Trust Stamp Announces Free Safety Tool for All Realtors®

Washington, D.C. – November 7, 2017 (nar.realtor) At the National Association of Realtors®’ Conference & Expo in Chicago, Trust Stamp announced that its safety tool will now be free for all Realtors®. Trust Stamp is an identity authentication startup company that leverages artificial intelligence and blockchain technologies to verify strangers’ identities and provide a trust score.

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NAR announced recently that it had made a second investment in Trust Stamp; the first was in November 2016. The startup was one of eight companies last year to participate in the vertical tech accelerator program, REach®, operated by NAR’s strategic investment arm Second Century Investments.

“I’m pleased that this innovate identification verification tool will now be free to all 1.3 million Realtors®,” said NAR President Elizabeth Mendenhall, a sixth-generation Realtor® from Columbia, Missouri and CEO of RE/MAX Boone Realty. “Safety for our members is a top concern, and this is another great tool that Realtors® can use to protect themselves when meeting strangers and new clients.”

Andrew Gowasack, one of the cofounders of Trust Stamp said, “We are thrilled to offer Trust Stamp as a free benefit to NAR members and to empower them to keep themselves and their clients safe. Both Realtors® and consumers should have assurance that everyone they meet during the real estate transaction is verified and trustworthy.”

Trust Stamp develops and deploys proprietary artificial intelligence software to authenticate identity and also analyzes public records and social media to provide a unique color-coded Trust Score. After creating the Trust Score, users can improve it by sharing additional information. While personal details behind a Trust Score remain private and under the user’s control, the score can easily be shared through the company’s unique Trust Stamp.

It’s a powerful tool for helping improve the safety of real estate professionals, who frequently meet new clients or unknown individuals. NAR’s 2017 Member Safety Report found that more than one in three agents experienced a situation that made them fear for their personal safety or the safety of their personal information.

“My vision for the Realtor® organization is to partner with companies that are offering great products and services that will help change the real estate industry,” said NAR CEO Bob Goldberg in a video announcing the new member tool (link is external). “Trust Stamp is an innovative company, and this tool will bring great value to our members and improve their safety, which is so important for what they do.”

Trust Stamp cofounder Gareth Genner said, “There is no issue of greater importance than the safety of real estate professionals and their clients. Perhaps even more concerning than an absence of safe practices, are products that create an illusion of safety. While there is nothing that can displace sensible precautions, we hope that NAR’s investment, and our making Trust Stamp free for Realtors®, will reinforce the need to us a thoughtfully designed process and remove any financial disincentive.”

About Trust Stamp

Trust Stamp has clients across multiple industries, including a major U.S. bank, and has launched an app to improve the safety of peer-to-peer marketplaces like Airbnb, Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace and Uber. Through its relationship with NAR, the company has also partnered with the National Association of Estate Agents in the United Kingdom to provide real estate agents with risk based tools to meet European Union and UK anti-money laundering obligations. The company has created a real estate-specific webpage and mobile app for agents. For more information about the Trust Stamp real estate tool, visit truststamp.re. (link is external)

About National Association of Realtors®

The National Association of Realtors®, “The Voice for Real Estate,” is America’s largest trade association, representing 1.3 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

About Second Century Ventures

Second Century Ventures (SCV) is an early-stage technology fund, backed by the National Association of Realtors®, which leverages the association’s 1.3 million members and an unparalleled network of executives within real estate and adjacent industries. SCV systematically launches its portfolio companies into the world’s largest industries including real estate, financial services, banking, home services and insurance. SCV seeks to define and deliver the future of the world’s largest industries by being a catalyst for new technologies, new opportunities, and new talent. Learn more at www.secondcenturyventures.com (link is external).

NeighborhoodScout® Announces the Top 100 Most Dangerous U.S. Cities and the Top 100 Safest U.S. Cities for 2017

Annual Crime Rates by City Highlight Economic Divide Between Coveted Bedroom Communities and Struggling Inner and Industrial-Satellite Cities Nationwide

Worcester, MA – Jan. 9, 2017 (PRNewswire) NeighborhoodScout, the nationwide neighborhood search engine and provider of location-based analytics for real estate investors, mortgage professionals and homebuyers, has just released its Top 100 Most Dangerous U.S. Cities and Top 100 Safest U.S. Cities lists for 2017, based on annual crime rates by city.

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“The same trend continues to play out across the country, one that highlights a contrast between coveted bedroom communities and struggling inner and industrial-satellite cities,” explains Dr. Andrew Schiller, CEO and founder of Location, Inc. and NeighborhoodScout. “These safe commuter towns, which exist between major cities like Boston, Chicago, and Dallas-Fort Worth and smaller, high-crime satellite cities, have residents who can afford access to opportunity,” says Dr. Schiller. “An easy commute to high paying jobs in the city, combined with decent schools and quality of life in the suburbs, increases home values and lowers crime.”

