Monthly Archives: November 2009

Evaluating Professionals: Imperfect Solution for an Imperfect World

Posted By Rob Hahn November 30, 2009, Filed under: Real Estate@ 9:51 PM

Original posted on The Notorious R.O.B by Rob Hahn. Agent ratings are back in the conversation, thanks to this scintillating op/ed by Kris Berg (link is for Inman premium subscribers only) who is one of the best writers in real estate today.  I have written about this topic before (here

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Evaluating Professionals: Imperfect Solution for an Imperfect World

Posted By Rob Hahn November 28, 2009, Filed under: Management, Marketing, Real Estate@ 9:24 AM

Agent ratings are back in the conversation, thanks to this scintillating op/ed by Kris Berg (link is for Inman premium subscribers only) who is one of the best writers in real estate today.  I have written about this topic before (here and here) and it continues to fascinate and puzzle me

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Giving Thanks

Posted By Rob Hahn November 26, 2009, Filed under: Miscellaneous@ 12:08 PM

It's Thanksgiving, and despite our culture's continuous pull to rename this day Turkey Day or some such and shift the focus to the feasting, I'd like to keep the focus on the actual point of the day: giving thanks to the Almighty, and to family, friends, and others for the life we have. First, I

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Reflections from REBlogWorld ’09: Branding in the Social Age

Posted By Rob Hahn November 25, 2009, Filed under: Real Estate@ 10:09 PM

Original posted on The Notorious R.O.B by Rob Hahn. Greetings from Las Vegas — I’m not sure what time it is, even though I’ve been fully awake for, oh, a few hours.  But some of the discussions at REBlogWorld 2009 have been so great that I wanted to get something posted now. One of

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Climategate & You: The Real Estate Edition

Posted By Rob Hahn November 25, 2009, Filed under: Marketing, Media, Miscellaneous, Real Estate@ 12:52 PM

If you live in the United States, and rely solely on Pravda New York Times or similar for your news, you're probably unaware of Climategate.  Basically, the entire premise of the global warming/carbon footprint craze of the past few years turns out to be totally bogus.  From the

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Customer Wooing Illustrated (And Social Media?)

Posted By Rob Hahn November 22, 2009, Filed under: Real Estate@ 6:40 AM

Original posted on The Notorious R.O.B by Rob Hahn. One of the finest online journals around is @Issue, which usually deals with topics surrounding design but with strong forays into advertising, marketing, and branding. I make sure to check up on it periodically, because of gems like

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On Google’s Latest Real Estate Foray: Implications & Speculations

Posted By Rob Hahn November 21, 2009, Filed under: Marketing, Real Estate, Technology@ 12:05 AM

From the Search Engine Land site comes news (h/t: Duke Long, @dukelong) that Google has built out what amounts to the start of a national real estate search website: The real estate listing place pages include property information, photos, map placement, Street View imagery and functionality,

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No More Drama and Hype: Known Facts on RPR

Posted By Rob Hahn November 19, 2009, Filed under: Real Estate, Technology@ 4:55 AM

Earlier this week, Reggie Nicolay (@ReggieRPR), the Director of Social Media for the REALTORS Property Resource, LLC, wrote: I happen to agree 100%.  Also, a commenter on one of my earlier posts by the name of Kris Goodfellow wrote: Rob, I've got to say, that there is much in the way of

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In Which I Announce the Death of RPR

Posted By Rob Hahn November 14, 2009, Filed under: Real Estate, Technology@ 8:32 PM

Without a doubt, the topic of conversation at this year's NAR National Convention has been the REALTOR Property Resource (Link: PDF) or RPR, the ambitious $20mm program rolled out with much fanfare by NAR.  You couldn't avoid talking about RPR even if you tried.  And I wasn't really trying that

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Liveblogging Dale Ross and Marty Frame Presenting RPR to the MLS Executives Session

Posted By Rob Hahn November 13, 2009, Filed under: Real Estate, Technology@ 7:31 PM

Dale Ross Dale Ross takes the podium; he's an imposing man. He says it took 4 months to negotiate with LPS/Cyberhomes.  There are seventeen separate agreements, which cover topics like license terms, source code ownership, and so forth. Ross stresses that while RPR has partners, they are

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