While at Move, I used to send out a weekly email to the bulk of the executive team where I listed the top 5 to 15 news items from the past week that I thought they should know about (along with a dash of commentary). From the feedback I got, I know it was greatly appreciated and started more interesting conversations they I could possibly count.
Now that I’m no longer at Move, I’d like to continue doing these emails, except open it up to real estate technology executives from across the industry. (And although it is geared towards executives, I’m happy to add just about anyone to the distribution list.)
Getting a weekly email from me is 100% free and 100% opt-in. The only way to get on my list is to email me @ firstname.lastname@example.org with a simple request to be included. Unsubscribing will always be just as easy. 😉
Without further ado, here’s the topics I covered in this week’s email:
- FrontDoor.com opens to ‘home enthusiasts’. With listings from Realogy, the team at Scripps Networks (more commonly known for content plays such as HGTV and the DIY Network) launched FrontDoor.com in order to highlight (and drive traffic to) their non-listing content around real estate. I kinda like the flip in logic, even if I’m not convinced it will drive much traffic.
- Real-Time National Housing Report Released. On the heals of a Realty Times article about warring housing indexes, Altos Research announced the creation of a new housing index to (theoretically) improve upon the Case-Shiller index by providing a real-time look at market conditions in a few major markets. Interesting that this followed up an interesting conversation between David G (of Zillow) and Greg Swann (of Bloodhound) about using the Zindex for just such an endeavor. Mike was also featured recently on ths InmanTV video.
- Borrow from Your Neighbors in a Private Network with Neighborrow. Another twist on trying to get local people to create an online community around their neighbors. Sorry to say, but my take is that Neighborrow is solving a problem that very few people have.
- RealEstate.com buys Arizona brokerage. I still don’t understand IAC’s strategy around real estate.
- Vast.com Brings Vertical Search to Real Estate, Hires Ben Clark. Vast launched an interesting search tool with about 2.4M listings. It’s an interesting tool, but I’m not seeing what’s going to give them buzz over the long-haul.
- Hotpads Gives You the Monthly Breakdown. Joel gives an interesting breakdown of Hotpads new features (including a map-based rent-vs-buy tool)
- Hot Property How’d we get in this mess? Here’s how… BusinessWeek’s Hot Property covers an innovative debt management strategy.
- Worst. Forecasters. Ever? Daniel Gross seems to enjoy launching grenades at NAR economists…
- Edgeio To Shut Down – In The DeadPool. This “web2.0” site with high-profile backers is shutting down and auctioning off their assets (including Adaptive Real Estate Services, a IDX provider with a database of 1.3M active listings)
- Move.com. Niki Scevak of HomeThinking dives into the numbers and comes out bullish on Move’s future.
- The Gosselin List, Best in Real Estate 2007. Kudos to 4realz for making Matthew Gosselin’s list of most influential real estate blog after only two weeks of publishing!
- LinkedIn Gets Web 2.0 Makeover… making it easier to get value from your LinkedIn connections. (Are you connected to me yet?)
Typically, I’m not going to repost the weekly emails here because it will be duplicating a lot of the same stuff that I will have already covered on 4realz, but this week is a bit different since I thought I should give people a flavor of what to expect.
And remember, if you want to be included on the email list going forward, then all you have to do is email me at email@example.com with a request.