Top 100 Most Dangerous U.S. Cities – 2017

#100: Wheeling, WV (2016 Rank: N/A)
#80: Lima, OH (2016 Rank: 92)
#60: Tallahassee, FL (2016 Rank: 82)
#40: Charleston, WV (2016 Rank: 33)
#20: Daytona Beach, FL (2016 Rank: 28)

See the complete list.

Top 100 Safest U.S. Cities – 2017

#100: New Lenox, IL (2016 Rank: N/A)
#80: Long Beach, NY (2016 Rank: 40)
#60: Friendswood, TX (2016 Rank: 44)
#40: Saratoga Springs, UT (2016 Rank: N/A)
#20: Parkland, FL (2016 Rank: 13)

See the complete list.

The Most Dangerous Cities list comprises violent crimes, while the Safest Cities list comprises both violent and property crimes. The reason for this distinction: The general public tends to equate a “dangerous” city with “violent” crime (armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape, homicide), while a “safe” city means safety from both property crime (burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft) as well as violence.

Both lists compare the safety of cities with 25,000 or more people nationwide, based on the number of crimes reported and the population of each city. This calculation normalizes the data by providing a rate for individual types of crime per 1,000 residents, offering an accurate comparison of cities of different sizes.

For example, in the past year, Newburgh, NY saw 424 violent crimes. While these numbers are less than Tallahassee, FL (2,063), when factoring in population size, Newburgh (population: 28,290) is ahead of Tallahassee (population: 189,907) on the most dangerous U.S. cities list (#22 vs. #60).

NeighborhoodScout’s analysis of annual crime rates by city is the most comprehensive available because it factors in all reported crimes from all 18,000 local law enforcement agencies across the country. This is important because many cities are served by more than one agency (municipal police, county sheriff, transit police, etc.). For more information, visit the Top 100 Most Dangerous U.S. Cities and the Top 100 Safest U.S. Cities.

About Location, Inc.

Location, Inc. is a geographic research and data mining company born out of university research and a leading provider of location-based data and tools used by corporations for risk analysis. Location, Inc. specializes in location analysis, quantifying and mapping of crime and security risks, structure fire risk, demographic and school data information products, and location-based decision-making tools for businesses and consumers. More than 65 million people and businesses have used Location, Inc.’s data and services, including NeighborhoodScout® and SecurityGauge®, since the Company’s 2000 inception. For more information, visit www.LocationInc.com.

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zipLogix™ and CurbCall Release New Safety Guide for Real Estate Agents

Guide provides safety tips and best practices for real estate professionals during home showings

Fraser, MI – Aug. 3, 2016 (PRNewswire) Inman Connect 2016 — Real estate professionals now have access to helpful safety tips and tools with the newly released Guide to Safer Showings, thanks to a partnership between zipLogix™ and CurbCall®.

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The two companies partnered earlier this year to offer zipLogix™ customers a solution providing real estate professionals with practical safety measures for their protection during home showings. The free, downloadable guide includes a checklist of pre-showing safety guidelines, risk prevention tips, new safety technologies and emergency procedures.

“We think it’s so important that all agents and brokers have the tools and technologies to help them stay safer,” said CurbCall CEO Stephanie Sullivan. “We are incredibly grateful to zipLogix™ for helping us get the message out to accomplish this important mission.”

“According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor & Statistics, more than half of real estate agents in the U.S. are not aware of a standard safety procedure,” said zipLogix™ Chairman of the Board Mark Peterson. “With the release of this guide, our customers can become better educated on simple measures that will increase their safety.”

“Education is only one part of our partnership with CurbCall,” said Petersen. “Offering our customers access to the CurbCall Protect solution at an exclusive rate enables them to feel safer and more secure during showings.”

zipLogix™ and CurbCall are currently offering exclusive access to a two week trial for CurbCall Protect. To take advantage of this limited time offer and experience the benefits of safer showings, visit curbcall.com, there you can download the Safety guide and sign up for the two week trial. For more information on zipLogix™ products and partnerships, visit www.ziplogix.com.

Fraser, Mich.-based zipLogix™ is a technology company created by, owned by and working for real estate professionals to improve productivity and efficiency industry wide. Its software automates and simplifies the repetitive and complex steps of real estate transactions, and is used by more than 650,000 REALTORS® across the country.

Curb Call is a new company headquartered in Boston that’s dedicated to creating breakthrough technology for real estate agents. Co-founded by real estate entrepreneurs Stephanie Sullivan (CEO) and Seth Siegler (CTO) in 2015, the company currently offers two products-CurbCall Connect™ and CurbCall Protect™. In addition to CurbCall Protect, CurbCall Connect is a new lead routing platform with the intelligence to instantly connect consumers with available agents, on demand, in real time that works across desktop and mobile devices.