How B2C FinTech Can Support Real Estate’s B2B Innovation Journey

FitechGelb | October 29, 2019

The real estate industry is a popular target for FinTech innovators, particularly when it comes to new services and products that target renters and homeowners. Developers are increasingly exploring how to address some of the biggest B2C payment friction points in the market, most notably the pain of renters making monthly payments to landlords, often via paper check or clunky, fee-heavy online payment portals. But technology firms have also stepped in to address industry-specific friction points, with Airbnb largely kicking off the innovation trend by enabling homeowners to turn their homes into revenue generators. Companies like Zillow and rival ZeroDown are exploring FinTech innovations to support consumers’ home search and mortgage payment needs, while Cadre emerged to allow consumers to invest in commercial property transactions.

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In your first year as a newbie real estate investor, you're bound to make a few mistakes, but you don't have to make THESE newbie real estate investor mistakes.
Brandon Turner shares the 8 stupid mistakes he made in his first year starting out in real estate investing to help you learn in hopes that you don't make the same! Brandon talks about flipping, house-hacking, buying deals, & more!

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In your first year as a newbie real estate investor, you're bound to make a few mistakes, but you don't have to make THESE newbie real estate investor mistakes.
Brandon Turner shares the 8 stupid mistakes he made in his first year starting out in real estate investing to help you learn in hopes that you don't make the same! Brandon talks about flipping, house-hacking, buying deals, & more!

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SkySlope and Greater Lansing Association of REALTORS | August 05, 2022

SkySlope, the leader in real estate transaction and brokerage software, is partnering with the Greater Lansing Association of REALTORS® (GLAR) to offer its premier transaction management solution SkySlope Suite — including SkySlope Forms and DigiSign — as a benefit to GLAR members. SkySlope's suite of products enables real estate professionals to centralize their workflow while remaining compliant. As the transaction management platform that serves over half of the top 20 largest brokerages in the nation, SkySlope is known for its 24/7 award-winning technical support and customized onboarding and training — both benefits that are now available to GLAR agents. "We are ecstatic to offer SkySlope to our members, SkySlope provides a valuable resource for REALTORS® to get the most out of their form libraries and elevate the transaction process across the state. Seeing as SkySlope is dedicated to building innovative, easy-to-adopt solutions, we know our members will thrive using SkySlope." -Aaron Fox, 2022 Greater Lansing Association of REALTORS® President SkySlope launched in 2011 with a mission to create technology that makes life better for real estate professionals. In October 2017, after several years of impressive growth, SkySlope became a part of the Fidelity National Financial family. This partnership reinforces SkySlope's commitment to its vision, providing them with greater resources to innovate. Since then, SkySlope has continued to create groundbreaking products for its growing community of over 450,000 real estate professionals. Located in Lansing, Michigan, the Greater Lansing Association of REALTORS® was founded with a mission to promote the American dream of homeownership through a free enterprise system. They provide support for their REALTORS®, allowing them the ability to take on industry challenges, protect homeowner and private property rights, and build communities. GLAR's partnership with SkySlope will empower its agents with top-tier tools designed to help them succeed. SkySlope Suite for GLAR members will include: SkySlope Suite - Flagship transaction management solution (includes DigiSign and Forms). DigiSign - Send documents for signature quickly and easily with intuitive (and free) features. Forms - Association and MLS forms that are always up-to-date and synced with data from the MLS. The way REALTORS® work today is changing as they take on more clients, adjust to market swings, and adopt more tech, At SkySlope, we are driven to provide tools that make an immediate impact in our customers' lives which is why we designed SkySlope Suite to be simple, flexible, and user-friendly. We are excited to work with GLAR to provide this benefit to all of its members,says Tyler Smith, CEO of SkySlope. About SkySlope Established in 2011, SkySlope is the customer experience platform managing real estate transactions from contract to close. Serving over 450,000 real estate professionals across the U.S. and Canada, SkySlope manages nearly 3 million transactions annually. SkySlope is on a mission to build solutions that reshape the real estate industry by creating the most powerful autonomous transaction platform. About Greater Lansing Association of REALTORS® Founded in Michigan in 1907, the purpose of the Greater Lansing Association of REALTORS® is to promote the American dream of homeownership through a free enterprise system by preserving the right to own, use, and sell real property. GLAR members work together to take on industry challenges, maintain the most accurate housing data, protect homeowners and private property rights, and help build communities.

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REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT

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