Amazon unveils new Echo devices, Alexa microwave

You might soon be hearing a lot more from Alexa around your house. On Thursday, Amazon unveiled a range of new and redesigned smart-home gadgets with its popular virtual voice assistant.

Agents reap the spoils of new technology, not consumers

In real estate, innovations in technology have ignored the consumer. Instead, agents get clever digital marketing tools and backend applications.

‘It’s like buying a first-class ticket’: Opendoor’s acquisition of Open Listings met with mixed reaction

News that Opendoor, the San Francisco-based iBuyer, acquired discount brokerage Open Listings was met with concern and cautious optimism as some agents called the move a “wake-up call.”

Corcoran teams up with Amazon to recommend trendy home add-ons

New York City-based brokerage The Corcoran Group has unveiled an agent-curated collection of smart and stylish home accessories available to purchase through the first real estate partnership with Amazon.com’s associate affiliate program.

How Amazon’s HQ2 city can prepare for a housing ‘prosperity bomb’

One of the biggest factors that will decide the answer is how the chosen city will respond to Amazon’s impact on housing affordability.

In real estate ecosystem, Zillow’s octopus arms reach far and wide

Extending beyond listings into mortgage lending, iBuying, property management and more, Zillow’s reach is expanding, but rivals have nothing to fear.

Is Amazon Embarking on Home Insurance?

July 16 is Prime Day, and this year’s deals feature double discounts on Alexa-enabled smart home devices, including Echo, Fire TV and Fire tablets, Amazon reports. As the marketplace giant gets more and more involved in the lives of homeowners, could consumers start to see offshoots into other home-related services? Amazon-run home insurance could be […]

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Alexa can now provide buyers with listing info immediately

AgentNEO, a voice-activated internet software product for real estate agents, has released an update that will allow Amazon’s Echo device to share listing information with buyer’s agents and their clients.

How Lennar turned itself into a major tech investor

Lennar is a builder, known for breaking ground on new construction throughout the country. But in the past six months, the 64-year-old company has co-led a $325 million tech startup funding round, debuted exhibition smart homes in partnership with Amaz…

Amazon wants its new Fire TV Cube to be the brain of your smart home

Alexa, turn on the TV. The newest version of Amazon’s Fire TV Cube now comes with a speaker and an Alexa voice assistant, allowing users to turn on a TV with their voice.