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 […]

CoreLogic launches AI-based home buying portal, OneHome



Real estate industry data analytics firm CoreLogic has just launched a new artificial intelligence-based platform called OneHome that it says can streamline the home buying process for both agents and consumers. The company said OneHome helps to facilitate communication between real estate agents and home buyers throughout the buying process. In addition, the platform also […]

How is Virtual Reality Transforming the Real Estate Industry



Technology has changed the people’s perception of the world by either generating a new environment for them to cross or by providing them with a tunnel to all corners of the world they would never otherwise got a chance to visit in their lifetime. Virtual reality, briefly defined as a computer-simulated environment, has transcended social […]

Technology Can Get You Through the Home Buying Process Despite the Pandemic



While the COVID-19 pandemic may make for a less-than-traditional home-buying experience, it doesn’t mean you have to put your dreams of homeownership on hold.  The technology available to deliver a contactless home-buying transaction, from search to close, is not new, but its adoption has certainly spiked with the pandemic as more sellers and buyers seek […]

DocuSign CEO Dan Springer says no slowdown in real estate



Real estate agents might not be able to meet face to face with clients and show them around homes in-person any more, but that doesn’t mean that home buying activity has been completely curtailed. On the contrary, DocuSign CEO Dan Springer says his company hasn’t seen any decline in real estate activity on the company’s […]

Redfin reports rise in offers from virtual tours only



With most buyers resorting to virtual tours as the only way to actually see inside a listed home during the coronavirus outbreak, one might be forgiven for thinking that home buying activity is all but dead. But in actual fact, many real estate brokerages are still doing business, with Redfin reporting that some 12% of […]