Inman Select: Fast Forward Stories will speed up your Web traffic with simple, effective video content

"This video marketing platform makes good sense for your real estate business"

writes Craig C. Rowe for Inman Select.

Excerpts from the review:

"Fast Forward Stories subscribers are awarded such an array of video content that I find it hard to believe they would ever exhaust even a fraction of the selection. However, the point to the depth of its library isn’t to overpopulate or inundate — it’s to ensure content specificity.

You see, content marketing isn’t just about providing a lot of content. It’s about providing quality content. Inherent to that quality is the ability to answer a website visitor’s question in under than a few clicks."


"In the era of competition for smartphone screen space, which demands from software developers an extreme focus on interface and visual ergonomics, often to a fault, this product stands out for its practicality.

If you’re seeking a technically simple and industry-knowledgeable way to build website traffic and increase the value of what’s in your CRM, I think Fast Forward Stories is one of the industry’s better video content options."

The review as a whole is available to Inman Select subscribers here:

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David Fletcher - RealtyTimes Spanish-language Videos

"A couple was considering a house, and when I showed the husband our Spanish-language Fast Forward video on closing costs, he lit up like a Christmas tree," said Ken Harris of Welcome Center Realty in Port St. Lucie, Florida. "It clarified things that would have been hard for him to follow had I just explained them in English. It sealed the deal."

Fast Forward Stories founder Dr. Matthew Dunn did not wake up in the middle of the night five years ago and see his work solving one of the great communications issues of the day, but that is exactly what his product is set to do for the real estate industry in English and Spanish.

His company licenses explanation videos to companies that need to explain difficult terms to people who need to know what they mean. If you have ever been asked the same question a second time or more, you know how frustrating this can be, especially when the person who needs the information does not understand you tried to explain.

Full article by the eloquent and charming Mr. David Fletcher here...

Inman Connect "Startup Alley"

Inman News Announces the Real Estate Connect SF Startup Alley


Emeryville, CA (PRWEB) May 08, 2014

Inman News®, the leader in independent real estate and technology news, announced the first 18 companies that will participate in Startup Alley at Real Estate Connect® San Francisco, July 16-18. More companies will be announced in the coming weeks.

Real Estate Connect is the industry’s leading event and is known for successfully launching real estate companies. Through Startup Alley, a sponsorship opportunity available to the hottest new companies to enter real estate tech, startups are able to showcase their technology to over 2,000 of the sharpest minds in the industry.

“Real estate and technology are inseparable, and the companies featured in Startup Alley are creating exciting, innovative solutions that could change the future of the industry,” said David Stein, President and General Manager, Inman News. “If you're serious about impacting the real estate space and want to be seen by industry leaders and decision makers, there's no better place to make it happen than Startup Alley.”

Companies featured in Startup Alley will include:


Balcony is a social referral network for licensed real estate agents. Agents use Balcony to connect with each other to make, accept and track referrals. The company handles all the paperwork and pays commissions within 48 hours of the close of the referral transaction. Balcony makes referrals happen.


East-West Property Advisors connects US real estate agents with Asian buyers. The company, based in Hong Kong (China), provides a one-stop service and tailored advice to assist Asian property buyers that are planning to purchase US real estate for investment, for a home when attending American universities or for immigration.


Fast Forward Stories provides affordable real estate content to reach the on-demand digital customer. The service delivers hundreds of brand-ready "explainer videos" clarifying key real estate concepts for homebuyers and sellers on websites, social networks and mobile apps. The company also offers video libraries, languages, branding and technology options ranging from local brokerages to large national enterprises.


Designed as an exclusive membership circle, Haute Residence connects luxury readers and Haute Living’s affluent audience with design and real estate professionals deemed to be the best in their specific regions, offering homebuyers the opportunity to choose professionals in their area who can help locate and decorate their dream homes.


HomeKeepr is an app for homeowners that delivers “agent-branded” home maintenance reminders directly to their iPhones. Upload your favorite local home service providers and HomeKeepr will include them in the reminders, simplifying property maintenance for new homeowners. Be valuable to your clients long after a closing with HomeKeepr.


House Actually is social listing search. The company builds the most accurate predictor of a home's value, by crowd-sourcing price estimates. House Actually is also creating a space for hyper- local conversations between neighbors, agents, buyers and sellers. Check out the early product at


Househappy is a free, photo-driven real estate search portal for buyers, sellers and brokers to connect, search and post properties around the world.

