Apps for home sellers to sell quickly

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If you’re looking for quick cash for your house, you now have several apps to choose from. The business plan for these apps are interesting:

Think of them as house-flippers that work for you. Sellers fill out an online questionnaire, and an iBuyer uses proprietary modeling to assess the home’s value. The company then makes an all-cash offer within 72 hours, sight unseen. (The iBuyer keeps a 6 to 10 percent commission off the price.) They make light renovations and relist the house at a markup. Home buyers can browse and make an offer via app.

It will be interesting to see how much participation these apps generate. There’s a lot of VC money behind these startups.

  

Airbnb in fierce battle with cities trying to regulate the service

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Airbnb has had an enormous impact on the travel and hospitality industries, offering unprecedented choice and convenience to travelers all around the world. Whether you need a bed for the night or a vacation rental for a month, the service provides a variety of options. Meanwhile, homeowners and anyone having a spare room can now monetize the asset very easily.

These conveniences, however, have disrupted markets in dense cities like New York while also creating incidents where users created damage and noise problems.

As a result, cities like New York are trying to crack down, and now Airbnb seems poised to fight back. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

  

SNAP Stock: What do the stocks say?

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One month. That’s how long Snapchat has been on the stock market. Chief Executive Evan Spiegel and Chief Technology Officer Bobby Murphy rang the opening bell to a multitude of stock traders to cheers and applause at the New York Stock Exchange. This being the largest IPO for any Los Angeles company, it means the tech firm now sits firmly among the heavyweights in the technology market.

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Facebook and video – is this a real problem?

The video revolution on Facebook and other social media platforms is a pretty big deal, as viewing habits are clearly changing. But the full extent of this may be exaggerated a bit now that we know Facebook has overstated the amount of time viewers spend on videos.

The conversation above explains fairly well the issue regarding how video views were counted. This alone seems to be a minor issue.

But it does call into question how fast video will overtake other uses for social media.

  

Schools and teachers using crowdfunding

Here’s a great video on how schools and teachers are using crowdfunding to fund things like equipment and other projects that helps schools and students.