The Proptech Podcast with Kylie Davis

The Proptech Podcast with Kylie Davis

By Kylie Davis
The Proptech Podcast explores innovation in real estate and the property industry. In each episode we introduce listeners to a proptech innovator who is pushing the boundaries of what's possible in real estate and explore the issues and challenges raised by the tech.
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Tomasz Dorawa - Virtual Tours Creator
Welcome to Episode 14 of the Proptech Podcast. My guest in this episode is Tom Dorawa, founder of Virtual Tours Creator and possibly one of the most positive people in proptech. Virtual Tours Creator is a platform that makes it ridiculously easy - and affordable - for agents to create virtual reality walkthroughs for the properties they’re selling. In this episode, Tom explains the difference between a video walkthrough, a virtual tour, and augmented reality. Now I don’t know about you, but I’ve never been really clear on the differences so this explanation is really helpful. I hope it will give you an ‘aha!’ moment that helps you to see how extremely valuable a virtual tour can be to property buyers - and even landlords. And if it’s cheap and easy to do - why wouldn’t you offer this as a service? Shownotes here: https://kyliecdavis.com.au/2020/02/episode-15-virtual-tours-creator/ Transcript here: https://kyliecdavis.com.au/2020/02/episode-15-virtual-tours-creator-transcript/
42:33
February 11, 2020
Zoe Pointon - OpenAgent
Zoe Pointon, CEO of OpenAgent is my guest in this episode.  OpenAgent began eight years ago selling leads to agents on a transaction by transaction basis and taking a clip of the commission. But now they’ve grown and matured to become a sophisticated big data business that is partnering with select agencies to manage lead qualification, to give both agents and consumers a better real estate experience. And they’ve also pivoted their charging model.  They’re a great example of a PropTech business that has started out with a revolutionary idea, successfully scaled, grown, and now pivoted. Moving from being an industry outsider to a trusted data partner that can help agents grow their business, save time, and deliver better services to consumers. Shownotes here: https://kyliecdavis.com.au/2020/02/episode-14-openagent/ Transcript here: https://kyliecdavis.com.au/2020/02/episode-14-openagent-transcript/
39:54
February 3, 2020
Shelli Trung - REACH
My guest in this episode is Shelli Trung, the head of the REACH programme in Australia and South-East Asia.  REACH have just recently announced their first cohort of proptechs from Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. Shelli tells us about the programme and how the innovators are being supported by REACH are transforming real estate into the future.  If you’ve been following the rise of accelerators and venture capital in the proptech space, this is a really interesting interview because Shelli shares how the REACH programs across the different countries work together – and the opportunities this offers, not just for Australian and Kiwi companies wanting to expand overseas, but how overseas businesses are being given a leg up to come to our neck of the woods. Shownotes here: https://kyliecdavis.com.au/2020/01/episode-13-reach/ Transcript here: https://kyliecdavis.com.au/2020/01/episode-13-reach-transcript/
47:45
January 28, 2020
David Stewart - Market Buy
David Stewart is my guest in this episode of the Proptech Podcast. He’s the founder of Market Buy - one of the new platforms that is working to make the sales communication process more efficient and transparent. Dave is well known in the industry. He’s still a working agent, so he has excellent insights into what does and doesn’t work for agents. And Market Buy is having some significant success helping agents deliver a better service to both buyers and sellers, by making it easy to understand what price the offers are at so that buyers don’t leave anything in the tank. At the same time, as Dave explains, Market Buy has some great transparency filters that agents can adjust to suit the circumstances of the sale. Market Buy has won several REIV Innovator of the Year awards and is now heading off to launch in the US. In fact, as this episode goes to air, Dave is heading to the INMAN Conference in New York. I have serious FOMO! Shownotes: Transcript:
37:56
January 20, 2020
Michael Dornan - MovingHub
In this episode, my guest is Michael Dornan, CEO of Moving Hub, a business that was an early innovator in the proptech space of connection services and which is continuing to raise the bar. They say that moving house is one of the most stressful things you can do - up there with divorce and death of a loved one. And isn’t it true that you don’t realise how much ‘stuff’ we have in our lives, until you need to pack it in a box and move somewhere else? Or all of the services that you use until you have to unplug them and reconnect them somewhere else. And how much time you can lose in your life by doing all that work. MovingHub enables real estate agencies to offer all of these services without asking them to let go of their relationship with their customers. In this way, it’s a great service that enhances the role of the real estate agent in providing property services, rather than outsourcing it. Smart agents are using it to enhance and deepen their relationships with clients. Read the shownotes here:
