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Real Estate Startups to Watch


A product of Rent Marketer, Rentbits launches new search that actively crawls the web for property rentals and displays them in brilliant fashion for rental hunters. I’ll be reviewing Rentbits and Rent Marketer and currently have their product listed.

Experience tells us that with the housing market struggling in many areas around the country, that less buyers means more renters, and less homes selling may leave leasing until better times to be a best option. Supplementing your selling efforts with property leasing has been a time tested strategy and Rentbits and Rent Marketer seem to be a fantastic tool in reducing cost and time to market.

HomeThinking Neighborhoods

Here’s an interesting concept, comparing two neighborhoods but with a twist – Home Thinking says it best:

Imagine if we just designed a new fruit, we can spout out all of the data on it: 53% sour, 20% sweet, pH level of 2.2, citric acid levels, size in centimeters, it’s color, etc. You’d know a lot about the fruit but you wouldn’t know what it would taste like, would you? Now, imagine if we said our new fruit is like a lemon but bigger and sweeter, you’d know a lot more. Heck, your mouth might even water.

As another opportunity for agents to be found, and demonstrate your knowledge of neighborhoods in general, here’s a cool twist.

CondoGala – Discover More Condos

CondoGala launches search featuring condos on a global scale. Remember that condo developments are neighborhoods in and of themselves and have a personality all their own. Here’s a place to join the conversation, and discuss these unique living spaces.

Over the next 3-6 months you can expect many advancements that build out the community, but for now listing brokers and developers can advertise their condominium project for free. Expect simple search, simple features, and simple layout to in order to appeal to a wide audience seeking specific information on condos around the globe.

Agent Shield

Are you specializing in new home construction and looking for a way to list community information but want your name and number on the destination website? Well, here you go, and it’s absolutely free. Basically, when a consumer clicks through on your email or website regarding new homes the sales staff information is automatically replaced with your information making you the hero!


Startup to Watch

Dwellgo, Austin’s Open Investor Community where property comes to buyers. Dwellgo is a unique community where property buyers tell Dwellgo what they’re looking for and the property comes to them, and in turn, the seller’s do the same- for free. Very clever indeed- we’ll be watching.



  1. Matt Stigliano

    October 14, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    Benn – Thanks for continuously finding cool stuff for me to play with. AgentShield is a really cool idea in a town like San Antonio where so much is about new home communities and new builders. Finally a way to showcase (and this ties in with an awesome plan I have about one very specific community) and not feel like you’re just sending someone else traffic.

  2. Jim Duncan

    October 14, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    Homethinking’s data is so wrong as to be irresponsible. Somehow I’m selling homes in Charlottesville and Texas. Nifty; I didn’t even know Texas and Virginia offered reciprocal licenses.

    But … I have a 5-star rating! Whoo-hoo! 🙂

  3. Bob

    October 14, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    Rentbits is basically just a scraper site run by a few ex-googlers. I would like to know if their bot honors robots.txt.

  4. James Higginbotham

    October 15, 2008 at 6:40 am

    Being a fan of Dwellgo, as well as the architect and developer for the launch of the first version, I am excited to see Dwellgo featured on your website! The team is fantastic and have a heart for helping people find the perfect family and investment property! I hope you will check it out!

  5. Dan Daugherty - rentBits

    October 15, 2008 at 7:13 am

    Hi Bob,

    Thank you for your question.

    A vast amount of our 500,000 rental listings are fed to us via a feed. The remaining our crawled using our bot technology. Yes, we 100% respect those sites that do not want their site crawled. For those that have a feed or want us to crawl their rental listings, they can submit their site here for free:


    Dan Daugherty

  6. Niki Scevak - Homethinking

    October 15, 2008 at 7:43 am

    @Jim – sorry you feel that way. You are completely free to claim your profile and change anything on it. I have also cleaned up the TX listings and again sorry for that. Please feel free to email me at feedback at homethinking dot com and I am happy to answer any other questions.

  7. Dave Dugdale

    October 15, 2008 at 9:32 am


    Good write up, some of those sites I have never heard of before.

    Hi Bob (I met you at SES), I can tell you Dan’s site are very respectful of robots files.


  8. Dan Daugherty

    October 15, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    rentBits and Rent Marketer mentioned in AgentGenius – https://agentgenius.com/?p=5701

  9. Bob

    October 15, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    @Dan, thanks for the quick answer. One of my clients saw your bot the other day, which is why i asked.

    @Doug, glad to hear that. Will you be at PubCon?

  10. Dave Dugdale

    October 15, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    @Bob I will be at PubCon. That is coming soon isn’t it?

  11. TR

    October 17, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    I think a big one you are missing is Property Previews. I have been using it since the launch and love it. I am saving tons of money and time with free video creation and internet distribution.

  12. Babak

    October 28, 2008 at 9:12 am

    Thanks for the mention Benn. We, indeed, have some exciting things in the works for CondoGala.com. Stay tuned… =)

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