Monthly Archives: February 2009

It Would Be Nice to Have a Central Clearinghouse for RE Bar Camps

Posted By Rob Hahn February 26, 2009, Filed under: Real Estate@ 9:42 PM

RE Bar Camps are one of the fastest growing events in the real estate industry.  What the hell is a RE Bar Camp? Well, start here.  The first one was put together by Andy Kaufman, Brad Coy, Mike Price, and Todd Carpenter in July of 2008, prior to Inman San Francisco. It is, basically, an

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A Challenge to the Realestistas

Posted By Rob Hahn February 25, 2009, Filed under: Real Estate@ 5:38 PM

First, go read this series please.  It is a 20-part series by a practicing attorney on "What It Takes to Be a Great Trial Lawyer".  An explanation of the series and its goals: As I said in my first post on this subject, a great trial lawyer need not have all of the attributes set forth in this

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Be the Virus, Todd (Three Thoughts on NAR Social Media Manager)

Posted By Rob Hahn February 25, 2009, Filed under: Management, Marketing, Real Estate@ 3:03 PM

"Forward, the Light Brigade!" Was there a man dismay'd? Not tho' the soldier knew Someone had blunder'd: Theirs not to make reply, Theirs not to reason why, Theirs but to do and die: Into the valley of Death Rode the six hundred. - Alfred Lord Tennyson, Charge of the Light Brigade Todd Carpenter

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Lessons from Counterinsurgency, Part 2: Petraeus on Local

Posted By Rob Hahn February 24, 2009, Filed under: Management, Marketing, Real Estate@ 1:37 PM

In part 1 of this series, we discussed Information Operations and the importance of integrity in counterinsurgency strategy.  I took lessons from the U.S. Military, and the author of those doctrines Gen. David Petraeus, and applied them to the real estate industry.  In this installment, I'd

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Lessons from Counterinsurgency Pt. 1: Petraeus on Integrity

Posted By Rob Hahn February 19, 2009, Filed under: Management, Marketing, Real Estate@ 9:14 PM

It may be completely inappropriate to compare the life-and-death work of our military in Afghanistan to the buying and selling of real estate ensconced in our safety... but I could not help but read this with interest: We also must strive to be first with the truth. We need to beat the

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In Which I Defend Realogy, Yet Again (It IS Fun!)

Posted By Rob Hahn February 18, 2009, Filed under: Real Estate@ 10:21 PM

In the comments section of my post on Alex Perriello's confidence in denying a bankruptcy for Realogy, a commenter by name of "Still Don't Agree" raises several very interesting points.  And because SDA wasn't a raving lunatic, but apparently a very smart, very logical, and a calm & measured

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The One Site to Rule Them All

Posted By Rob Hahn February 17, 2009, Filed under: Marketing, Real Estate, Technology@ 10:26 PM

Ash nazg durbatulûk, ash nazg gimbatul, ash nazg thrakatulûk, agh burzum-ishi krimpatul. One ring to rule them all, one ring to find them, one ring to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them. Twitter, some say, is a useless waste of time.  That's often true.  But then, sometimes, it's

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Redfin Transforms: The End of the Beginning?

Posted By Rob Hahn February 13, 2009, Filed under: Management, Marketing, Real Estate, Technology@ 3:28 PM

Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end.  But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning. - Sir Winston Churchill . One of the true pioneers of the new generation of real estate companies, Redfin, has launched a new partner program: Redfin released a sprawling, glorious

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Vote: The NROB “Best American Band of Past 20 Years” Poll

Posted By Rob Hahn February 12, 2009, Filed under: Miscellaneous@ 10:20 AM

We interrupt the regularly scheduled program of heavy-duty, two-thousand word discussions about the real estate industry to bring you this light-hearted fun segment on music! A couple of weeks ago, I asked realestistas about their choice for the "Best American Band of the Past 20 Years".  I got

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Realogy Sure Sounds Confident

Posted By Rob Hahn February 11, 2009, Filed under: Real Estate@ 2:56 PM

I guess because of the recent story on US, there's been quite a lot of speculation about Realogy going bankrupt. My original post back in November of last year on why I thought Realogy made for a particularly poor bankruptcy candidate is getting rather large amount of traffic, and the

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