New Apps Featuring PropertyFuse, Canva & More

propertyfuse300

PropertyFuse For all those smaller and mid-sized brokerages experiencing sticker shock over LoopNet’s new search pricing, maybe it’s time to look at an alternative. PropertyFuse is a free database of commercial property assessor data from across the US. A crowd-sourced platform, you find a building in your market, update fields, add photos or add listings - to which you can add another set of docs, videos or photos. If you represent the building exclusively, you can “claim” the building and … [Read more...]

The Other Data War

the other data war

I don’t want to hear any more whining about LoopNet. It's just a marketing platform. You assess LoopNet’s value by how well they deliver leads that convert to deals. If they don’t deliver, you should stop paying for it. No whining about CoStar either. They’ve collected all sorts of data, added value and are charging you to access it. Same thing goes for those who use LoopNet as a data source. You can only whine if you know their data sucks, in which case, why are you still using them for … [Read more...]

Creepy Gmail Add-ons

creepy300

I have a Gmail account but I rarely use it for anything other than testing. But I have to say, there are so many good free and low-cost add-ons that it makes me, a longtime desktop Outlook user, very jealous.  Organizational tools,  ticklers, self-destructing emails... And being a cloud based service means it’s so much easier to integrate with other cloud services like automation tools (IFTTT or Zapier), services like DropBox or Box, social networks, CRM apps - you name it, Gmail integrates … [Read more...]

Bitcoin, Blockchains & Smart Contracts – A Short & Maybe Scary Guide

bit300

I’ve seen a lot of articles, listened to “the kids” talk about it - and I’ve been trying my best to ignore Bitcoin. But after reading that RE/Max was partnering with GoCoin for rent payments, NASDAQ was testing out the platform and Overstock.com’s blockchain bond issue (and acceptance of Bitcoins), I figured it was about time I got up to speed. Maybe you’re already familiar with blockchain technology but if you’re not, the short version is that it’s a method of verifying and recording … [Read more...]

More CRE Apps Featuring Buildout

BuildOut

Buildout I’ve heard a lot of good things about Buildout, a cloud based marketing platform, and after talking with developer Kris Krisco, I know why. Buildout has to be the most user friendly, comprehensive marketing tool I’ve ever seen. Yes, they have template based flyers and docs but they take them a step further by automatically generating pages by the amount and type of content you provide and by updating previously created PDF docs with any new data you enter. Same thing goes for any … [Read more...]

The Future of Real Estate Agent Compensation

commissions-300x286

If there’s any consolation prize for CRE’s tech laggard status, it’s that they don’t have to deal with commission wars like the residential sector does. Data standards, mature online portals, electronic transaction management have dramatically reduced the cost of residential transactions. So it’s natural for consumers to think that greater efficiency should translate to lower costs. But commissions seem stubbornly stable in most markets. And the complaints directed at residential agents are … [Read more...]