When we went to the California Association of Realtors’ Expo this year, we talked with all sorts of interesting businesses supporting the real estate industry. We are highlighting some of the most interesting as part of our new Tech Tuesday series here on ReboReports.
As with the other videos in this series and on this site, this is not a paid endorsement.
Due diligence is an important part of the selling agent’s job, and one which previously had been time-consuming and frustrating. More and more, technology is stepping in to make this job easier. School Scout is one of those companies whose product fills a definite need in the marketplace – being able to easily link MLS information about properties with accurate information about the schools they’re tied to. Buyers often weigh school district quality much higher than many other features of a house, so it’s important to give them the best possible information. Rather than spend hours on the phone with districts to get maps and ratings and suchlike for the twelve properties you’re showing a buyer on a weekend, you can use School Scout to find all that information in one place. Pretty sweet!
Hello, ladies and gentlemen, my name is Brian Fox. I’m with Benutech, and we’re here today in Long Beach, California at the Long Beach Convention Center. We’re going to be interviewing different tech companies, real estate companies, service facilities for you that hopefully can, you know, play a part and help enhance your real estate careers.
BRIAN FOX: Hello, it’s Brian Fox again, we’re here at the Long Beach Convention Center. We’re here with Kimberly Leal, founder of School Scout, and we’re going to talk with her today about what School Scout’s all about, and a little bit, learn more for you Realtors about what it is. So, can you tell us what School Scout is about?
KIMBERLY LEAL: Sure. School Scout’s an online application for real estate agents to be able to match their clients’ MLS search with the actual school boundary search that their clients are looking for.
FOX: Very good. Do you have any competitors right now, and, if so, what makes School Scout different from the competitors that are out there?
LEAL: So, there are people, there are companies out there that have pieces of the information, but there’s no other company that ties all the components together like School Scout. So we have real-time MLS data, we have school boundaries, ranking scores, and school district boundaries as well.
FOX: Obviously, I think the question’s obvious, but biggest benefit to Realtors and then, obviously, to their clients by using School Scout?
LEAL: Well, School Scout literally can do these searches, which took hours, literally hours. You’re showing your client 12 homes on a weekend and you have to check all this information. You have to call the district, you have to, you know, do all your due diligence. Now you can get all that information in about 30 seconds. 30 seconds!
FOX: That’s very, very cool. I’ve been there, I’ve done that, I’ve had to look them up. So, that’s outstanding. Thank you very much for your time.