Monthly Archives: August 2008

Dorm Life vs. Ownership

Posted By Rob Hahn August 29, 2008, Filed under: Real Estate@ 12:37 PM

At the risk of revealing the true depths of my ignorance -- seeing as how my son is some 15 years away from having to worry about college -- I couldn't help but think about this post on Zillow's blog: While the potential gains are tantalizing, there are some major red flags and risks involved with

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More Numbers That Make Me Go Hmmm…

Posted By Rob Hahn August 27, 2008, Filed under: Real Estate@ 11:43 AM

I need help. Someone explain these numbers (PDF) to me, like I'm six years old. I mean, I think I have a pretty good education. I think I have a pretty solid record in business operations, marketing, and overall management. I think I know how to read 10-K's and spreadsheets and so on. But

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Three Thoughts On Local Blogging

Posted By Rob Hahn August 27, 2008, Filed under: Marketing, Media, Real Estate@ 11:00 AM

I wrote a longer piece on the OnBlog recently about this topic, but in light of this and this, I thought it worth revisiting the issue in plainer language and shorter sentences. :) 1.  If your "local blog" is of little interest to people who actually live in your "locale", then guess what?  It

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Sex Sells: An Amusing Idea, With a Point

Posted By Rob Hahn August 27, 2008, Filed under: Marketing@ 10:18 AM

This post by Joe Ferrara made me laugh out loud.  Seriously, I don't know where Joe finds such interesting nuggets.  You want to check it out.  Don't believe me?  Okay, here's a peek: For some reason, this reminded me of the rather interesting conversation that Joe, Jessie Beaudoin, and I

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Imagining the Future, Part 4: Specialization for Domination

Posted By Rob Hahn August 26, 2008, Filed under: Management, Marketing, Real Estate@ 8:36 PM

"One man cannot practice many arts with success." - Plato Welcome to Part 4 of this series of too-many-words. Here are the links to previous parts: 1, 2, 3. Let us review the situation. Upon deciding that the law firm (although not lawyers themselves perhaps) is a fine model for real estate,

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In Which I Support Government Bailout of Foreclosed Homeowners

Posted By Rob Hahn August 25, 2008, Filed under: Real Estate@ 5:17 PM

According to the Zillow Blog, 1 in 7 American homeowners are now "underwater" on their mortgage. So the Zillowites ran a survey of 1300 homeowners. And found interesting answers: One question we asked was: Do you think homeowners who are currently facing foreclosure because they took out an

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What Am I Missing Here: Multifamily Loans Down 63%?

Posted By Rob Hahn August 22, 2008, Filed under: Real Estate@ 10:31 PM

From National Real Estate Investor comes news that loans for commercial multifamily projects have dropped 63% year over year: Commercial and multifamily mortgage loan originations continued to fall on a year-over-year basis in the second quarter, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association's

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What’s On My iPod Right Now #2

Posted By Rob Hahn August 22, 2008, Filed under: Miscellaneous@ 9:57 PM

I've decided I need to do one of these every week. Break up the heavy duty real estate theorizing -- it can get a bit much even for me after while.... So... let's see... hit Play on my Shuffle... L'Amour Toujours (I'll Fly With You) Gigi D'Agostino I have no idea how this track ended up in my

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To Hunt Elephants, You Need An Elephant Gun

Posted By Rob Hahn August 22, 2008, Filed under: Marketing, Real Estate, Technology@ 11:38 AM

The conversations continue. It appears there are a whole bunch of folks who want to talk about the future of listings. And rightfully so -- listings are important to the modern practice of real estate. The latest salvo marks the return of David Harris of Geek Estate to blogging, and it's a

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Buying Like a Woman? Really?

Posted By Rob Hahn August 22, 2008, Filed under: Marketing, Real Estate@ 10:25 AM

One of my favorite marketing blogs has a new post up that has me absolutely scratching my head: For example, recent studies show that more men than ever are making dinner, doing housework and managing the kids. That sure sounds a lot like my neighborhood. Still, you’d never know it from what

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