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  • Proptech Weekly #55 – Zoopla, Hometrack and property data porn

    | Rayhan Rafiq-Omar

    I’m no fan of Hometrack or Zoopla’s wildly off guesstimate of your home’s value. But you have to take your hat off to Alex Chesterman for yet another share price rise inducing deal. Friends, Feudal Landlords, Commoners, Yesterday was yet another example of how much of a legendary entrepreneur Alex Chesterman is. No-one else in […]

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  • Fantasy Proptech M&A #2 – Building the British Realogy

    | Rayhan Rafiq-Omar

    Friends, Feudal Landlords, Commoners, In 2014 I wrote this: Seriously, in a massively fragmented property industry, few companies make big money and none come close to dominating in any sphere. What is it about estate agency that perpetuates an incredibly long tail of same-same service providers. There’s very little difference between one agent and another, […]

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  • Proptech Weekly #53 – Are real estate agents AI safe?

    | Rayhan Rafiq-Omar

    Friends, Feudal Landlords, Commoners, When Michael Bruce recently announced the results of his firm Purplebricks, much of the presentation focused on their success at generating online enquiries for people looking to sell and buy homes. It seems fairly obvious that this is the part of agency that generates revenue – finding new customers. But it’s […]

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  • Proptech Weekly #52 – 2016’s top Proptech stories, companies and people

    | Rayhan Rafiq-Omar

    Friends, Feudal Landlords, Commoners, It used to be the property people who were resistant to change. But 2016 was the year the technology people stuck their fingers in their ears and sang la-la na-na-na. The clamour for agent tech has been loud this year. Property professionals have increasingly embraced simple tools like Fixflo to help […]

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  • Proptech Weekly #51 – A vacuum of leadership

    | Rayhan Rafiq-Omar

    Yesterday Brandon Webber, the New York based founder of Hightower, took to a London stage to talk about his firm’s merger with VTS and his view of the future of innovation in the property industry. What was obvious to everyone in the crowd is that the person speaking was knowledgeable about his customers and created […]

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  • Proptech Weekly #50 – The Ghosts of Estate Agents Past, Present and Future

    | Rayhan Rafiq-Omar

    Friends, Feudal Landlords, Commoners, It’s been a year many of us will never forget. But will we take the current lessons forward? Were we listening, or did we descend into (re)moaning? Reading the comments under Property Industry Eye news articles reminds me of the story of Scrooge – he who ignored all around him and […]

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  • Proptech Weekly #49 – The Rental Revolution

    | Rayhan Rafiq-Omar

    Friends, Feudal Landlords and Commoners, The big news this morning was Robert May’s tweet commenting on the other big news: “Agents will also be required to tuck tenants into bed and make sure they have a teddy or blankie!” Link He is of course commenting on the impending ban of lettings agents charging fees to […]

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  • Prop/Tech Weekly #48 – Fantasy Proptech M&A – Easyproperty

    | Rayhan Rafiq-Omar

    Friends, Feudal Landlords, Commoners, The story of Zoopla’s rise is one that fascinates me. Very few people attribute the success to the M&A (mergers and acquisitions) activity that created the UK’s second favourite property portal (by virtue of buying up or merging with all the others except Rightmove). The burden of innovating was left to […]

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  • Prop\Tech Weekly #47 – “Why is there no tech in UK Proptech?”

    | Rayhan Rafiq-Omar

    Friends, Feudal Landlords, Commoners, Consumate self-promoter Aaron Block was in the UK to host the MIPIM start-up competition. In a very brief chat he made a statement that summed up proptech in the UK: “Where’s the tech?” Almost everything on display could be better described as business model innovation, rather than technological innovation. The original […]

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  • Prop\Tech Weekly #46 – Video messaging with Vox

    | Rayhan Rafiq-Omar

    Friends, Feudal Landlords, Commoners, Imagine if you opened an email and instead of there being something to read you saw a face with a play button. That’s Vox. It allows agents to record a short video instead of typing out text and sends an image from that video with a link via email. The effect […]

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