‘Alexa — open Platinum Agent’

RE/MAX Platinum Living has developed an Alexa skill in-house that allows consumers to contact agents directly through their Amazon echo devices.

The Real Word: Gary Vee clarifies, Amazon pulls out and KW’s new app

Watch Byron Lazine and Nicole White give a real estate agent’s perspective on industry-related topics. This week, they’ll follow up on Gary Vaynerchuk, who sat down to talk out his comments with an agent after the initial controversial interview.

‘It’s devastating’: Agents react to Amazon abandoning New York

Fallout looms following Amazon’s decision to pull out of Long Island City. “We drove out the largest company in the world because of socialism,” one agent scoffed.

Amazon abandons NYC HQ2 plan

Amazon’s controversial second headquarters in the New York City neighborhood of Long Island City won’t be happening after all, according to a new report.

Home where Jeff Bezos launched Amazon is on sale for $1.5M

The three-bedroom Seattle home, out of which Jeff Bezos launched Amazon in 1994, has hit the market for $1,488,888.

Amazon acquires Wi-Fi startup Eero, furthering smart home ambitions

Amazon dived even further into the smart home technology pool Monday when it revealed that it was scooping up a home Wi-Fi startup. Presumably, Amazon could also use the Eero acquisition to keep tabs on the web browsing habits of all customers who use …

Local Realtors reel from report Amazon may avoid NYC

The news did not thrill real estate agents in the area. Half a dozen said they still hope Amazon goes through with the original HQ2 plan, but they also said that with or without the retail giant, Long Island City has already benefited from months of pu…

Big Brother is watching you — and your client

As smart-home technology becomes more common, agents and clients are being thrown into settings where someone, somewhere, could secretly be observing them.

Should Amazon buy Redfin?

Amazon is already dabbling in real estate and has hinted it might have bigger plans, but this week, one analyst floated a way the company could take the plunge and become a major force in the sector: buy online brokerage Redfin.

New York City overtakes San Francisco as world’s top tech hub: Study

New York has overtaken San Francisco as the world’s “premier tech city,” according to a new report from U.K.-based real estate consulting firm Savills.