What would a bot brokerage agent’s day look like?

The brokerage model is being disrupted by technology that makes it easier for real estate agents to run their own show more efficiently. But could bots — backed by AI, automation and big data — help the big property brands deliver new value to agents?

Lead cultivation tool HelloAlex acquires Botplan for undisclosed sum

Automated lead qualification company HelloAlex announced this week the acquisition of Botplan, a chat tool for engaging online leads.

Are robots coming to take your job? These leaders don’t think so

Robots are coming — and in many cases, are already here — but are they out to steal your jobs or just make life easier? At Inman Connect in San Francisco on Tuesday, real estate technology experts tried to allay the fears that many have about robots in everyday life.

The rise of the robot real estate agent

Agents need to adapt, but their value remains critical to the transaction. It’s no secret: money talks. And the money being poured into alternative technologies and business models in efforts to upend traditional real estate transactions is now too much of a deluge to ignore.

Why the MLS isn’t dead, and why backers say that’s good for consumers

A recent piece in Forbes claims MLSs are not relevant to buyers because they have other places to go for listing information and are doing more of the work that agents used to do themselves and that new technology like big data and AI is doing the work…

Why the MLS isn’t dead, and why backers say that’s good for consumers

A recent piece in Forbes suggested the multiple listing service is on its way out thanks to startups such as REX, but backers tell Inman they’re not worried

Zestimate is 15% more accurate with AI to judge home interiors

Zillow’s Zestimate is learning to tell which home looks nicer inside. The artificial intelligence feature improves the Zestimate’s accuracy by 15 percent.

Coldwell Banker’s new tech predicts who’s about to list their home for sale

The aggregated data will include publicly available sales information not only from Coldwell Banker, but from other brokerages, and demographic data to help flag households that are most likely to list, such as young, growing families looking for a lar…

Coldwell Banker’s new tech predicts who’s about to list their home for sale

The aggregated data will include publicly available sales information not only from Coldwell Banker but also from other brokerages and demographic data to help flag households that are most likely to list, such as young, growing families looking for a …

Artificial intelligence startup First.io raises $5 million

First.io, a startup that uses artificial intelligence to predict when people are going to move, has raised $5 million in Series A funding.