Monthly Archives: July 2010

Bring the Snark: Ken Harney and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Posted By Rob Hahn July 30, 2010, Filed under: Politics & Regulation, Real Estate@ 12:57 PM

My friend Matthew Shadbolt alerted me to this editorial by Ken Harney, a columnist for the Washington Post, that was published on The Real Deal.  Harney believes that the not-yet-fully-formed Consumer Financial Protection Bureau can't get here fast enough, and that the days of wine and roses

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Slouching Towards DC, Part 2: A “Balanced” Policy

Posted By Rob Hahn July 29, 2010, Filed under: Politics & Regulation, Real Estate@ 3:54 PM

In part 1, I laid out some hints of what the Obama Administration has in mind for a new federal housing policy that would "reset the rules of the market" and engage in a "fundamental rethink" not just of the mechanics of housing finance, but of the objectives of housing policy themselves.  The

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Slouching Towards DC: A New Era in Real Estate?

Posted By Rob Hahn July 27, 2010, Filed under: Politics & Regulation, Real Estate@ 6:35 PM

There was, apparently, an earthquake in Washington DC not too long ago.  Thankfully, no one was hurt, and no serious property damage occurred as the 3.6 magnitude tremor rolled through.  Mere days later, however, I learned that another tremor -- this one not registered on any geological survey

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Three Most Important Tools for Bloggers

Posted By Rob Hahn July 21, 2010, Filed under: Marketing, Miscellaneous, Real Estate@ 11:45 PM

Joel Burslem over at 1000watt has proclaimed July 9, 2010 as the day that the real estate blog died, and given the thoughtfulness and intelligence of the author, it's difficult to disagree with his conclusion.  Given how Joel defines "real estate blog", the conclusions he draws are somewhat

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In Case You Were Feeling Optimistic Today…

Posted By Rob Hahn July 7, 2010, Filed under: Real Estate@ 4:40 PM

If you're feeling optimistic right now, thinking that the real estate market will be rebounding soon based on the past couple of months of strong performance, well, I urge you to skip this post.  No need to spoil a perfectly good mood with gloom, especially on such a beautiful summer day as

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AgentHarvest: The Start of Something?

Posted By Rob Hahn July 6, 2010, Filed under: Marketing, Real Estate, Technology@ 3:06 PM

Recently, I ran across a hilarious little parody website called  The site exposes some of the more compellingly awful business practices of some brokers and agents out there.  Check it out, and be prepared to laugh while grimacing. Turns out, the website is a marketing

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