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  • Building projects are facing longer timelines due to a shortage of supplies such as appliances, flooring materials, hardware and lumber, and builders are finding some clever ways to pass the associated costs onto home buyers. Builders have reported difficulty in securing appliances such as air conditioners, refrigerators and washing machines for new homes due to… [Continue Reading]

    Builders are facing supply shortages, so some are changing their sales tactics
  • Real estate agents might have noticed since the pandemic began how face masks make it more difficult to show their personality. Wearing a mask can conceal your expressions, hide your smile, muffle speech and lead to misunderstandings between you and whoever you’re talking too. But at the same time, they’re essential in many cases to… [Continue Reading]

    Tips for communicating with clients while wearing a mask
  • A look at a recent U.S. News & World Report collaboration with HomeLight to list Memphis, Tennessee’s top real estate agents.

    A Look At the Top 5 Memphis Real Estate Agents According to HomeLight
  • 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

Tomo Networks raises $40M to streamline real estate transactions

Two former Zillow chiefs have created a new company that aims to use technology to eliminate the complexity of real estate transactions, and it’s being backed by a hefty $40 million it has raised in seed funding. Trulia co-founder Pete Flint, former Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff, Ribbit Capital and Zigg Capital led the funding for […]

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 […]