Redfin’s Free Home Buying Class in Walnut Creek, CA

Redfin’s Free Home Buying Class in Walnut Creek, CA
Event on 2013-06-19 18:00:00

Thinking about Buying?

Our free class, hosted by our local agent, Martin Hendren, will get you on the right track. Plus dinner will be provided!

What We'll Cover:

  • Is buying for you?
  • Bay Area home prices, inventory levels, and market conditions
  • Finding an agent & tolls for your home search
  • Home finance for pre-approval to mortgages
  • Quick review of the purchase process & special property types (short sales, foreclosures)

Free dinner will be provided!

Your Host, Redfin Agent Martin Hendren

Martin Hendren is an agent on Redfin's Lafayette-Walnut Creek Team. He's helped over 65+ people buy and sell. Want to meet him before the class or just have a quick question? Feel free to give him a call at (925) 786-3398 or email He's happy to answer all of your home buying and selling questions. 

Free and Never any Obligation
Our mission is to reinvent real estate.  A big part of this means we want you to be as informed as possible about buying or selling a home.  Attending this class doesn't obligate you to work with a Redfin agent; just come to learn, eat, and drink!

at Bank of America
101 Ygnacio Valley Road
Walnut Creek, United States

Inman News Announces 8 Innovator Award Winners at Real Estate Connect San Francisco

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) July 21, 2010

Eight ground-breaking companies were recognized at Real Estate Connect San Francisco on July 15, 2010 at the Hilton Union Square and were awarded the Inman News Innovator Award. These eight innovative companies are using technology to break new ground in the world of real estate and marketing and are offering intriguing technologies in the areas of mobile devices, technology, web 2.0, social media and much more.

Each year, Inman News announces the launch of the Inman News Innovator Awards process with a call for nominations several months prior to the Real Estate Connect conference. Nominations are open to all and are submitted online. An Inman News review team considers the nominations and selects a list of finalists, and the finalists are drawn from the nominees and a list of other prospects suggested by the Inman News editorial team. The review team selects the winners from the list of finalists.

Winners were announced in five categories, with an additional two individual awards. Also, one finalist was honored with a first-ever People’s Choice Innovator Award, selected based on voting in an online survey.

The winners are:

Most Innovative Brokerage or Franchise: The GoodLife Team

The GoodLife Team, a boutique real estate firm based in Austin, Texas, takes an agent team approach to its brokerage. The small company has a focus on training and technology and is led by Krisstina Wise, principal and broker. The website features property, neighborhood and school details and information about area activities.

Most Innovative New Technology: ZipRealty’s HomeScan

The ZipRealty HomeScan iPhone app feature incorporates multiple-listing-service-based property information with augmented reality — users can point their smart phone’s camera within the neighborhood where they are standing to view an overlay of nearby homes that are for sale or recently sold. ZipRealty’s app also offers photos, maps and details on for-sale homes in about 4,900 cities.

Most Innovative Web Service: Houston Association of Realtors’ Realtor Match

Realtor Match, created by the Houston Association of Realtors, allows consumers to search for Realtors based on ratings from consumer surveys and based on their transaction history, such as sactive listings and closed sales. Users could search for Realtors by map area. Agent complaints prompted the association to cut the search tool from its standard Realtor-search tools accessible at, though this award honors the innovation as originally designed and launched.

Most Innovative Blog: Tech Savvy Agent blog

The Tech Savvy Agent blog features three real estate voices, including Stephen Pacinelli, Suzanne Roy and Chris Smith. The site offers up hardware and software reviews, videos, tech advice and tips, and integration with social media. A recent post sparked over 300 tweets on Twitter and 264 “shares” on Facebook.

Most Innovative Media Site: ProPublica Eye on Loan Modifications

ProPublica is an independent, nonprofit news agency that has a mission to produce investigative journalism in the public interest. ProPublica’s Eye on Loan Modifications project continues to shine a light on actual performance of large servicers participating in the federal government’s loan-mod programs and serves to connect those homeowners who have sought loan mods with journalists who are working on related articles.

People’s Choice Award: DocuSign’s ESIGNControl app

The DocuSign ESIGNControl app allows real estate professionals to send and receive documents from their iPhone to be electronically signed by buyers and sellers, and also allows professionals to oversee document details and corrections.

Innovator of the Year No. 1: Sherry Chris, president and CEO of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC.

Sherry Chris has served in executive roles for a range of large brokerages across the country and in Canada, including Royal LePage, Real Living, Prudential and Coldwell Banker, and most recently served Realogy Corp. in launching the Better Homes and Gardens real estate franchise. Her forward-thinking approach to social media, technology and branding has helped to grow this new franchise. During the Real Estate Connect conference Chris discussed a just-launched “Beta Brokers” Web project that profiles a number of real estate industry innovators.

Innovator of the Year No. 2: Dale Stinton, CEO, National Association of Realtors.

Dale Stinton, CEO for the National Association of Realtors, helped to launch the association’s Second Century Ventures, an incubator for tech innovation. His leadership has also brought about the deal to form Realtors Property Resource — a massive national property database project now in development. He also oversaw a partnership by NAR with e-signature provider DocuSign, and the launch of the Game Changers program that has fostered innovation at Realtor associations across the country, as well as the Right Tools, Right Now initiative to put useful resources into the hands of member Realtors.

