In a fiercely competitive market, commercial real estate professionals are always looking for ways to outpace their peers, and implementing new technology is one way to do just that. There are dozens of apps and web-based services that perform a variety of useful functions, and it can be difficult to discern which ones are worth investing your time in.

Building Engines is here to help. We’ve picked our five fave “new and noteworthy” startups destined for success. Enjoy!

Honest Buildings

Honest Buildings is a centralized network to showcase and discover the best building solutions and providers. They call it “building meritocracy,” enabling a new era of idea exchange and transparency in the real estate industry. The HB Network connects you to people, projects and companies for millions of buildings globally, helping you find the best solutions for any real estate decision.

The three services HB provides are:

  • Match: An end-to-end matching service for real estate decision makers to source, qualify and select building professionals for their next project.
  • Portfolio: An integrated marketing solution to display your HB portfolio across web, mobile and print, all from a central dashboard with analytics to track ROI.
  • Platform: A platform technology solution for large organizations, cities, and governments to drive key initiatives, manage content, and connect multiple stakeholders.

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This real estate startup built a search engine for the office rental market, which shows listings from the top brokerages and landlords, including SL Green, Jones Jang LaSalle, Cassidy Turley, and Cushman & Wakefield – all at no cost to you. 42Floors used to be a search site primarily used by startups but now, all types of companies use 42Floors to find space,” said co-founder Jason Freeman. “And even more interestingly, many of these companies are from across the U.S.; in fact, 80 percent of our users are searching for office space outside of San Francisco and New York [where the company is based].”

All listings have complete details and photos, acquired by 42Floors team that scouts out listings and constantly refreshes their data, so you have the most updated information.

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CompStak stands out because it creates transparency in commercial real estate by gathering information that is hard to find, difficult to compile or otherwise unavailable.

CompStak is a marketplace for the exchange of lease comps. Their data is used by institutional owners to compare properties, hedge funds to make investments, and provides meaningful data for brokers, investors, appraisers, asset managers, economists and more.

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The News Funnel

The New Funnel gathers trade news and information from trusted industry sources and then let users craft that information into a custom feed that is unique to their geographic market, industry segment and areas of interest.

For Real Estate professionals, The News Funnel saves time and reduces the deluge of emails flooding their inboxes on a daily basis. With real-time updates and the ability to follow specific companies, The News Funnel also keeps professionals armed with the information they need to be successful and stay ahead of the competition.

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LeaseMatrix Lease Analysis

LeaseMatrix’s Lease Analysis tool does exactly what you’d expect: it allows tenants and tenant advisors to analyze leases in a “drop dead simple” fashion. The company’s website allows you to easily summarize every lease proposal – anytime, anywhere, offering real-time updates, Google mapping, dynamic calculations, interactive charting and more.

LeaseMatrix’s customers include Cushman & Wakefield, Cassidy Turley, CBRE and Jones Lang LaSalle.

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Interested in learning more about commercial real estate technology? Check out the CRE Tech Intersect Event in NYC on October 17. This event brings together today’s forward looking CRE professionals, angel investors and venture capitalists around the companies driving innovation in the commercial real estate industry.

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