New site aims for easier broker-client meet-ups

New York /
Jun.June 01, 2010 07:00 PM

Move over, BlackBerry. A new website called Nelbee, which plans to launch later this month, will coordinate broker and client schedules in real time online, perhaps ending the flurry of texts, phone calls and e-mails required to arrange a simple showing.

The site, started by New York Law School students Mike McGrath and Edward Valenti, will allow registered renters and buyers to connect directly to brokers on listings, without having to access the brokers’ page. The software allows people to connect through what is essentially an online appointment service.

While the site will work for both sales and rental listings, McGrath said he suspects renters will use it more.

“The rental market moves very fast. People are in more of a rush,” McGrath explained.

McGrath said he’s already solicited feedback from agents at some of the city’s biggest brokerages, including the Corcoran Group, Prudential Douglas Elliman and Warburg Realty. So far, most agents are enthusiastic about the program, he said.

“Initially we’re providing a very basic product of scheduling,” McGrath said of the program’s appeal to brokers. “We would just let them know there is a ready, able and willing buyer [or tenant] available.”

While Nelbee, an amalgamation of McGrath’s daughter’s nickname, “Nellie Bean,” will launch in New York City only, the pair of founders plans to expand nationwide once they’re up and running. They have spent $70,000 so far on the start-up.


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Matt Lauer exposes Hamptons estate to the market
Matt Lauer exposes Hamptons estate to the market
Matt Lauer exposes Hamptons estate to the market
 Fredrik Eklund and the property (Getty, Steve Frankel)
Fredrik Eklund lists Bel Air mansion for rent as family moves to “forever home”
Fredrik Eklund lists Bel Air mansion for rent as family moves to “forever home”
Gordon Ramsey and his Lucky Cat restaurant (Lucky Cat)
Gordon Ramsay to open first South Florida restaurant in Miami Beach
Gordon Ramsay to open first South Florida restaurant in Miami Beach
Mindspace founders Dan Zakai and Yotam Alroy. (David Garb for Mindspace)
Mindspace gets $72 million induction to continue shared-space expansion
Mindspace gets $72 million induction to continue shared-space expansion
Abalone Point, Laguna Beach California. (Photo D Ramey Logan.jpg from Wikimedia Commons by D Ramey Logan, CC-BY 4.0)
$70 million purchase a record sale in Orange County, California
$70 million purchase a record sale in Orange County, California
Jared Kushner (Getty)
Jared Kushner looks to Persian Gulf for investment-firm financing
Jared Kushner looks to Persian Gulf for investment-firm financing
Chinese President Xi Jinping (Getty)
Chinese regulators ease some real estate controls
Chinese regulators ease some real estate controls
Last remaining Japanese-American farm on LA peninsula to shutter
Last remaining Japanese-American farm on LA peninsula to shutter
Last remaining Japanese-American farm on LA peninsula to shutter
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...