The underground ‘for sale by owner’ movement in NYC

New York City real estate brokers have long touted the uniqueness of the local real estate market as a reason why for sale by owner (FSBO) home sales have never gained in popularity versus the rest of the country. Is that really true …

Houston in a week: July 18-22

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Now you can search, sign leases and pay rent from one site

Fitting all the the moving parts of a fragmented transaction process into a single choo-choo train to closing has long been the aspiration of real estate tech entrepreneurs. RadPad may have just delivered — to renters, at least. Thanks to new integrat…

Houston in a week: July 11-15

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How to build a thriving brokerage like a tech startup

What do you get when a techie and an experienced real estate agent decide to set up their own venture? Twelve years ago, Jonathan Boatwright, whose corporate tech background includes working with Apple, Motorola and Microsoft, wanted to start his own c…

Why Zillow has proved to be a starship — not a shooting star

This spring, Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff quietly (almost secretly) bought a $20 million home in the exclusive Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles — a success symbol for the quirky CEO and for the Seattle company that he runs. Allegedly, the berdy (ba…

Pokémon Go is everywhere — is there a real estate angle?

Real estate listing descriptions can be a fascinating reflection of regional character and culture. Idaho loves its soaker tubs, while Alaskans can’t get enough Southern exposure. But the latest trend taps into a quirky cultural phenomenon that has resurfaced since its beginnings in the late ’90s and early 2000s — Pokémon …

Houston in a week: July 4-8

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Zillow vs RPR: Which got more initial funding?

The National Association of Realtors, the nation’s largest trade group, owns a seven-year-old technology company into which it pours tens of millions every year. How does that funding compare to the initial funding for the biggest real estate company -…

3 common SEO mistakes that destroy most real estate websites

SEO is a journey, not a destination, and this idea has proven itself true time and time again. Most real estate agents’ websites got left behind after Google Panda and Penguin update not because Google prefers big brands such as Zillow, realtor.com and…