BiggerPockets Exclusive: Sneak Preview of Real Estate Website Realivent


I’m not sure how I originally heard about the Realivent site, but there was something tempting about a site that “is looking for beta testers.” A few weeks ago I filled out their tester sign-up form, and on Saturday, was admitted into their Beta program. After filling out a simple registration form, I was able to access the various functions of this site, which looks like a consolidator of real estate blogs, news, and property listings.

Here are the site’s real estate tools:

Property Listings:

It seems like the site is just scraping Craigslist‘s listings and integrating the location into Google maps like many of the other real estate mashup web 2.0 sites. In addition to showing the basic property info (asking price, beds, baths) and a photo, it appears as though Realivent will eventually have comparable data, school and neighborhood information. Click on a property listing, and you’re taken right back to Craigslist. In its current state, the site only shows a handful of San Francisco listings, and has basic search functionality; this section looks nice, but is not currently functional. I’m not sure if they are going to just crape listings from other sites, or if they will have their own listings — we’ll see.

Real Estate News:

The real estate news section of Realivent appears to function like sites such as Netscape, Shoutwire, and the original news rating site, Digg. Users can post links to real estate news with a brief summary, and others can rate that story. Unlike the aforementioned sites, the articles with higher ratings and greater interest do not move to the top of the page; they are simply given a one through five star ranking to determine popularity. In addition to rating articles, the site lets you post a comment about the article, email it to a friend, and lastly, report the story (if SPAM, I’m guessing).

Real Estate Blogs:

Realivent lets users add blogs to the site. This section functions in the same way as the real estate news section, except that once added, articles posted on the blogs will appear on the site. You can rate, comment, email and report any of the stories.

The last thing I noticed about the site is that there is a search bar that includes videos. I’m not sure what kind of videos they intent to have on the site, but it seems like a strange fit with a real estate site.

Overall, the site appears to be an aggregator of various real estate information. It looks nice, but doesn’t bring anything technologically new to the online real estate world or the web in general. We’ll wait and see what else they bring to the picture once the site is fully functional, and will reserve judgement until then.

The site does not list a date of public release.

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Joshua Dorkin

Joshua Dorkin (@jrdorkin, Google+) founded when he saw a need for free, trustworthy information about real estate investing online. Over the past 12 years, Josh has grown the site from self-funded hobby to full-time job and passion. Today, BiggerPockets brings together over 600,000 members, housing the world’s largest library of real estate content, iTunes’ #1 real estate podcast, and an array of analysis tools, all geared toward helping users succeed.


  1. Thank you for the post, we really appreciate it.

    Unfortunately the site is probably in alpha state, so we have taken it down for some final testing. Should be back up in a day or 2.

    To answer some questions from the post.
    We do scrape CL, backpage and other sites, but CL is the majority, they get 10X the posts as other sites. We mapped the listings, added sales data, school info, and demographics. Craigslist on steroids, is the way I think of it.

    The site is really for communication between realtors and the public. We have a poster similar to Postlets, but with much more functionality. This is what the beta testers are for. When I was a realtor, I built myself a posting application, and received very good results, so we ported it to an application that others can use, and we hope others have good results.
    We also have virtual tours, video tours, voice commentary, etc…

    Thanks again, and we will let you know when Realivent is ready for another review.


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  3. I just checked it out and it kinda looks like they are making it a sort of buy some or all the options and get your own real estate web presence in one quick action. Has this been morphing since 06? does anyone know? To be fair I didn’t take a great deal of time, but I did see a list of options for getting web functionality.

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