Excellence In Innovation

innovator-awardsWindermere President OB Jacobi shared a message with Windermere brokers after the company’s recent nomination for the Inman Innovator Award for Most Innovative Real Estate Company.

Who among us doesn’t like being recognized for their hard work? Well, today is one of those days that we should all be proud to be a part of Windermere. As some of you may have heard, Windermere was just nominated for the annual Inman Innovator Award for Most Innovative Real Estate Company. For those who aren’t familiar with this award, it’s a pretty big deal within the real estate industry.

Every year, Inman searches for real estate companies, technology firms, individual innovators, successful agents, forward-thinking brokers, risk-takers, and entrepreneurs who are trying to change the industry. And this year, Windermere was one of the lucky few to be selected. Here is why Inman says Windermere was nominated:

“Windermere boasts more than 300 offices and 7,000 associates throughout the Western U.S. Windermere’s focus on technology took a 180-degree shift two years ago. The Seattle-based firm stopped trying to win the real estate search race. Instead, the company invested in back-end technology to support agent initiatives it openly shares with others. These moves, and others, seem to validate the role the broker must play in the new value chain.”

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We’ll find out on August 6 at the Inman Connect conference if we actually win our category, but to be honest, this is one of those instances when merely being nominated is a huge honor. Not only does it reaffirm our technology objectives, but it shines a light on our brokers and the incredible things they’re doing in our offices and community every day.

So in a way, we’ve already won.

Off the Grid with Tesla

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We’re really excited to hear that Tesla Motors is expanding their horizons. Word on the street is that they’re gradually moving from just making automobiles to focusing on batteries, including ones that power homes. This is good news because while we love the idea of being able to rely entirely on solar-power to run our homes, we know it’s not realistic since it’s dependent upon the sun always shining (we live in Seattle after all). So, we’re forced to remain reliant upon the  grid. That could change when Tesla starts making the same lithium-ion battery technology that powers its super-sleek cars available to homeowners.

What does this mean for us real estate junkies? Inman News says, “Undeveloped land that would once have been cost-prohibitive to build on because of the expense of bringing utilities on-site could suddenly be more attractive — assuming permits are obtainable, and that perc test comes back with a passing grade.” Dear Elon Musk (CEO of Tesla), if we didn’t already have a crush on you, we definitely do now.

Read more on Inman.com.

Windermere Made Inman’s Top 33!

In honor of the 33rd anniversary of the Internet protocol suite, Inman News has decided to recognize 33 people “who are changing or will change the real estate industry in 2015 and beyond.” Windermere’s fearless leader, OB Jacobi, made the list:

“OB Jacobi, broker-owner, Windermere Real Estate.OBJacobi_blue2 Jacobi took over four years ago as president of Windermere Real Estate, the firm his father founded in 1972. About that time, Windermere’s focus on technology took a 180-degree shift. Windermere stopped focusing on winning the real estate search race. Instead, the company invested in back-end technology to support agents, initiatives it openly shares with others. These moves, and others, validate the role the broker must play in the new value chain.”

We’re pretty passionate about real estate and technology around here, so this is a very proud day for us. Congrats OB and the entire Windermere team!