplace (sorry, it's true). So, if you're willing to admit you're part of the problem, Agently can help you look like a better writer to your sellers
by Craig C. Rowe Aug 27
Inman Review: Ribbon puts a bow on a unique package of fintech and proptech
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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
Inman Review: GetAccept helps agents stay in touch and convert leads
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Built outside of real estate for business-to-business sales with strong CRM roots, GetAccept is a sales support software that occupies a rare spot between CRM and transaction manager
by Craig C. Rowe Aug 20
Inman Review: Holofy Spaces is leading the vertical video tour revolution
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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
IGuide's Planix offers immersive visuals and floor plans in one solution
IGuide's newest home capture solution, Planix, is one the best examples of how advances in camera smarts and market demand are coming together to create a new standard for what buyers know about a home before ever booking a showing
by Craig C. Rowe Aug 11
Inman Review: Need more horsepower in your online presence? Try Agent Engine
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From online profiles to laser-sharp listing pages, Agent Engine is dedicated to refined visuals and empowering the digital age of real estate
by Craig C. Rowe Aug 6
Inman Review: Can iBuyers get you leads? They can with Zoodealio
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Not quite an iBuyer, Zoodealio does in some instances buy a seller's home, but the software's experience is clearly developed around getting agents more listing leads
by Craig C. Rowe Jul 23
Inman Review: Produce local videos with Explore My Town
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Opening an account with Explore My Town means gaining access to a wide array of tools and resources, from a very sleek, simple script-creation tool and shot list to high-end editing and marketing services
by Craig C. Rowe Jul 16
Elm Street Technologies aims for Canada with latest acquisitions
The 2020 strategic investment by Aquiline Capital Partners continues to pay off for North Carolina-based software company Elm Street as it reaches deeper into Canada
by Craig C. Rowe Jul 14
Inman Review: RentSpree's tools make quick work of tenant challenges
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RentSpree's founders noticed a leak in the workflow stream and built something not just to patch it — but to augment the entire leasing process
by Craig C. Rowe Jul 9
Inman Review: Property managers have a smart, efficient partner in Leonardo247
Opinion
Leonardo247 serves as a bonding agent between the known and unknown of managing multiple large apartment communities
by Craig C. Rowe Jul 2
Inman Review: Birdeye is a smart take on experience marketing for agents
Opinion
The relatively new concept uses testimonials, reviews and all the online profiles of your company as an evergreen form of brand awareness and lead capture
by Craig C. Rowe Jun 25
Inman Review: Can Roof take your lead capture to new heights?
Opinion
Roof is chat automation tool that plugs into brokerage websites to capture and nurture leads with traffic metrics and sharp persona-building
by Craig C. Rowe Jun 18
Inman Review: VoxDirect makes text marketing simple
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A 'MailChimp' for text marketing, VoxDirect is a mobile app for both major operating systems, helping agents schedule and leverage text messaging for lead capture and nurture
by Craig C. Rowe Jun 11
Inman Review: Agent on Duty simplifies local home search
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Agent on Duty is an app for finding homes and agents, and has some big names to compete against. It could carve out a niche for mid-market and bilingual agents with its support for 8 languages
by Craig C. Rowe Jun 4
Inman Review: Can Shaker rattle the transaction management space for teams?
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This team-focused transaction management solution eschews the weighed-down aesthetic of industry competitors to streamline deals and empower communications
by Craig C. Rowe May 28
Inman Review: Will AgentFire light up your web presence?
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Using an a-la-carte system of value-add marketing features and modern mobile designs, AgentFire is an ideal for growing teams and agents evolving through the industry
by Craig C. Rowe May 20
Inman Review: Tenants and leasing teams get better connected with RentTango
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Manage your apartment portfolio with RentTango's lead-to-lease solution for marketing vacancies, managing applicants and processing digital leases
by Craig C. Rowe May 14
Smart Home Tech: What are the best smart thermostat options?
Smart thermostats are a great choice for many homeowners. They allow you to adjust and set your home's temperature right from your phone — and save you money in the long run, too. Here are a few options
by Brandon Doyle May 14
Smart Home Tech: What are the top smart devices for pets?
