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  • The commercial real estate office sector is struggling due to the trend towards remote work, and there are fears it could even collapse if people continue to work from home once the COVID-19 pandemic ends. Several major companies, including Twitter, have already said they’ll allow their employees to work from home permanently, and many other… [Continue Reading]

    Breather launches on-demand office space service
  • Entrepreneur Renee Walters and real estate professional Ashley Scott have teamed up to build an entire town that they say will be dedicated to developing an “authentic Black community and culture that’s both safe for its residents and “feels prosperous”. The pair launched a recruitment drive to find 17 other Black families and investors, in… [Continue Reading]

    Black families team up to build Freedom City, Georgia
  • Remote work is making people less productive than before, according to a recent survey of business leaders. The survey, published last week by architect and design firm Vocon, found that almost 40% of business leaders nationwide said they’ve seen a decrease in productivity from their remote workforces. At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, 56%… [Continue Reading]

    Working from home is making us less productive
  • The coronavirus outbreak has created an army of remote workers, and it’s left those in the commercial real estate industry facing a real challenge – how do they get people to come back to the office? According to Coen van Oostrom, chief executive of a real estate firm called Edge, companies will need to adapt… [Continue Reading]

    How can companies make their offices more attractive post COVID-19?
  • Investors are rubbing their hands with glee at the prospect of a surge in repossessed homes as millions of homeowners are believed to have fallen behind on their mortgage repayments, putting them at risk of losing their homes once moratoriums end. The Wall Street Journal says that investors are expecting a “potential bonanza” of distressed… [Continue Reading]

    Investors wait to capitalize on pandemic-related foreclosures

Second Century Ventures backs 8 Canadian real estate tech startups

The National Association of Realtor’s strategic investment arm Second Century Ventures has announced eight startups chosen for its inaugural REACH Canada accelerator class. The startups range from virtual staging tools to e-signature platforms, and are all aiming to make a big impact in the real estate technology sector. Second Century Ventures, a global venture fund […]

Amazon targets property management with Alexa for Residential

Amazon is looking to get into property management with its new Alexa service, called Alexa for Residential. The new service is designed to help property managers set up and manage Alexa powered smart home devices throughout their rental properties and buildings. Amazon stressed that property managers will not be able to access their tenant’s data, […]

Picking the Best Lighting Control System for Your Smart Home

Smart technology means it’s easier than ever to create the perfect home environment you want, right at the swipe of a touchpad. One of the most fun and effective ways you can do this is by linking your home’s lighting to your smart network. But this process isn’t just getting one or two smart bulbs […]

Renters want virtual tours too, survey finds

More than 70% of renters say they would be happy to rent an apartment without seeing it in person first, if they could check it out through a 3D virtual tour. That’s according to a survey jointly commissioned by Zumper, a rental marketplace, and Matterport, which provides 3D and virtual tour services. The survey notes […]

Instgram Reels video app to launch in August

Tech-savvy real estate professionals will be interested to learn that Facebook is launching a new app to take on TikTok. The app is called Instagram Reels, and like TikTok will be a video platform that enables users to create short, interactive clips with musical soundtracks. A large number of real estate pros already use social […]

More people are buying homes without seeing them first

Digital technology is rapidly going mainstream in real estate, and many home buyers are so confident in it that they’re going ahead with their purchases without seeing their new properties in person. Take the example of one anonymous European buyer, who recently splashed out a stunning $6.3 million to buy an entire island off the […]