December 19, 2014

CRE Data: My Place or Yours?

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Almost a decade ago a CRE tech panel was discussing client portals which, at the time, were the “must have” app for cutting edge brokerages. So they were clunky and no one really liked or used them. The important thing was that CRE owned them. As one of the panelists warned, if the industry doesn’t […]

Are Agent’s Keeping CRE a Tech Laggard?

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I’m always amazed at how many brokerages, including national ones, are so disorganized when it comes to listings and deal management. It’s hard to believe that a major firm wouldn’t be able to come up with a list of current listings in a few minutes. That it could take hours or days to get transaction […]

Taking the Fun out of Crowd Funding

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One of the more exciting provisions of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act  (JOBS Act) was the exclusions for crowd funding (Title III).  It was conceived as a way to give small businesses and property owners a means to raise funds (up to $1 million) in exchange for equity without having to comply with the […]

Dear CRE App Developers

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Every time I look at yet another CRE cloud app – and every CRE app these days is in the cloud – I get agita.  While it’s great that someone else is handling server management and remote access is a given, it’s one more place to store documents and data.  I envision the company’s document […]

CRE Data – Stop Thinking Small

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Someone asked me to summarize what’s going on in CRE regarding data. While the CRE data conversation has mostly revolved around what CoStar/LoopNet and Xceligent are up to, there’s a lot more going on than that. Yes, I’m talking about big data. But everyone in CRE seems to be thinking small. Properties and Listings There’s […]