30 Under 30 Finalist of 2017

Andrew Flachner

When we founded a listing alert and search platform, RealScout, we started by interviewing brokers and agents for more than 100 hours. Over the past decade we’ve seen countless real estate technology companies promise to eradicate real estate agents and replace them with software. Conventional wisdom in Silicon Valley is to uproot industry mainstays and “disrupt” multibillion-dollar industries. To be sure, the role of agents, brokerages, and technology will evolve. But don’t expect two-click home purchases anytime soon. I believe firmly that there is a lot more value in empowering real estate agents—not trying to replace them.