Monthly Archives: May 2010

Shiva Ranks! (A Way To Rate Innovations)

Posted By Rob Hahn May 25, 2010, Filed under: Real Estate, Technology@ 5:23 PM

Recently, I mused on the nature of innovation and how it goes hand-in-hand with destruction.  The key thought, as pointed out by a savvy commenter, in that post is: Or thought of another way, when you look at the innovations in the industry today — whether mobile apps, CRM technologies, social

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Something Wicked, This Way Comes: Housing Market Signals

Posted By Rob Hahn May 21, 2010, Filed under: Real Estate@ 2:55 PM

Ah, Spring... a time when a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love... and respected real estate market analysts voice cautious optimism... For example, here's Lawrence Yun of NAR voicing cautious optimism: Yun expects a slightly stronger demand for housing and a fairly even level

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Interesting Perspective on Professional Values

Posted By Rob Hahn May 20, 2010, Filed under: Real Estate@ 11:49 PM

From two eminence grises of the legal world comes this article those of us in the thinking about raising levels of professionalism in the real estate industry might want to think about.  The money graf: There is, of course, no turning back: Law firms must be run in a businesslike manner.

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Shiva, The Destroyer

Posted By Rob Hahn May 18, 2010, Filed under: Management, Marketing, Real Estate, Technology@ 1:43 PM

We worship creativity.  In describing a business, a leader, a product, or a service, I can think of no higher praise than to say it is creative, or visionary, or innovative.  Whether in marketing, or technology, or business process, or a blogpost, all of us admire creativity, strive for

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Real Estate Fun With Visa Concierge

Posted By Rob Hahn May 16, 2010, Filed under: Marketing, Real Estate@ 11:57 PM

A couple of days ago, I read this post on the Four Hour Workweek blog about a guy's attempt to find out the limits of free credit card concierge services.  He had the free concierge do things like help him with a crossword puzzle and book space travel. It's a hilarious post and I learned that I

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LTE Will Change the World

Posted By Rob Hahn May 15, 2010, Filed under: Technology@ 10:52 PM

This might be the most exciting technology I've run across in a while... maybe since I came across this mysterious "internet" thing back in 1988 in a computer lab at school.  The post there goes into more of the technical details, which are completely over my head.  But this promotional video

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ThoughtSeed from Mid-Year: On Industrial vs. Artisanal Real Estate

Posted By Rob Hahn May 13, 2010, Filed under: Management, Marketing, Real Estate@ 5:25 PM

One of the best things about conferences is having great conversations with really smart innovative people.  Garron Seliken of M Realty is one such smart, innovative person, and he and I (along with a bunch of other folks like Marie Still, Jay Thompson, Chris Drayer, and Daniel Rothamel) had lunch

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Does Size Matter? (Part 3)

Posted By Rob Hahn May 6, 2010, Filed under: Management, Marketing, Real Estate, Technology@ 2:34 PM

In Part 1, I explored how large law firms and big brokerages are similar, based on the forthcoming paper by Glenn Reynolds, a law professor and blogging pioneer.  Then in Part 2, we looked at how they're different in some fundamental ways, particularly compensation models, that makes the size

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Incentives and #RTB (Raise the Bar)

Posted By Rob Hahn May 3, 2010, Filed under: Management, Real Estate@ 1:02 PM

I'm working on Part 3 of the Does Size Matter series, but a conversation on Twitter turned fairly interesting and fairly intricate, so a quick little post.  This post is heavy on inside-baseball stuff about the real estate industry and the First, the setup of the debate: @ProfessionalOne

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