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From TikTok-like apps to online investment platforms, Livabl spoke to several leaders this year who are looking to change the game of real estate.

From our collection of Q&A-style interviews, we learned more about how innovation, technology and the effects of the pandemic have evolved the new construction and resale landscape across North America this year.

Here is a look back at six of Livabl’s most memorable Q&As with startups, experts and entrepreneurs in 2021.

1. A Montreal tech startup is helping developers make more profitable floorplans

When launching and selling new construction projects, every dollar counts, especially these days with construction costs on the rise.

Jordan Owen, along with his brother and two fellow partners, created SquareFeet.ai to help developers with price predictions and sales velocity optimization. The platform’s price optimization platform analyzes over 200 unique attributes of a project, which is then plugged into algorithms to generate an initial unit price list before or during sales.

Owen tells us more about SquareFeet.ai and how it is preventing units from being mispriced.

2. Have $1? This interview is with a company that can help you invest it in real estate

The dream of owning real estate doesn’t require oodles of cash, according to one Vancouver-based company.

addy is a real estate investment platform that enables users to make an investment ranging from as little as $1 to $1,500 on a curated list of properties. With a threshold as low as a dollar, addy says that it is lowering the barriers to investing in real estate.

Livabl spoke with co-founder Stephen Jagger in March to learn more about how the firm started, before catching up with him again in November when addy kicked off its first investment property in Toronto.

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3. Taking cues from TikTok, this home search app lets you scroll through listings

Using simple swipe-up technology, Torii lets home buyers browse through a series of filtered and curated listings through its AI-powered home search feature.

Founded in Boston, Massachusetts in 2017, Torii moved into the Los Angeles market and San Francisco Bay Area this year, and plans to expand across the United States in the near future.

Co-founder and COO Zach Gorman talked more about Torii’s technology features and how it is changing the game when it comes to looking for new digs.

4. How 7,000 people shaped the present-day needs of homeowners

The COVID-19 pandemic changed the way we use our home, from a permanent work-from-home space to a safe haven to ride out quarantine in.

The America At Home study gathered over 7,000 insights from U.S. adults in 2020 to understand the design changes they want to see in new homes and communities. Garman Homes then brought those desires to life inside a 2,600-square-foot Concept Home in Chatham Parkin Pittsboro, North Carolina.

Alaina Money-Garman, founder and CEO of Garman Homes, told us more about why and how the Concept Home was created.

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5. This floorplan expert is using data to maximize space

Regarded as the Bill James of floorplans, Bobby Fijan applies statistical innovation to multi-family developments to create better, more efficient floorplans.

Frustrated by a lack of data information about floorplans, ​​Fijan learned how to crunch the numbers to make both for-sale and rental floorplans more flexible and ideal for future residents.

Fijan told us more about common floorplan mistakes builders make and space-saving trends he’s watching.

6. Here’s how developers can turn empty parking spots into cash

Finding a long-term place to park your car in can be tricky, but WhereiPark is hoping to change that.

Founded by Alex Enchin and Jeremy Zuker, the online marketplace has been working to help companies and commuters reserve monthly parking spaces while giving ​​construction developers and landlords the opportunity to make money on empty parking spaces.

Enchin and Zuker explained how WhereiPark helps new construction buildings create revenue even before residents move in.

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