Monthly Archives: November 2008

Time to Call My Stockbroker: Buy MOVE!

Posted By Rob Hahn November 26, 2008, Filed under: Real Estate@ 1:53 PM

(Disclaimer: Move, Inc. is a client of Onboard Informatics, my employer.  But I have spoken to no one there, nor anyone here who deals with Move, for this post.  Everything here is my opinion, based on my own research into publicly available information.) In what is an unusually long post for

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Starbucks vs. Twitter

Posted By Rob Hahn November 24, 2008, Filed under: Marketing, Real Estate@ 2:12 PM

So my post about Twitter is generating a fair amount of commentary from readers.  The general tone appears to be that while one shouldn't Twitter just to generate additional business, it's still worth doing for a variety of reasons, such as being Web 2.0 savvy, being in-touch with non-client

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Context Goes Both Ways: Numbers, Buyers, Sellers, and Agents

Posted By Rob Hahn November 22, 2008, Filed under: Marketing, Real Estate@ 9:47 PM

Matthew Rathburn puts the NAR Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers 2008 into context. I think it's worth reading the whole thing, including the cool graphs he's put together. Matthew's got some useful insights from the realtor's perspective: Whereas some agents are dwelling on the issue that the

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Questions for the Twittering Realtor

Posted By Rob Hahn November 21, 2008, Filed under: Marketing, Real Estate@ 11:10 AM

According to Forrester Research, 6% of Americans use Twitter. Robert Scoble calls bullshit: There is ABSOLUTELY NO WAY that many people are using Twitter. My data shows that the regular users are between 50,000 and 300,000. A high percentage of which are outside the United States. That doesn’t

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Independent Study Shows Trulia As #1 Threat To Franchisors

Posted By Rob Hahn November 20, 2008, Filed under: Marketing, Real Estate@ 4:20 PM

According to this post on the Trulia Blog, Trulia is the #1 lead generator in the Threewide’s ListHub, the most widely adopted network for listing distribution, works in concert with MLSs, various franchises and brokerages, and core real estate technologies to bring real estate companies

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Kudos to Larson/Sobotka – Must Reads on VOW Policy

Posted By Rob Hahn November 19, 2008, Filed under: Marketing, Real Estate@ 6:57 PM

I think I might have fallen in love with Larson/Sobotka.  I haven't the faintest idea who they are, but it looks like they combine some business consulting with legal work with something else involving MLSes and such.  Bears looking into more. But they have done a great service for the by

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A Word (or Two) About Realogy

Posted By Rob Hahn November 19, 2008, Filed under: Real Estate@ 1:25 PM

Noah Rosenblatt over at Urbandigs notes potential huge problems over at Realogy (H/T: 4Realz): According to Crain's "Seven area firms make endangered list": "The most vulnerable, according to S&P, include Realogy, the Parsippany, N.J.-based owner of such brands as Century 21 and Corcoran Group.

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IBNMA, Heresy, and Reality

Posted By Rob Hahn November 18, 2008, Filed under: Marketing@ 2:48 PM

Looking through my junk email folder today, in pursuit of Inbox Zero, I ran across a long spam email from Paul Chaney, the President of the International Blogging and New Media Association (IBNMA). Normally, I auto-delete all spam, but this one, I read for some reason. And immediately thought I

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What A Country! (A Brief Political Note)

Posted By Rob Hahn November 5, 2008, Filed under: Miscellaneous@ 5:08 PM

As some of you know, I am a fairly conservative Republican in the mold of Reagan.  My intellectual influences are the likes of Friedrich Hayek, Milton Friedman, and Thomas Sowell.  I did everything I could given a fulltime job, a young family, and a blogging habit to see a Republican elected in

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