NAR made $20 million from DocuSign IPO

The venture arm of the trade group, Second Century Ventures, made a total of $43.8 million from selling shares in DocuSign, returning $20 million to NAR and keeping $23.8 million for recapitalization.

Harbor CEO says blockchain will let you easily split real estate ownership

Harbor is one of the more complicated blockchain startups out there, but it has the potential to upend the investment side of the real estate industry.

Former Trulia exec joins venture capital firm to spur real estate tech

Former Trulia president Paul Levine will join the venture capital firm Sapphire Ventures as a partner, where he will look for companies building on Trulia and Zillow’s innovation in the real estate industry by improving the real estate transaction, he said Friday.

Did NAR consider tech partners other than zipLogix?

The National Association of Realtors has never given transaction management firms other that zipLogix — a firm the trade group partially owns — a chance to compete for its business through price or any other means, according to three of the most popular such firms in the industry.

Mark Spain expands state by state on his terms

One of the benefits Mark Spain, former Keller Williams top team leader, finds in running his own company is he can expand at will. He doesn’t have to have diplomatic talks with other Keller Williams offices to see if they will accommodate his team.

Real estate agents see electric scooter boom as mixed blessing

But Realtors in San Francisco and Los Angeles seem to be in two minds about whether they are in favor of the new wheeled sensations. If there’s any consensus, it’s that the scooters are a mixed blessing — and a fun idea that could help sell an area to buyers, especially millennials.

OJO Labs raises $20.5 million for house-hunting AI assistant

Real estate artificial intelligence startup OJO Labs raised $20.5 million in a Series B round backed in part by Realogy.

Notarize raises $20 million from Lennar, Realogy and others

Notarize, a startup that offers services to legally notarize real estate documents online, just raised $20 million in funding from giants including homebuilder Lennar and real estate holding company Realogy, among others.

4 things every agent should know about creating the perfect social media strategy

In March, Ignite Visibility CEO John Lincoln released “Social Media Marketing: The Movie,” a 45-minute film where 10 social media experts explain how each of the top social media platforms work and share how to find success on each platform as a busine…

CRM LionDesk roars into voice-activated internet with skills for Amazon Echo

Popular real estate CRM LionDesk has launched a skill for Amazon’s voice-activated-internet appliance, Echo. Customers of the CRM will soon be able to ask Alexa to share their top three tasks and appointments for the day. It will soon be able to share …