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The Case for iBuyer Becoming the Default

Recently, I saw a thread on Facebook that referenced this post from TheStreet.com, in which Jim Cramer and Marc Chaikin just trash Zillow: Marc Chaikin, founder and CEO of Chaikin Analytics, compared the company to a “landmine” in his webinar with Jim Cramer Wednesday, Nov. 7. Cramer jumped in and said, “if you have Zillow […]

remax-q3-2018

Trying to Make Sense of RE/MAX

Q3 earnings are starting to come out, with Realogy, Zillow and RE/MAX reporting and Redfin and EXPI coming soon. I’m likely going to do a Red Dot on the important takeaways from Q3 (and there are a few, from what I can tell right now) but I typically don’t do RE/MAX in any sort of […]

hazy-landscape

Things Become Clearer: NAR vs. Zillow; C2EX vs. Best of Zillow

I’ve been busy researching and writing the November Red Dot, which has now been published. But as often happens, when I’m deep in that project, blogging gets light. I apologize. It appears there are a few things to talk about, but none are more important or more interesting than two recent announcements by NAR and […]

case of cash

Will Compass Invest in the MLS?

There is a great interview with Robert Reffkin, CEO of Compass, up on Inman today. Read the whole thing. But I saw something that really made me sit back and think, so figured I’d share it with everybody. Here’s what Reffkin said: And the third is that agents are starting to operate their business on […]

housekeys

iBuyers and Competition: In Which I Welcome Jay Thompson Back to the Blogosphere

Over at Inman News, Jay Thompson, one of the original RE.net bloggerati, has returned to blogging in triumph with his post “Are iBuyers Going to Ruin Everything for Agents.” Read the whole thing. Jay has been busy with other things, like being the face of Zillow to the real estate industry, the last several years, […]

TheJills_2

Data Manipulation in the MLS is a Must Fix Issue

Yesterday, an item on Facebook caught my eye. It was someone sharing a Medium post by Frances Flynn Thorsen, the “Blogmother” of real estate. Before you continue, I strongly suggest reading the whole thing. (You’ll need a Medium account, I believe.) There’s quite a lot of history here, including some sordid drama involving criminal extortion, […]

Marketplace-Andrew

An Open Invitation to the NYC Buyer Graph: A Response to Rob Hahn

I wanted to write a response to Rob’s article to shed some more light on the details of the Buyer Graph, and to address some of the questions he raised. Rob, who is a great friend and someone I respect immensely, has graciously allowed us to publish our response here. Thank you, Rob. Fundamentally, the […]

BuyerGraph Homepage

Seven NYC Brokerages and RealScout Do A Dangerous Thing

I’m deep into writing the October Red Dot, but Andrew Flachner of RealScout sent me a personal email this morning with his Open Letter to the industry attached. He’s spoken to me before about this initiative, and asked if I would write about it. Well, the Open Letter is now published, and Inman News has […]

Cajun Navy in Hurricane Harvey

When the Clouds Part

Rob and I were supposed to be in Wilmington, NC today to present some new sessions at the State REALTOR Conference, Xchange. We watched as Hurricane Florence gained strength across the Atlantic with estimated landfall near Wilmington, and quickly realized that the event would be cancelled. In an email from the NC REALTORS staff today, […]

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Trying to Make Sense of RE/MAX

Q3 earnings are starting to come out, with Realogy, Zillow and RE/MAX reporting and Redfin and EXPI coming soon. I’m likely going to do a Red Dot on the important takeaways from Q3 (and there are a few, from what I can tell right now) but I typically don’t do RE/MAX in any sort of […]