HOUSERENTALS.COM is a single family rental marketplace dedicated to helping renters find their next home. Headquartered in Santa Monica, CA, strives to make the painful process of searching for houses for rent easier. Focusing on single-family homes, allows agents, property managers, and owners direct access to a target audience nationwide.


Matterport provides an easy solution to capture and experience properties in photo-realistic 3D. More immersive than stills, panoramas, photo galleries, and videos, Matterport’s 3D Media Platform engages buyers while giving sellers the confidence needed to know that their home will be marketed using the latest technology.


“Find a Property. Name Your Price!”™ with Proffer! Proffer is a fast and easy way to begin every real estate communication. Visitors tell agents in advance the kind of budget and terms that are needed by using patented non-binding ‘proffers’. Proffer provides valuable customer information before time consuming walkthroughs are made.


ReferralExchange’s REALTOR® Referral Network enables you to take advantage of every lead you get. The company matches your clients with 3 great agents, handles all paperwork/tracking, and pays you a 25% referral fee. Maximize advertising ROI with ReferralExchange's invite-only network of 12,000 agents, innovative technology and premiere service.

RENTAL ROOST is a transaction-oriented community marketplace for renters and landlords. The company aims to match renters with the perfect home for their lifestyle and needs using proprietary predictive analytics. GrayRoost is a new technology-focused, customer-centric real estate brokerage that focuses on making the home buying and selling process faster, easier, and transparent.


The need for a solution like Secure Show® has never been greater. Secure Show® helps ensure the safety of real estate professionals and landlords using a simple and patent-pending identity verification process. Avoid becoming a “crime-by-appointment” — know who you’re going to meet before you meet them face-to-face.


Introducing Sindeo, a modern Mortgage Advisor. The company is creating a transparent, high-tech mortgage experience paired with stellar service. Sindeo works with borrowers to understand goals, find the right loan and close at blazing speeds. Borrowers get a hassle-free mortgage. Realtors get a dependable partner. Everyone gets peace of mind.


Social for Real Estate provides done-for-you social media content for Realtors®. From expert tips to custom images, blog articles and social topics, you have a robust choice of over 100 content pieces every month. Simply copy, paste and post to your own social media networks! Simple, fast and effective!


Updater helps relocating individuals and families update all accounts and subscriptions, connect utilities, forward postal mail, and more – all from one online dashboard. Updater brands its technology for brokerage firms and agents, enabling them to save their clients hours of time, generate referrals and stay top of mind after closing.


WikiRealty connects consumers and all professionals who share real estate knowledge. Many sites provide data and algorithms, but none offer searchable insights connected to properties and neighborhoods. By connecting the dots at the local and neighborhood level, WikiRealty empowers you to make smarter decisions about where to live and work.

ZUMPER is a new destination site for apartment rentals, bringing real-time search to renters without the spam. ZumperPro is next-generation mobile software for landlords and agents enabling them, for the first time ever, to market listings directly at the property.

Real Estate Connect San Francisco will take place at the Hilton Union Square from July 16-18, 2014. The best and the brightest in real estate and technology are expected to attend. For more information on how to launch your startup at Real Estate Connect or other sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, please contact sales(at)inman(dot)com. For information on how to receive a press pass, please contact maya(at)inman(dot)com.

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RealtyTimes: "Explanation Videos Proving Popular..."

The inestimable David Fletcher of Inman and Realty Times fame spent an astonishing amount of time understanding what we're trying to do.  I've worked with many journalists. They're inherently cool people - they have to be, in a profession under that kind of strain. Mr. Fletcher is the cream of the crop.  He knows the real estate world, knows how to tell a story, and is still as curious as a kid.  

Here's the high points. Follow the link to get the full article:


For those of you who are looking for a way to grab prospective home buyers attention and keep them accurately and thoroughly informed through the home buying process at 'on demand' speed, click here.

What you will find are over 170 short explanation videos for real estate, mortgage, title companies and homebuilders on topics related to just about everything real estate touches.


There is a lot of 'me too' technology out there that promises something better, cheaper or faster than their competition. From what I can see, this application of explanation videos is as practical and customer focused as any real estate technology to come along in years. 

Full Article Here