In our latest real estate tech entrepreneur interview, we’re speaking with Glenn Orgin from Richr (a recent addition to the Geek Estate Mastermind).
Who are you, and what do you do?
I’m the founder and CEO of Richr. Richr empowers sellers and buyers to be independent of real estate brokers, by helping them keep more equity when they sell or buy real estate. Richr is the first proptech company that lists homes on the multiple listing service for free and allows buyers to get 100% credit back of the buyers’ compensation. I had an epiphany that the only way to innovate and disrupt real estate is by providing the same tools and databases that real estate agents use and turn them over to home sellers and buyers for free. In giving back more equity to our clients, we hope to build a community where homeowners can leverage their number one asset and use it to generate more income.
Selling and buying real estate has relatively remained unchanged, no service provides a one-stop shop solution in the market place, and real estate brokers traditionally take 6% in commission fees. With Richr, home sellers can list their home in under 5 minutes on the multiple listing service without having to talk with a real estate broker, for free. Our vision is to provide a transaction automation platform where every part of the home sale process takes place and where buyers and sellers meet one another without having to search.
What are you most excited about right now?
Currently, there are pressures from the department of justice and a couple of class action lawsuits on the multiple listing services to make it more affordable for sellers to access their databases without having to offer a buyers’ compensation. If multiple listings services allow sellers to market their homes with no offer to pay a buyers commission, then we may see real estate agents fees democratized. Real estate agents would need to offer their services at more competitive prices to potential clients in the hope of winning their business on both the sell and buy side of the transaction.
What’s next for you?
We are stress-testing some growth hacks so that we can acquire and scale Richr to the rest of Florida and then New York. We are looking forward to growing our team and bringing on new team members who are up for the challenge and journey to disrupt real estate. If you’re up for it and or curious, then get in touch.
What’s a cause you’re passionate about and why?
Helping the youth has always been something that I care for, and I like to raise funds from time to time to support organizations like OUR Rescue that help fight human trafficking and sex trafficking victims among children. I like paying it forward whenever I can.
Thanks to Glenn for sharing his story. If you’d like to connect, find him on LinkedIn here.
We’re constantly looking for great real estate tech entrepreneurs to feature. If that’s you, please read this post — then drop me a line (drew @ geekestatelabs dot com).