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How free service Listiki could impact residential real estate

When practicing residential real estate, the first step in modern times is to learn what a buyer is looking at and often, emails are passed back and forth outlining possible MLS matches. Given that most buyers start their search online now and are empowered to begin their preliminary search, it can often be a disorganized beginning.

In steps which is a play on words combining “list” and “wiki.” This free service is one that I think could have a strong impact in the residential real estate sector as it could streamline the beginning steps of a buyer search.

Let’s watch how it works and then talk about how this could improve real estate:

Let’s say Buyer Joe emails you and says he wants to go see a bunch of houses and he want to send you a list of 10 houses, and is in love with Trulia and plans on forwarding each of his glorious finds to you will probably do so one at a time or will send you a list of a bunch of links via email. That’s fine, but if they put their list on Listiki, you could reorder their list according to your insider knowledge.

Let’s say that one isn’t actually on the market anymore, you can create your own list and delete the erroneous listings and based on their described priorities mixed with your expertise, you can reorder the list. Perhaps their list is out of order geographically and you’d like to put them in order of where you’ll go the next morning.

Although we wish that Listiki allowed users to make notes as to why they are reordering each list, it still looks to be a pretty cool streamlining tool.

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Get some practice:

So I created a list called “10 properties in Las Vegas I want to see because I’m a billionaire” that you are welcome to take a shot at rearranging. When you get your unique URL (I got mine by clicking the Twitter button and instead of tweeting it, copying and pasting the link), tell us in the comments what it is and why you changed the list.

If you don’t want to practice, tell us what lists outside of MLS numbers that you think would be useful for crowdsourcing. Lists of bloggers? Top restaurants in your area? Best green features in homes? This is a great way to reach out to your blog audience and ask them to contribute their thoughts- then, you’ll be able to publish the averaged answers. Voila! is not affiliated with

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Lani is the COO and News Director at The American Genius, has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH, Austin Digital Jobs, Remote Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.



  1. Dylan Schleppe

    July 28, 2010 at 7:49 am

    Very cool tool. The collaborative nature of the average rankings is great.
    I can see shoppers sharing the list with their sphere during the buying cycle.
    One thing that I noticed was that when I viewed a particular listing it opens a new tab in FF.
    When I went back to the list I found myself wondering which listing I viewed last.
    They could highlight the last item clicked so you have a reference. Better yet, they could display a thumbnail of the destination like FB does.

    Overall very cool!

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