The Future of Real Estate Tech: How to Get an Agent to Sell Your Home for Free

The owner of this week's "Trinity Tuesday" featured home has listed it for sale on Houwzer. Thus, instead of shelling out $17,997 in commissions on top of a listing fee when the sale closes, he or she will pay only $8,998.50 - the buyer's agent's commission plus a $495 listing fee, a savings of roughly 50 percent. | TREND Image of 1023 E. Moyamensing Ave. via Houwzer Team

The owner of this week’s “Trinity Tuesday” featured home has listed it for sale on Houwzer. Thus, instead of shelling out $17,997 in commissions on top of a listing fee when the sale closes, he or she will pay only $8,998.50 – the buyer’s agent’s commission plus a $495 listing fee, a savings of roughly 50 percent. | TREND Image of 1023 E. Moyamensing Ave. via Houwzer Team

The internet is transforming the real estate industry much as it has transformed many others, including the news media. Technology has changed the relationship between buyers and sellers, renters and landlords, and builders and marketers.

In early August, a forum at the Benjamin’s Desk co-working space showcased Philadelphia entrepreneurs whose products and services are helping that transformation along. Over the next several weeks, “Property” will introduce you to the people and services that are shaping “The Future of Real Estate Tech,” starting with the online brokerage Houwzer.

Here’s how a homeowner would sell a home in the past: Read more »

Blog of the Week: “Terrible Real Estate Agent Photographs”

Here’s the concept: “Inexplicably bad property photographs. It’s that simple.” And it is. It’s also incredibly funny. Realtor friends, help us understand: How did these happen?

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The one above is captioned: “Whatever this furniture was doing before it was interrupted and photographed, I’m pretty sure they shouldn’t have been doing it.”

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What Is the Happiest Profession in America?

realtor-program-sm CareerBliss just came out with its 2013 rankings of the happiest professions, and unlike last year–when the happiest job was Software Quality Assurance Engineer–this year it’s real estate agent. In fact, the whole housing and building industry is quite delighted with itself: No. 7 is construction manager, No. 4 is construction superintendent, and then there’s that No. 1: real estate agent.

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