Where Real Estate Gets Its Dirt

An app store for RE Vendors?

1000Watt Consulting released the “1000watt Index” this week. To me this is the next generation of the “Real Estate Mind Map” they published awhile back. Here’s a few thoughts I have about the site.

First off, I LOVE the design. It’s as simple as it gets. Great layout. They have about 35 categories, laid out nicely, and already have over 300 links to companies/products.

This reminded me of a simliar web site launched a couple months ago called Haystack.com (now called Sortfolio.com). It was put out by the guys at 37signals. Basically it’s was a way for companies to find web designers. Web designers can get a free posting or pay for a premium posting (bigger, more content).

Joel at 1000watt says there are no plans for charging vendors. But I think it is something they should consider.

Taking it a step further is the WAV Group. They are launching a new site called RETechnology.com. The site is not launched yet but will launching in several markets early this year. They also provide free listings for vendors AND a way to pay for premium ads. Agents will able to access the site through their MLS system is some markets.

  1. Kudos to 1000 Watt – they did a nice job at putting a vendor list together in one place as a resource to their clients/blog readers. We fully agree that a “yellow pages” for real estate agents and brokers to begin their product selection process has been needed in the industry for a long time.

    RE Technology is significantly different. In addition to the directory of vendors, visitors will find a product directory with product descriptions, product reviews, articles, research reports, etc. Moreover, RE Technology is a community where service providers, product users, and product shoppers can engage in conversations about technology and view user ratings. The aim is to allow brokers and agents to make better technology vendor selections by providing access to deeper levels of information about products and services than what may be found at a Technology vendor website.

  2. Thanks for the kind words Greg. We’re super stoked about the reaction to the Index.

    We already have a whole long list of suggestions that we’re considering for the next iteration. So stay tuned!

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