April 23, 2014

CoStar vs CompStak


An unintended consequence of success in the CRE data industry is that, eventually, you can expect to be raked over the coals by CoStar.  For CompStak, it started with an April 2, 2014 demand by CoStar for the names of certain agents who provide information to CompStak.  While CompStak has not been charged with anything, […]

Why Would CoStar Buy Apartments.com?

costar buys apartments.com

While showing off some re-designed property reports, a newbie marketing staffer asked why there wasn’t one for apartment lease listings. A senior administrator dismissively replied, “We don’t do apartment leasing.” And so it is. Commercial real estate brokerages are not in the business of renting apartment space. So why does a CRE data concern buy […]

Getting to Yes (or No) Faster

valuate comparison module

Last year, Bruce Kirsch introduced Valuate an online tool for valuation analysis. On the heels of its successful launch, Bruce continues to add new features like the Comparison Module which he explains in this guest post. The last three real estate cycles bottomed in the third year of the decade (1983, 1993, and 2003). A […]

2013 Year End Wrap Up


It’s that time of year again when things get busy.  If you’re not tying up loose ends before the end of the year, you’re busy with the holidays.  And if you’re a blogger, you don’t have a lot of time to write posts – which is why the year end “most popular posts” post was […]

2013 CRE Technology Review

cre 2013 tech review

Maybe it’s because the CRE market picked up this year or agents have had their fill of new tech.  But overall, technology seemed to move further off the radar.  Most of the new apps from last year continue to grow, search for a user base or dabble with VCs. There was no mass exodus to […]