Monthly Archives: December 2009

The Spirit of BarCamp (Part 2): Principles of REBarCamp

Posted By Rob Hahn December 26, 2009, Filed under: Miscellaneous, Real Estate@ 12:15 PM

In part 1, we explored the controversies and the issues surrounding what a Real Estate BarCamp should or should not be, and explored the rules and principles of the original tech-focused BarCamp.  At the end of that, I asked three questions: What goals are we trying to achieve with

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Come Forth, Ye Spirit of BarCamp! (Part 1)

Posted By Rob Hahn December 22, 2009, Filed under: Miscellaneous, Real Estate@ 9:16 PM

Although I wanted to post this sooner, other commitments prevented getting to it before now.  And quite a few of these ideas have been hashed out, particularly in the TQ Radio Show yesterday, but there is something to putting ideas and questions into words.  So here we go. But first, a

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Who You Gonna Call, Part 2: What it Means

Posted By Rob Hahn December 20, 2009, Filed under: Marketing, Real Estate@ 1:31 AM

An incredibly busy week of planning and preparation for REBarCamp NY as well as actual paying work piling up prevented me from getting to this Part 2 earlier.  Sorry! But in Part 1 of this series, I asked real estate agents who they would use to sell their own homes if they could not do it

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Who You Gonna Call? Part 1: Audience Participation

Posted By Rob Hahn December 14, 2009, Filed under: Real Estate@ 1:00 PM

One of the wonderful things about being part of networked conversations is that you often end up having awesome discussions with people many thousands of miles away.  This post is the result of such a conversation -- thank you Kelley Kohler.  You rock. This part is short, and requires your

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On Social Media Education

Posted By Rob Hahn December 12, 2009, Filed under: Marketing, Real Estate@ 12:21 PM

One of the most interesting threads of 2009 sort of blew up this past week over at Marc Davison's place when he posted a heartfelt mea culpa about his past cynicism about social media.  Various heavy-hitter commenters came by and a full blown debate erupted.  Oh, it's good stuff! But there

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Future of Mobile in Real Estate: B2B, not B2C

Posted By Rob Hahn December 10, 2009, Filed under: Marketing, Real Estate, Technology@ 4:33 PM

In my latest Inman column (link is for subscribers only, unless you made it in before the paywall dropped), I took issue with mobile for real estate, and called it the "eternal next big thing" for real estate.  I didn't have the space really to address what I do think is the future of mobile in

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BlueScape Search: A Half-Baked Solution In Search of a Problem

Posted By Rob Hahn December 4, 2009, Filed under: Marketing, Real Estate, Technology@ 3:19 AM

Coldwell Banker just released its beta site (beta.coldwellbanker.com) this week, and on the whole, it's a nice update.  Here's the current homepage: And here's the beta homepage: Frankly, they're both very nice; the beta page strikes me as being a bit more 'unified' and more contemporary in

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Realogy Dodges A Bullet; Future Looks Good

Posted By Rob Hahn December 1, 2009, Filed under: Real Estate@ 2:05 PM

Almost a year ago, at a time when various folks in finance and real estate were ready to write eulogies for Realogy, I spent a few posts arguing that the rumors of Realogy's demise were ahh... premature.  My basic point then was that the bondholders of Realogy have very little incentive to push

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