27:50
December 19, 2019
Peter Schravemade - BoxBrownie
My guest in this episode is Peter Schravemade from BoxBrownie - one of Australia’s strongest success stories in the residential proptech space. BoxBrownie - to quote Pete - touches up photos. They’re an automated platform that makes it ridiculously easy for real estate agents to get property photos corrected - whether that’s removing shadows and fixing the lighting, changing overcast days to sunny, or even adding virtual furniture and renovations. They won a coveted spot on the NAR REach program for 2019 and completely dominating the conference circuit in the US using it to successfully launch the business globally. BoxBrownie are some of the hardest workers on the conference circuit - they know everyone and they’re generous with their hospitality and connections and have been great ambassadors for Aussie proptech. In fact, Peter was recently named a 2019 Real Estate Top 50 Influencer by Elite Agent Magazine. In this episode, he shares the story of how its taken a team of complementary personalities - rather than a single founder - to grow BoxBrownie. And he shares how BoxBrownie have built their business in the US. Read the shownotes here: https://kyliecdavis.com.au/2019/12/episode-10-boxbrownie/
48:14
December 16, 2019
Justin Butterworth - Snug
My guest in this episode is Justin Butterworth, a serial entrepreneur whose innovations have already changed how we rent property in Australia, and who, with his latest venture, "Snug" is working to shake us up all over again. Snug is focused on making renting easier. It has three key ways it does this – Snug Match helps property managers find the best tenants faster, BondCover which is seeking to transform how a bond is paid and managed, and a truly revolutionary new venture that is looking at how we could use superannuation with a rent-to-buy investment scheme. Justin with his background as an economist is a great example of the fresh thinking that's driving innovation in real estate, and turning long-held truths about how we do things on their heads. I hope you enjoy this episode. Shownotes here
41:00
December 9, 2019
Patrick Hill - Realm and CLAIRE
My guest in this episode is Patrick Hill, CEO of Realm which many of you may know from the REI-endorsed communication app. But over the past few months, Patrick has been working on a second, significant project - introducing AI to property management with an AI called Claire. Patrick talks us through the numbers of the 'busy' work that property managers do - including more than 1 million emails a year. And yet the job grows ever more stressful as PMs struggle to meet customer expectations. In such a space,  AI in property management becomes a complete no brainer. Adopting this kind of technology gives us the tools to make customer service the centre of our businesses while making life less stressful for our staff. My prediction is that in five years time, we’ll look back at 2019 and wonder how on earth - and why on earth - we struggled to do it manually for so long. Shownotes
31:16
December 2, 2019
Chris Rolls - Pielab
Chris Rolls, CEO of Australia’s first residential real estate venture capital fund is my guest in episode 7 of The Proptech Podcast. Chris has one of the best grasps on technology in the Australian real estate industry, and his VC fund has evaluated more than 480 startup businesses over the past three years in the space. In this interview, we discuss the future trends you can expect to see in real estate - which include a stronger embracing of the gig economy, and the disruption of ‘principals’ (that’s the people, not the ethics). He believes agencies are going to become bigger, putting smaller businesses under pressure. We talk about how even the Accelerator space is changing in real estate with the arrival of new funds such as NAR REach and a plethora of commercial real estate funds. And as he calls for the industry to ‘act’ to collaborate and fund innovation, I put a bit of heat on him about the lessons that the residential space could learn from the rise of the commercial real estate accelerators. Enjoy the show! See the shownotes here:
46:02
November 18, 2019
Aimee Englemann - Beepo
My guest on the Proptech Podcast this week is Aimee Engelmann, CEO and founder of outsourcing business, Beepo. This is a really interesting conversation about the nexus between outsourcing and technology adoption in real estate. We cover how the skills you learn when you successfully outsource as an agent, are great training for adopting technology. And we look at how outsourcing is both being disrupted by some of the technology now out there, while also accelerating it - and how outsourcers are able to support the proptech industry through product feedback and client recommendations.  See the full shownotes here
