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NYC brokers find listing partner in Zillow’s biggest competitor:

Zillow rejected the Real Estate Board of New York’s (REBNY) recently launched single, centralized syndication feed, the Residential Listing Service (RLS). But REBNY has found a partner in Zillow’s biggest competitor — Today, operator Move Inc. announced that it would be the first national portal to receive a direct syndicated feed from REBNY, which […]

Facebook unveils first ad product for real estate

Facebook has unveiled its first ad product designed specifically for the real estate industry. “Dynamic Ads for Real Estate” allows a brokerage to advertise relevant listings to Facebook and Instagram users who have previously searched for properties on the brokerage’s website. With a Facebook employee telling Inman that the online giant is “betting big” on […]

How do you train a robot to interact appropriately with people?

SAN FRANCISCO — When you picture the future of transportation, you probably see lanes of autonomous cars driving highways full of humans hither and yon, with no carbon-based life forms taking control of the wheel. Anca Dragan That’s a nice fantasy, but it leaves out the in-between — the era of transportation when self-driving cars […]

Experimental app lets you plot and preview drone flights 

SAN FRANCISCO — “Who here has crashed a drone?” asked Stanford PhD candidate Mike Roberts on stage at Hacker Connect. More than a few attendees raised their hands. Mike Roberts He then showcased software that he and his colleagues built to help drone operators avoid sideswiping buildings or careening into trees. The experimental app lets people […]

How to beat your tech competition with a UX-focus

Yossi Langer SAN FRANCISCO — Amazon Alexa’s artificial intelligence is no match for Yossi Langer’s creative 6-year-old, who likes to use the device to create ridiculous grocery lists — a la “Alexa, we need ‘slimy bugs’ or ‘poopy bags.’” Aside from a good chuckle, the device isn’t of much use to Langer, who has been […]

Tempted to sell your indie brokerage? What to consider

SAN FRANCISCO — It’s not unusual for successful independent brokerages to feel the flattery of being courted. But is transitioning to a big brokerage the right thing to do? There is no prescriptive answer here as what’s right for one indie may not be right for another. Listening to what other companies have to say […]

Increase your real estate company’s valuation in 5 easy steps

SAN FRANCISCO — Your company’s valuation is arguably the most important number in your business. Calculating the economic value of your company — the thing you’ve worked so long and hard to perfect — can be very personal. Steve Murray presented at the Indie Broker Summit today in San Francisco. As the owner, you obviously […]

Broker’s ‘evil genius’ idea shows off listing agents

SAN FRANCISCO — Sometimes adding one plus one equals more than two — a lot more. Chicago-based independent brokerage @properties, founded in 2000, is a success story by multiple measures, not least by its 2,300 agents and $8 billion in sales volume last year. But that doesn’t mean that its co-founder, Thaddeus Wong, believes the […]

How Opendoor turbocharges showings with technology

SAN FRANCISCO — Imagine unlocking the front door of a listing with a single tap. As you enter, music begins to play and the lights turn on. On the wall is a touch-screen display: If you trade in your old home for this one, you learn, you will only have pay $10,000. Opendoor, an “iBuyer” […]

‘Charlotte’s Web’ home can be yours for $3.7M

It took “some house” to create the story of “some pig” most of us fell in love with while reading and watching E.B. White’s classic children’s story, Charlotte’s Web. Photo credit: Mark Fleming / Yankee Magazine The 44-acre Brooklin, Maine saltwater farm that White and his wife, Katharine, lived in while he penned the story […]

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