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PropTech Consolidation | Nine Four Ventures

“If you believe that PropTech companies are creating new industries, it feels like we’re still clearly in the 1st stage, and that there are green fields of opportunities for companies to grow into subsequent stages before meaningful competition and fragmentation may occur (I won’t rehash all of the stages here, but ‘Opening’ tends to refer to companies starting in a new industry, while the ‘Scale’ phase focuses on capturing marketshare.”

Construction Technology Firm Targets Lending Pain Points | GlobeSt

Built, a construction finance technology platform, is taking aim at the pain points in construction lending, continually adding features to help streamline the process. To accomplish this goal the firm has brought on commercial lender executive Jim Fraser to help with the task. “

How a New Company is Looking to Make Co-Living Easier | CBS Podcast

Bungalow co-founder and CEO Andrew Collins joins CBS News correspondent Meg Oliver to discuss what lead him to create the co-living start up. The 31-year-old explains how his own experience of moving around the country and having trouble making connections inspired him to create Bungalow.”

Can Ghost Kitchens Replace Bankrupt Mall Tenants | NREI

“Ghost kitchens, food preparation facilities used for delivery purposes only, are beginning to set up shop in regional malls, but industry sources are split on their value as tenants.”

How Tech and Design Are Forming a “Symbiotic Relationship” | Metropolis

“Sustainable architecture and design depend on data, or at least they should. With so much at stake, every design decision is best taken on the basis of accessible, reliable information. The success of popular standards like LEED, Living Building, and WELL depends on a broad culture of transparency in the AEC industry, rather than strictly on legal compliance. “

How Real Estate Will Drive Smart Home Adoption | Forbes

“From solar panels to energy efficient appliances, builders must find the balance on what’s included and what they’ll pass on to the consumer. This varies wildly depending on the price point. But, no doubt, they will be on the forefront of what consumers want and, in many cases, what is possible with smart technology in the home. Instead of a hodgepodge system that a family creates in piecemeal after buying a home, new homes will start with an integrated ecosystem in mind for a better buyer experience.”

A tipping point for proptech? | Property Week

“The property industry has until recently been slow to adopt the benefits that technology has to offer. The main reason for this appears to be the difficulty in understanding the true benefits of tech. Boardrooms have been slow to bring tech skills to the board, which has made it harder for the industry to understand the return on the investment that tech can bring. The less risky approach has been to not invest at all. Traditional thinking has continued to produce good results, so why change? There is a sense we are approaching a tipping point where businesses could start to get left behind.”

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