Monthly Archives: August 2010

Seven Big Questions: The MLS Edition

Posted By Rob Hahn August 31, 2010, Filed under: Management, Politics & Regulation, Real Estate, Technology@ 2:28 PM

I'm honored to be asked to give the closing remarks at the Council of MLS conference in Chicago this year at the end of September/early October.  Since I'm supposed to be wrapping up the discussions of those few days, I can't actually prepare anything ahead of time.  But I can sort of cheat by

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Now is Not the Time to be Reactive

Posted By Rob Hahn August 28, 2010, Filed under: Management, Real Estate@ 1:32 PM

Just got off the phone with a broker friend of mine who thinks I'm plainly nuts with all the fearmongering and paranoia about things that will never come to pass.  My recent series on real estate policy has him alternatively dismissive and wanting not to get out of bed in the morning.  So I'd

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Carnival of Real Estate Policy

Posted By Rob Hahn August 25, 2010, Filed under: Miscellaneous, Real Estate@ 1:06 PM

It's time, y'all. Given all of the energy and action of late around housing, housing finance, and future of homeownership by the Federal government, I think it's time the RE.net (and others!) put together a Carnival of Real Estate Policy. I've organized one and will host the first one here on

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Welcome to the New *#&@%@ Normal!

Posted By Rob Hahn August 25, 2010, Filed under: Politics & Regulation, Real Estate@ 12:41 PM

It's a chilly, rainy day here in New Jersey under iron grey skies.  If where you are is sunny, and you're feeling happy and optimistic, and you want to stay that way, let me strongly suggest that you not finish reading this post.  This is where I engage in paranoid fearmongering

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Book Review: Click, The Magic of Instant Connections

Posted By Rob Hahn August 10, 2010, Filed under: Real Estate@ 4:05 PM

Click: The Magic of Instant Connections is a slim little volume that resists easy classification.  I suppose you could call it a book on psychology, as it explores a particular phenomenon that isn't well-researched: how people connect with each other.  From Chapter 1: This book is about those

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Book Review: Click, The Magic of Instant Connections

Posted By Rob Hahn August 10, 2010, Filed under: Marketing, Real Estate@ 4:02 PM

Click: The Magic of Instant Connections is a slim little volume that resists easy classification.  I suppose you could call it a book on psychology, as it explores a particular phenomenon that isn't well-researched: how people connect with each other.  From Chapter 1: This book is about those

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Obama’s Christmas in August? Really?

Posted By Rob Hahn August 5, 2010, Filed under: Politics & Regulation, Real Estate@ 3:41 PM

James Pethokoukis writes on Reuters today (h/t: Instapundit) that the Obama Administration may be planning to eliminate many/most/all underwater mortgages in a single swoop: Rumors are running wild from Washington to Wall Street that the Obama administration is about to order government-controlled

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Farewell, Joe…

Posted By Rob Hahn August 4, 2010, Filed under: Miscellaneous@ 10:55 AM

Last night, the RE.net and the world lost a thinker, a mentor, a wit, a pioneer, and above all, a good man.  Joe Ferrara has passed on.  My thoughts and prayers are with his family, and his wife Sandra, whom he loved above all else. Joe's Sellsius blog was one of the first and best real-estate

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Federal Regulation of Realtors Seems Likely

Posted By Rob Hahn August 3, 2010, Filed under: Politics & Regulation, Real Estate@ 10:54 PM

So earlier today, I get an email of some interesting real-estate related links from my friends at AOL Housingwatch (where I pen an occasional column or two).  In it, I find this gem of a story: Mortgage loan originators will have to be fingerprinted and sign up to a central registry to do

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I Got A Hunch About Hunch…

Posted By Rob Hahn August 2, 2010, Filed under: Real Estate, Technology@ 3:44 PM

Few industries worship innovation as much as real estate does.  It is perhaps the highest compliment to a company or to an individual in real estate to say, "You're so innovative!" Thing is, I believe innovation is disruptive.  In fact, I think how innovative something is can be correlated to

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