Since their inception in 1997, the annual awards have recognized companies including LendingTree, Coldwell Banker, Sawbuck Realty, Redfin, ActiveRain, vFlyer and, and individuals including Frank LLosa of Frankly Realty and, Bob Hale of the Houston Association of Realtors, and Mark Lesswing of the National Association of Realtors’ Center for Realtor Technology.

For additional information, please contact Katie Lance, Marketing Manager, Inman News at (510) 658-9252 ext. 147 or katie (at) inman (dot) com

About Inman News | Inman News ( is the leading source of independent real estate news, information, advice, research, technology, opinion and commentary for industry professionals and consumers alike. Inman’s unbiased and hard-hitting stories are known throughout the real estate industry. Agents and brokers globally trust Inman News as their first source of accurate, innovative and timely daily news.

Inman News produces the executive level Real Estate Connect conference twice a year, once in New York and once in San Francisco. This three day, high-level event focuses on the future of real estate marketing and technology. Inman News also produces Agent Reboot, a one-day event geared toward real estate agents to get them up to speed on the latest real estate technologies and strategies. Agent Reboot will be available in 12 cities in 2010.


CloudMade Raises $12.3 Million in Series B Funding

Menlo Park, CA (PRWEB) July 27, 2010

CloudMade has raised $ 12.3M in a Series B investment round led by new investor Greylock Partners, which joins existing investor Sunstone Capital. The company will use the funds to further accelerate its work to build the world’s most comprehensive map and geo database, and serve this data to developers, device manufacturers and mobile operators through its comprehensive mapping platform.

“This new funding will enable us to significantly expand our support to developers and businesses in building and monetizing apps, products and services that use maps and location,” said Juha Christensen, CEO & Chairman of CloudMade. “We’re thrilled to have additional backing from Sunstone and a new investment from Greylock and look forward to leveraging their joint expertise.”

Unparalleled by any existing product, CloudMade’s versatile mapping platform was built solely for developers and large customers, such as device manufacturers and mobile operators. This is reflected by its quickly expanding 12,500-strong developer community and its growing customer base. CloudMade’s platform allows third parties to easily create applications with stylized and customized map tiles, fully featured turn-by-turn navigation, in-app advertising, local search and data sets relevant to thousands of consumer activities. CloudMade’s best-selling developers’ apps include: Skobbler, OffMaps, Geocaching, Trails, Ride the City and GayCities.

CloudMade works alongside OpenStreetMap (OSM), a wiki map of the world with over a quarter of a million users worldwide (3,500 new users per week), making over 7,000 edits per hour. Early this year, CloudMade introduced the ‘It’s Your Map’ initiative to stretch the bounds of the OSM community by providing user-friendly apps that enable non-technical people to become map contributors. This new funding will also allow CloudMade to build out and add to its popular suite of consumer mapping products, Mapzen, which severely reduce the complexity of mapping and makes mapping fun for all.

The diverse team behind CloudMade includes the co-founder of Symbian and ex-Microsoft senior executive Juha Christensen, OpenStreetMap (OSM) founder Steve Coast, long-time OSM contributor Nick Black, and former Symbian and SurfKitchen executive Jim Brown. CloudMade was established to help developers create compelling location enabled applications and to simplify the way people contribute to OSM. CloudMade earns revenue though location based advertising, geo data and premium mapping services.

“CloudMade is leading a dramatic change in the way maps and location data are being created, distributed, used and monetized,” said Greylock Partner Arnon Dinur, who joined CloudMade’s Board of Directors as part of this investment. “We believe that consumers’ and developers’ needs for daily updated maps with greater detail and relevance, will explode in the coming years. Using CloudMade’s platform enables the best return on investment to meet this growth.”

“We’re pleased to continue our support for CloudMade and the OpenStreetMap initiative, which is disrupting the traditional mapping world with its crowd sourced approach and unique product offering,” said J

Redfin’s Free Mortgage Class in Seattle, WA

Redfin’s Free Mortgage Class in Seattle, WA
Event on 2013-04-09 18:00:00
You’ve read the headlines: It’s tougher to get a mortgage today than it was a few years ago. If you are considering a home purchase, it might be time for you to learn about the financing options available now.

Join our expert Redfin agent Codi Nelson and Matt Johnson from Sterling Bank as they discuss home financing and answer your questions about mortgages.

In this free class we’ll cover:

  • Getting pre-approval, organizing your assets, & preparing for a down payment
  • Examining your credit report & reconciling debt
  • Shopping for a lender & lender search tools
  • Mortgage types & current rates

Your Host, Redfin Agent Codi Nelson


Codi is an agent on Redfin's Seattle Team. He's helped over 65 people buy and sell. Want to meet him before the class or just have a quick question? Feel free to give him a call at (206) 498-4148 or email at He's happy to answer all of your home buying and selling questions.

Parking Information
Paid street parking and paid lots available near the office. Enter the building and go up the elevator to the 5th floor. 

Free and Never any Obligation
Our mission is to reinvent real estate. A big part of this means we want you to be as informed as possible about buying or selling a home. Attending this class doesn't obligate you to work with a Redfin agent; just come to learn, eat, and drink!

at Seattle’s Redfin Office
2025 1st Ave
Seattle, United States