For homeowners with pets, smart tech can be a great way to keep an eye on these furry friends, and provide them with what they need to stay happy and healthy. Here are a few devices that pet owners will find particularly useful
by Brandon Doyle May 7
Tech Review: Smart Alto puts people first in its innovative lead qualification solution
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A alumnus of the Y Combinator startup program, Smart Alto leverages clever talk-tech, sales scripts and human ISAs to qualify leads and set appointments
by Craig C. Rowe May 7
Refreshed and nurture-savvy, Market Leader's CRM deserves your attention
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After bouncing around Trulia and then Zillow, Market Leader — a CRM and marketing software — has been reborn under Constellation Real Estate Group, and we're better for it
by Craig C. Rowe Apr 30
Buy and build with Welcome Homes' online new construction platform
Welcome Homes augments a streamlined business plan with dynamic 3D visualization to let new homebuyers build and buy directly from their browsers
by Craig C. Rowe Apr 23
MailMatic wants to be in your 2021 marketing plans
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Still effective, especially when combined with integrated digital campaigns, direct mail remains an ideal opportunity for agents looking to build local awareness
by Craig C. Rowe Apr 16
Inman Tech Review: JetClosing is fueling mobile adoption of digital title and escrow
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Maybe it feels to some that such a light, easy product can't handle the financial and metaphorical weight of a closing, but JetClosing is an app that proves otherwise
by Craig C. Rowe Apr 9
Smart Home Tech: How to choose smart sensors for your home
Smart sensors are a great way to gain insight into your home, get notified of issues before they become big problems and control other smart devices you may already own. Here's what to look for
by Brandon Doyle Mar 26
Zentap addresses all your Facebook needs in one place
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Consistency in social media marketing is a big challenge for busy agents. Zentap can help those who aren't good at it look like they are
by Craig C. Rowe Mar 26
Does Zillow's app for online tours stack up?
Opinion
The portal giant's app for creating and publishing immersive online home tours is available to everyone — and it offers enough to make it worth a look
by Craig C. Rowe Mar 12
Roomvu makes effective web video marketing fast and affordable
Opinion
Developed by a former high-producing Vancouver agent, the application centers on social video but can tackle much more
by Craig C. Rowe Mar 5
360 tour provider Peek has big plans for the industry
Opinion
A NYC-based 360-degree tour provider adds a few sharp touches to make its offering stand above others on the market. With 4,700 tours in NYC, company plans call for expansion to Miami and LA
by Craig C. Rowe Feb 19
Interest in Instashowing soars: Is it the next ShowingTime?
Opinion
A showing management solution for brokerages and multiple listing services, Instashowing does a terrific job of not overcomplicating the process of arranging a showing
by Craig C. Rowe Feb 12
Virtual 3D marketplace All3D is here for real estate
Opinion
The 3D marketplace has grand plans for the real estate space, the first of which includes an experiential retail and photo-realistic virtual staging offering
by Craig C. Rowe Feb 5
Numa helps you respond to every lead, every time
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Using automated text responses for leads and clients, Numa is targeting real estate after success in helping small retail businesses never miss a call for new business
by Craig C. Rowe Jan 29
Phixer Mobile brings professional editing to DIY photography
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Photo editing service provider Phixer developed an agent-focused photography app that connects agents' photo libraries with its team of professional editors
by Craig C. Rowe Jan 22
Need print and social media marketing fast? Enter CoVault
Opinion
An agent from Victoria, British Columbia, has built a new listing and social media marketing solution for the busy agents everywhere
by Craig C. Rowe Jan 15
Smart home tech: Which smart locks are best for security?
