Author: Rob Hahn

Managing Partner of 7DS Associates, and the grand poobah of this here blog. Once called "a revolutionary in a really nice suit", people often wonder what I do for a living because I have the temerity to not talk about my clients and my work for clients. Suffice to say that I do strategy work for some of the largest organizations and companies in real estate, as well as some of the smallest startups and agent teams, but usually only on projects that interest me with big implications for reforming this wonderful, crazy, lovable yet frustrating real estate industry of ours.

Actual Suggestions for Movesmart.org

After my… ahem… tirade against Movesmart.org, I felt kinda bad.  I mean, they seem like such sweet, nice people with such good intentions.  Granted, I still stand by everything I wrote in that post, but… in the spirit of wishing them well, I offer the following suggestions.  I base them on this page on Netsquared.org […]

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CoStar’s Strong Pimp Hand; Eagerly Awaiting Response

Looks like the latest CoStar blog post takes the rivalry between CoStar and Loopnet to a new level.  It’s exciting — almost as if we’re in a Presidential Election season.  Oh yeah….  Anyhow, CoStar basically pimpslapped Loopnet’s membership claims and alleges false advertising: If the impressive-sounding number LoopNet claims as its “registered users” is really […]

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CoStar's Strong Pimp Hand; Eagerly Awaiting Response

Looks like the latest CoStar blog post takes the rivalry between CoStar and Loopnet to a new level.  It’s exciting — almost as if we’re in a Presidential Election season.  Oh yeah….  Anyhow, CoStar basically pimpslapped Loopnet’s membership claims and alleges false advertising: If the impressive-sounding number LoopNet claims as its “registered users” is really […]

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Most Powerful Brands in Real Estate?

I was doing some research at work when I came across something absolutely bizarre. There is no list anywhere of the most powerful brands in residential real estate. In commercial, there is such a list, compiled and maintained by Lipsey: Top 25 Commercial Real Estate Brands. (PDF)  Why is there no equivalent in residential real […]

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The Will to Change

I know this is probably old news by now, but I confess that I just found out about it myself. Apparently, the real estate industry has a new standard data format for the distribution of real estate listings online.  Seems the boys at Yahoo!, Zillow.com, and Trulia.com have gotten together and worked out a new […]

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