Contributors will feature guest posts from industry experts on topics ranging from current market conditions to finance, mortgages, technology, brokerages, and other real estate perspectives.
Today, we are excited to introduce our first Contributor, Robyn Woodman––real estate broker turned head of Househappy Business Development. We sat down with Robyn for a brief Q&A to get to know her background, her thoughts on the industry, and what she will bring to the Househappy blog.
First things first, tell us a little about yourself.
I was first licensed as a broker in Washington State in 2006 and owned my own brokerage in Seattle. I worked mostly with investors but also did the occasional transaction for friends and family who wanted to buy a home. Before Househappy, I never felt like there was an existing real estate platform that met both my and my clients’ needs when it came to searching for or posting property for sale online. When I saw early versions of Housheappy for the first time, I fell in love with the concept; So much so that I eventually closed my brokerage and moved to Portland to work with Househappy full time.
What do you do at Househappy?
I head up Business Development. Specifically, I interface with real estate brokers in person and online, educating them about the platform and showing them how to leverage Househappy to increase their real estate business. My experience as a broker has been invaluable in understanding what brokers and their clients want and need from this new platform.
What role do you think technology will play in real estate in the next 5 years?
I think that home buyers will continue to rely heavily on mobile platforms to search for their homes and investment properties. I believe that the most successful technology platforms in real estate will be visual, simple in design, and tailor the information to the individual, creating a more relevant experience. Rather than filling space with charts and graphs that overwhelm, connecting buyers to things that are important to them––the neighborhood they live in, the park down the street, and their closest favorite grocery store.
What topics will you focus on as a Househappy Contributor?
My posts will be aimed primarily at brokers. I want to engage our community in discussions pertaining to the real estate industry, tips and advice from my own experiences as a broker, as well as some advice for buyers on how to improve their property search experience.
Lastly, tell us one thing that most people don’t know about you.
Right after graduate school, I sold most of my possessions and traveled for 6 months: Europe, the East Coast of the U.S. and parts of Central America. I finished my trip in Belize and actually ended up moving there for a year––a great experience.