Opinion
A smart lock can offer homeowners security, convenience and a peace of mind. Here's how to find the best (and most compatible) smart lock in a sea of options — plus a few tips on keeping your home extra secure
by Brandon Doyle Jan 15
NestEgg cracks the code for small landlords and the agents who help them
Opinion
An exceptionally well-orchestrated rental business app for small landlords, you'll be hard-pressed to find a stone this software doesn't uncover
by Craig C. Rowe Jan 8
LeadJolt plugs into the power of Facebook lead gen
Opinion
The ISA-based advertising and marketing company creates and helps agents monitor lead generation campaigns on Facebook. Its month-to-month contracts make it stand out among its hardline competitors
by Craig C. Rowe Dec 31
Showing app Entro has potential — but should address agent safety
Opinion
With some decent features and a user interface worth seeing, Entro could succeed if not for leaving agent safety and lead quality totally out of the equation
by Craig C. Rowe Dec 24
The Inman Handbook on digital advertising with Adwerx
Is 2021 the year you make digital advertising a part of your success? Here's everything and more you need to know about Adwerx, one of the industry's longest-standing platforms for web and streaming media display advertising
by Craig C. Rowe Dec 14
Streamline new agent engagement with Guru Solutions
Opinion
The butts-in-seat model of building a brokerage may make a lot of money, but it rarely makes top producers. Doing better by your new recruits starts with better onboarding.
by Craig C. Rowe Dec 11
ProperSign is another step toward fully digital transactions
Opinion
Built by the one-time CTO of a title due diligence firm, ProperSign will help real estate take another step toward 100% digital deal-making
by Craig C. Rowe Dec 4
Real Grader helps keep agents' online reputation on track
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Multifaceted technology service helps agents market and manage their digital footprint with tools for social media, contact sharing and profile monitoring
by Craig C. Rowe Nov 27
7 tips for better tech adoption within your indie brokerage
Communicate frequently during the ramp-up and training periods, and allow your agents to take ownership of the technology
by Craig C. Rowe Nov 24
ClosingLock aims to lock down wire fraud
Opinion
As real estate deals continue to be handled online and at arm's length, wire fraud risk has nowhere to go but up. ClosingLock is aiming to stop it
by Craig C. Rowe Nov 20
CoreLogic launches consumer search with OneHome
Opinion
Data and analytics company's new invite-only, lifestyle-driven home search portal is mostly good, with consumer resources and tools for agents to collaborate
by Craig C. Rowe Nov 13
Up your social media look with Feed Appeal
Opinion
The new social media content company has its design roots in Silicon Valley, but it's aiming to make the real estate industry look better online
by Craig C. Rowe Nov 6
ReferMe IQ uses old business to earn you new business
Opinion
Although developed for a range of service-based business, ReferMe IQ has a unique appeal to real estate — and comes ready to go with automated email campaigns
by Craig C. Rowe Oct 30
Smart home tech: The best Alexa-compatible smart devices
If you're building an Amazon-based smart home, listen up. This week's video covers smart doorbell, bulbs, thermostat, switches and everything else that pairs perfectly with Alexa
by Brandon Doyle Oct 30
Realable puts a unique spin on virtual tours
Opinion
A former agent built this unique take on how to present listings to clients using Zillow, realtor.com and Matterport. It's part screen-share, part video tour
by Craig C. Rowe Oct 23
Smart home tech for agents: Which is the better security camera?
Right now, security cameras can offer peace of mind for those staying and working at home. So, when it comes to price and functions, how does Eufy fare against Arlo?
by Brandon Doyle Oct 23
Growth-oriented Keap hits most of the CRM high notes
Opinion
Previously Infusionsoft, this CRM is focused on small businesses in multiple industries but has some unique ways to appeal to real estate agents
by Craig C. Rowe Oct 16
Part Instagram, part Pinterest, property search gets social with Rila
Opinion
This new app, inspired by social media, is perfect for real estate listings and agent lead generation. Fun and engaging, the app's success will fall largely on consumer adoption
by Craig C. Rowe Oct 9
Manage leads, listings and loans with Townify
Opinion
The agent operating system combines a practical set of features and emphasizes loan-officer integration to keep agents on track of leads and listings
by Craig C. Rowe Oct 2
OpenFrame brings new twists to its virtual home tour app
Opinion
The iOS app comes with a 360-degree camera and tripod, as well as some sharp value-add features that make it stand out among the growing selection of virtual tour tools
by Craig C. Rowe Sep 25
Switcher Studio brings easy, broadcast-level video production to the iPhone
Opinion
IPhone video content app enables multiple devices to broadcast on a single stream and add rich graphics on the fly. Sorry Android users — this one is iPhone-exclusive
by Craig C. Rowe Sep 18