NAR (the National Association of REALTORS®) has recently announced their acceptance of qualified candidates for an opportunity to enter into the 2017 REach ® Accelerator Class. As a part of Second Century Ventures, NAR’s REach® program seeks to pave avenues for tech startups and existing entities with newer approaches to enter into the real estate market. NAR acknowledged one of last year’s recipients, the energy saving HomeSelfe app.
The NAR mentorship program is currently accepting applications for their 2017 classes and will receive these requests up until January 31, 2017 on their website.Those few who are accepted will participate in an important nine-month program that includes:
- Access to NAR resources
- Networking opportunities
- Industry specific education
- Guidance from real estate and technological mentors
Last year, one of the eight companies chosen to participate were makers of the HomeSelfe app, an energy saving application that allows unique tools for agents, sellers and buyers alike in the real estate market. NAR listed HomeSelfe as one of their “success stories” from 2016 and invites other companies to follow their example.
HomeSelfe began as a free app for homeowners to find rebates, ways to cut their utility bills and save energy by making a few simple changes to their house. They revamped the tools found in their original application to assist real estate agents with an energy profile that will allow them to sell homes faster and often at a higher sale price.
Most of the classmates in the 2016 REach® program were those already rooted in the real estate market with their upcoming endeavors. Although HomeSelfe was initially started to assist those who already owned their own homes to save energy and the environment, they’ve expanded to assist those in the real estate industry and also contractors who make improvements to existing homes and/or build new ones.