Category: Brokerage


Competition in Real Estate is Changing

A few random, or perhaps not so random, thoughts this morning from three recent news stories. First, we get a story in the mainstream media by Andrea Riquier of Marketwatch, about Keller Williams entering into the iBuyer space: Keller Williams, the sprawling national real estate franchisor, plans to launch an instant offer service later this […]

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BaaS is a Thing (and Why You Need to Realize It)

[Rob: I’d like to welcome Zane Burnett to the Notorious ROB family. I thought this post of his from LinkedIn was so good, and knowing Zane, felt that you all would benefit from his perspective on brokerage and technology issues. I understand we need a rap name for Zane soon, and he’ll be taking suggestions […]

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Is It Time to Stop Solving Yesterday’s Problems?

Over at the WAV Group blog, Marilyn Wilson ponders whether it is time for a National IDX: Today, we have robust rules in place that allow a broker to share their active, pending and in some cases, sold listings with their fellow practitioners via a local IDX policy. What if we took that idea to […]


Some Interesting Numbers from Swanepoel’s Mega 1000

Earlier today, T360 released the Swanepoel Mega 1000 report, ranking the top 1,000 brokerages by volume and transaction sides. Obviously, this report is competing with the current industry standard, the Real Trends 500 report. T360 sent me the data they used to compile the list, and told me to write what I found interesting about […]


The Curse of Experience, the Real Estate Edition

I was recently at a real estate conference for a major brand watching a panel discussion. I’m leaving names out because it’s not important to the question/point I’m making and don’t want the distraction. The panel was a younger moderator (in his 40s) and two industry executives who have 40+ years of experience each. These […]

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60% of Home Sales by 2024 Will be iBuyer: For My Friend James Dwiggins

Okay, so just had an exchange on the Book of Faces with my good friend, James Dwiggins, the CEO of NextHome. He’s really one of the smartest and nicest guys in the business, and it’s always fun to talk industry issues. And I started to write a response and thought, why not, a short blogpost. […]

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Important Lesson for Brokerages from Opendoor’s Eric Wu

Over the weekend, I saw a video from a session at Startup Grind Global Conference in which Eric Wu, the CEO and Co-Founder of, was interviewed by Elad Gil a “serial entrepreneur,¬†executive (Twitter, Google, Color) and investor at leading companies like Airbnb, Coinbase, Instacart, Pinterest, Stripe, Square, Wish and others.” Inman ran a story […]


Gotterdammerung: A Very Serious Legal Threat

I realize I just posted on the future of the MLS, and normally, I’d let posts sit for a few days to “mature” but this is far too big an event and far too big a deal to wait. In case you missed it, a class action lawsuit was filed with the United States District […]

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Homeowners Net More Selling to Zillow Than With a REALTOR

(Pardon me a moment while I go put on my asbestos suit for the inevitable flames coming my way.) The Zillow Group Q4/2018 earnings call yesterday was a shocker in many ways. What most people immediately focused on was the change at CEO from Spencer Rascoff to Rich Barton. I gather from social media this […]


What Everybody is Missing On Vaynerchukgate

Unless you have been living under a rock, you’ve seen the recent brouhaha over the video of a podcast Gary Vaynerchuk’s video where he completely shits on homeownership. In case you missed it, the first part is all about homeownership: The real estate commentariat more or less exploded, partly because Gary Vee has long been […]


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