Here are my favorite Real Estate Tech reads from this past week. Happy reading!


Real Estate Dealmaking Platform RealConnex Partners with Miami Association of Realtors

Press Release - RealConnex

RealConnex, the world’s first B2B platform connecting real estate professionals to capital, investments, services and each other, today announced a strategic partnership with the Miami Association of Realtors (MIAMI), the largest local Realtor Association in the nation. 


Sharestates Launches Auto-Invest Tool for Highly-Tailored Investments While Surpassing $500M in Loan Originations

Press Release - Sharestates

Sharestates, an online real estate investment marketplace, announced today the launch of its new Auto-Invest tool, a feature that will maximize the investor's chances of investing in the platform's highly sought after real estate debt opportunities. The new feature will allow investors to choose from multiple strategies, including a custom investment strategy that includes 12 underwriting filters to choose from. The launch of this new tool coincides with the company reaching a major milestone of $500 million in loan volume.

Will lead generation kill the star broker?

News - The Real Deal

When Elena Smirnova jumped from Citi Habitats to upstart brokerage LG Fairmont in 2014, the firm started sending her leads it was buying from listings sites such as Trulia and Zillow.

Cadre collects $65 million in Series C funding

News- Tech Crunch

Cadre, a three-year-old, New York-based real estate startup, has raised $65 million in Series C funding led by Andreessen Horowitz.

Disruption in Real Estate

Blog - ULI 

In less than ten years, Airbnb, Uber, and Lyft have changed the way we travel across town and around the world. These young firms have harnessed disruption as a key driver in technology innovation. 


Why technology 'sprawl' might actually be making us less productive

Blog - Apto

We all have one — that co-worker that always has the scoop on the next productivity tool or app that they swear will change your life by saving you tons of time.


What Apple Can Teach Us About Proving the ROI of your Office

Blog - Robin

Today, businesses of all sizes are finding benefits from investments in their office space. In our office snapshot series, we took you inside PillPack, Skyscanner, and others to showcase how these businesses are using their space to attract, retain, and engage their talent.

Tech Startup Seeks to Boost Performance of CRE Investments

News - National Real Estate Investor

In spite of advances in available technologies, many commercial real estate investors are still clinging to spreadsheets to help them make critical decisions. Jeri Frank and Uriel Barillas want to break them of that old-school habit.

Tishman Speyer Goes High-Tech To Sell Lumina Condos

News - Bisnow

Tishman Speyer has selected Decorist to provide 3D renderings and virtual reality technology to showcase options for two- and three-bedroom floor plans at Lumina, its luxury tower in San Francisco. Decorist Designers Tamara Honey, Will Wick, Consort and Martin Raffone will provide various interior design options.

New Professional Requirements, Tech Could Improve Appraisals

News - DSNews

The real estate appraisal process has long been bemoaned as slow, inefficient, and more advantageous to cash buyers, but according to appraisal experts at a recent Urban Institute Housing Finance Policy Center panel, there are ways to change that.

Austin tech legends team up for what looks like a WeWork competitor

News - CNBC

Scott Harmon and Mike Maples are synonymous with Austin tech. They co-founded software developer Motive, which went public in 2004, and before that worked together at Tivoli Software, which was bought by IBM in 1996 for almost $750 million.

#CREtech Exhibitors: Buildout

Blog - Real Estate Tech News

Buildout is a web application for marketing commercial real estate. It produces and publishes custom materials and streamlines the entire property listing process. They’ve worked with companies across the country to develop an easy-to-use tool that will showcase your brand, save time, and grow your business.

Traditional Brick and Mortar: Fighting the Online Battle

Blog - REthinkCRE

For those in the commercial real estate sector it is no secret that the retail sector has been suffering in the past few years. Not only is the effect being felt on small independent businesses, but it is also being felt by large corporations that have brick and mortar locations. Most recently, Payless has announced their struggles with brick and mortar stores and that they will be closing 400 stores with the possibility of up to 1,000 stores. Other large corporations who have felt the strain on brick and mortar include Sears, Macy’s and Bebe.

Have I missed anything? Feel free to reach out to me at michael@thenewsfunnel.com with your favorite RE Tech articles for this week. I am always looking for new content to read!