matterportrand realtySelectsurefieldTechnology
January 23, 2015

Another broker hops on 3-D virtual tour train

Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty’s more than 800 agents will showcase sellers’ homes using  3-D virtual tours that give buyers browsing listings online the feeling that they’re walking through the home. Rand Realty says it’s the first brokerage in New York’s Hudson Valley to provide Matterport’s 3-D Showcase tours,…
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mergerSelectTechnologytruliaZillow
January 23, 2015

Zillow, Trulia share prices jump on talk FTC has approved merger

Share prices in Zillow and Trulia have posted double-digit gains today, suggesting investors have gotten wind that the Federal Trade Commission intends to sign off on the companies’ proposed merger. Trading in Zillow and Trulia has been heavy, with twice as many shares changing hands before noon Eastern time than…
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real estatereal estate hackersSelectTechnology
January 23, 2015

Duke Fan: ‘Our vision is to build the ultimate platform for matching buyers to homes’

Vice president of product, RealScout Time at RealScout: 3 months What he does: Leads a team geared to redefining the online home search experience and the connection between agents and homebuyers. Age: 43 Degree, school: MBA Marketing and Finance, University of Southern California Location: Pleasanton, California Social Media: LinkedIn and…
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portalsreal estateSelectStephen SchweickartTechnology
January 23, 2015

How many apps did it take to find the house for sale next door?

Being in the real estate video technology and marketing business for the past seven years has been quite an eye-opening experience for me. I have specialized in working with major dot-coms, national franchises, large brokers, small brokers and agents of every type. I have had the privilege of interacting with…
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mortgage calculatormortgage lendersplanwiseSelectTechnology
January 22, 2015

Mortgage calculator helps Realtors route business to lender of choice

A San Francisco-based startup says a mortgage calculator it built to help homebuyers gauge the affordability of listings can now be used by real estate brokers to boost originations by their in-house and preferred lenders, and to protect their agents from losing clients to rivals who advertise on search portals…
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dronesreal estateRichard SilverSelectTechnology
January 22, 2015

New technology for real estate: How to fly high with drones

Back in 1903, human existence was transformed beyond what anyone could have imagined when Orville and Wilbur Wright made their first flight in a powered aircraft. Since that first 12-second flight, aircraft technology has evolved rapidly, giving more people access to the power of flight than ever before. Today, the…
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mark fitzpatrickreal estateSelectsolutionsTechnology
January 22, 2015

3 tech innovations that solve real estate problems

Close the door and have a seat. We’re going to talk about your problems. Well, not all your problems, or even most of them, just three real estate-related ones — and how these three nifty new solutions can help. Problem 1: You’re opening doors instead of closing escrow. You have a…
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lowe'sporchpro.comSelectTechnology
January 22, 2015

Home improvement matchmaker Porch raises $65M

Porch, a portal that connects homeowners with home improvement professionals, has raised more than $65 million in a series B funding round that it will use for a growth push. The Seattle-based firm says it will use some of the cash on a national rollout of “Porch Booking,” a service that…
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neighborhood infoSelectTechnologytruliayelp
January 21, 2015

Trulia, AddressReport spotlighting local amenities with Yelp integration

Trulia and AddressReport are taking Yelp up on its offer of a free application programming interface (API) that serves up data on restaurants, bars, grocery stores, boutiques, massage therapists and other businesses in Yelp’s database. Integration with Yelp provides house hunters using Trulia and AddressReport with neighborhood insights, allowing them to…
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mergers and acquisitionsSelectTechnology
January 21, 2015

More M&A in real estate tech

HomeActions, which helps real estate agents drum up new business by helping them email newsletters to prospects, says its client base will grow by more than 5,000 real estate professionals with the acquisition of Houston, Texas-based ContactDirect.net LLC. ContactDirect President Dan Davila will join HomeActions as a consultant to help…
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