28:40
November 18, 2019
Kate Chalk - RESO
My guest in this episode of The Proptech Podcast is Kate Chalk, chief executive of a South Australian-based startup called Reso. You may have heard about them in their previous iteration when they were called ReBid. RESO are working to make the private treaty process of making offers and negotiation more transparent, while still offering the real estate agent complete control. And they have a full end to end contract management system that really puts everything an agent needs in one place and makes it easy to share with potential buyers.  The Proptech Podcast explores the area where real estate and technology collide. In each episode, we introduce listeners to a proptech innovator who is pushing the boundaries of what's possible and explore the issues and challenges raised by the tech. See the shownotes here: https://kyliecdavis.com.au/2019/11/episode-5-reso/
33:46
November 11, 2019
Sandy Moore - Our Property
My guest in this episode is Sandy Moore, CEO of property management startup OurProperty. OurProperty is a cloud-based property management system that streamlines the work property managers do around managing and maintaining property. And it’s one of THOSE PM systems that ask the question, do you really need a trust account? And in this episode, Sandy makes a fairly strident case about why 'app stacking' doesn't work if you're trying to automate property management. I'm sure that's going to spark a debate! The Proptech Podcast explores the area where real estate and technology collide. In each episode we introduce listeners to a proptech innovator who is pushing the boundaries of what's possible and explore the issues and challenges raised by the tech. See the shownotes here
42:38
November 4, 2019
Adrian Yong - Rentality
In Episode 3 of The Proptech Podcast we meet Adrian Yong, a co-founder of Rentality. Rentality is a very new Australian startup, that is seeking to create a mid-term property market - longer than AirBnB but shorter than a full lease.  Rentality specialise in finding accommodation for professionals on secondment. They're working through property management teams inside agencies together with property developers to create a new style of rental market, so it's worth listening to hear about this $11.9 billion market that is right under our noses.  The Proptech Podcast explores the area where real estate and technology collide. In each episode we introduce listeners to a proptech innovator who is pushing the boundaries of what's possible and explore the issues and challenges raised by the tech. See the shownotes here
29:36
October 28, 2019
Sarah Bell - AIRE
My guest in the second episode of The Proptech Podcast is Sarah Bell, co-founder of AIRE, and mother of Rita, the real estate robot.  This is a wide-ranging conversation about how AI is making us more human. We cover not just what AI is in real estate, but how we should be using it and how it’s making our lives easier. We also look at how AI builds relationships and shows us how to identify ‘passive’ requests for service, plus a very fun section on how holding onto your data is the equivalent of being a crazy newspaper hoarder. The Proptech Podcast explores the area where real estate and technology collide. In each episode we introduce listeners to a proptech innovator who is pushing the boundaries of what's possible and explore the issues and challenges raised by the tech. See the shownotes here
49:38
October 21, 2019
Dan Swan - RealAR
The Proptech Podcast is where property and innovation collide. Each week we introduce listeners to a proptech innovator who is pushing the boundaries of what's possible in real estate and explore the issues and challenges raised by the tech. In our first episode, meet Dan Swan, the founder of RealAR, which turns 2D floorplans into a virtual walkthrough. RealAR cures us all of a condition called 'aphantasia' - an inability to visualise 2D drawings as a 3D concept. Most of us have it - and the cost of this is significant in the building industry because it creates extraordinary fear and anxiety around whether what we've planned is actually going to work.  RealAR doesn't require a lot of expensive technology - it works on your smartphone. And it's set to revolutionize selling off-the-plan, architecturally designed homes and how we visualize renovations, new builds and even how councils approve developments.  See the shownotes here.
35:21
October 14, 2019
The Proptech Podcast Teaser
It’s Kylie Davis here and I’m delighted to be your host on The Proptech Podcast as we explore the brave new world where technology and real estate collide.  I passionately believe we need to create and grow a sense of community between the innovators and real estate agents and sharing our stories is a great way to do that. The aim of each episode is to introduce listeners to a proptech innovator who is pushing the boundaries of what's possible, and explore the issues and challenges raised by the tech and how they can create amazing property experiences. So join us each week starting October 15. 
00:49
October 6, 2019