Brokerage

zillow-keys

The Case for iBuyer Becoming the Default

Recently, I saw a thread on Facebook that referenced this post from TheStreet.com, in which Jim Cramer and Marc Chaikin just trash Zillow: Marc Chaikin, founder and CEO of Chaikin Analytics, compared the company to a “landmine” in his webinar with Jim Cramer Wednesday, Nov. 7. Cramer jumped in and said, “if you have Zillow […]

remax-q3-2018

Trying to Make Sense of RE/MAX

Q3 earnings are starting to come out, with Realogy, Zillow and RE/MAX reporting and Redfin and EXPI coming soon. I’m likely going to do a Red Dot on the important takeaways from Q3 (and there are a few, from what I can tell right now) but I typically don’t do RE/MAX in any sort of […]

housekeys

iBuyers and Competition: In Which I Welcome Jay Thompson Back to the Blogosphere

Over at Inman News, Jay Thompson, one of the original RE.net bloggerati, has returned to blogging in triumph with his post “Are iBuyers Going to Ruin Everything for Agents.” Read the whole thing. Jay has been busy with other things, like being the face of Zillow to the real estate industry, the last several years, […]

Marketplace-Andrew

An Open Invitation to the NYC Buyer Graph: A Response to Rob Hahn

I wanted to write a response to Rob’s article to shed some more light on the details of the Buyer Graph, and to address some of the questions he raised. Rob, who is a great friend and someone I respect immensely, has graciously allowed us to publish our response here. Thank you, Rob. Fundamentally, the […]

MLS & Associations

hazy-landscape

Things Become Clearer: NAR vs. Zillow; C2EX vs. Best of Zillow

I’ve been busy researching and writing the November Red Dot, which has now been published. But as often happens, when I’m deep in that project, blogging gets light. I apologize. It appears there are a few things to talk about, but none are more important or more interesting than two recent announcements by NAR and […]

case of cash

Will Compass Invest in the MLS?

There is a great interview with Robert Reffkin, CEO of Compass, up on Inman today. Read the whole thing. But I saw something that really made me sit back and think, so figured I’d share it with everybody. Here’s what Reffkin said: And the third is that agents are starting to operate their business on […]

TheJills_2

Data Manipulation in the MLS is a Must Fix Issue

Yesterday, an item on Facebook caught my eye. It was someone sharing a Medium post by Frances Flynn Thorsen, the “Blogmother” of real estate. Before you continue, I strongly suggest reading the whole thing. (You’ll need a Medium account, I believe.) There’s quite a lot of history here, including some sordid drama involving criminal extortion, […]

jimabbott

It’s Time to Let the Agent Decide on IDX Participation

One of the things I missed while finishing up the July Red Dot was this well-done interview of Redfin’s Glenn Kelman in Inman. Andrea Brambila doing her rockstar thing again. I’m thinking through what Redfin wants to see happen, but one passage in particular caught my attention. At one point, talking about incentives for agents […]

Technology

zillow-keys

The Case for iBuyer Becoming the Default

Recently, I saw a thread on Facebook that referenced this post from TheStreet.com, in which Jim Cramer and Marc Chaikin just trash Zillow: Marc Chaikin, founder and CEO of Chaikin Analytics, compared the company to a “landmine” in his webinar with Jim Cramer Wednesday, Nov. 7. Cramer jumped in and said, “if you have Zillow […]

hazy-landscape

Things Become Clearer: NAR vs. Zillow; C2EX vs. Best of Zillow

I’ve been busy researching and writing the November Red Dot, which has now been published. But as often happens, when I’m deep in that project, blogging gets light. I apologize. It appears there are a few things to talk about, but none are more important or more interesting than two recent announcements by NAR and […]

Marketplace-Andrew

An Open Invitation to the NYC Buyer Graph: A Response to Rob Hahn

I wanted to write a response to Rob’s article to shed some more light on the details of the Buyer Graph, and to address some of the questions he raised. Rob, who is a great friend and someone I respect immensely, has graciously allowed us to publish our response here. Thank you, Rob. Fundamentally, the […]

BuyerGraph Homepage

Seven NYC Brokerages and RealScout Do A Dangerous Thing

I’m deep into writing the October Red Dot, but Andrew Flachner of RealScout sent me a personal email this morning with his Open Letter to the industry attached. He’s spoken to me before about this initiative, and asked if I would write about it. Well, the Open Letter is now published, and Inman News has […]