Monthly Archives: January 2011

Tools May Be Great, But…

Posted By Rob Hahn January 31, 2011, Filed under: Marketing, Real Estate, Technology@ 10:17 PM

Now that I am a consumer in the real estate market, having moved from New Jersey to Texas (like so many others) and therefore having placed my house in the hands of a Realtor, I get to have some cool experiences. I wanted to share one of them with you all, especially the real estate

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On Time Performance and Service Providers

Posted By Rob Hahn January 28, 2011, Filed under: Technology@ 10:33 AM

There are a few things that we all put up with, which puzzle me. Why do we tolerate computer crashes from our mobile phones? Why do we put up with rude government workers? And finally, why do we accept as normal that service providers of all kinds would not show up on time? Consider my

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Brief Thoughts on Google’s Retreat from Real Estate

Posted By 7DS January 27, 2011, Filed under: Real Estate@ 1:35 PM

As I'm sure you all have heard by now, Google has decided to beat a hasty retreat from real estate: In part due to low usage, the proliferation of excellent property-search tools on real estate websites, and the infrastructure challenge posed by the impending retirement of the Google Base API

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Trulia, Syndication, Confusion

Posted By 7DS January 26, 2011, Filed under: Real Estate@ 3:20 AM

Sami Inkinen, co-founder of Trulia, has written a blogpost about the future of syndication where he raises some important questions about where the real estate industry is headed with distribution of listings: Now that listing syndication has become a mainstream practice and “syndication

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Four Random Reflections on Moving

Posted By Rob Hahn January 24, 2011, Filed under: Miscellaneous, Real Estate@ 4:19 AM

So tomorrow is going to be my last day in New Jersey as a resident, unless something really dramatic happens and I get incarcerated here. I have a bunch of random, somewhat conflicted, thoughts going on and figured I'd share four of them here with you. This got long, partly because I've gone

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A Quick Personal Announcement & Shameless Plug

Posted By Rob Hahn January 11, 2011, Filed under: Miscellaneous@ 11:27 AM

Just wanted to make a quick personal announcement coupled to a shameless plug. I have decided to take on a great little company as a 7DS Incubator client, but go well beyond the norm for such an engagement, because I believe this company has the potential to bring about real change to the

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Time to Reinvent REBarCamp

Posted By Rob Hahn January 10, 2011, Filed under: Management, Real Estate@ 5:34 PM

So here I am sitting in my hotel room on Monday afternoon. I came in early because I had wanted to attend REBarCamp NYC being put on by the awesome folks at Lucky Strikes Social Media Club. You will notice the word "had" in the preceding sentence, because I just decided I'm not going to go to

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One Step Closer to the Edge…

Posted By 7DS January 7, 2011, Filed under: Real Estate@ 3:07 AM

It appears that the Massachusetts Supreme Court may rule soon on whether transfers of mortgages were properly done in a case called Ibanez. The lower court has already ruled (twice) that the foreclosures were invalid because the foreclosing bank did not hold title to the properties. This case is

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Initial Questions on Alex Perriello’s Shared Equity Idea

Posted By 7DS January 6, 2011, Filed under: Real Estate@ 9:13 PM

Alex Perriello, the CEO of Realogy Franchise Group (the parent company of Coldwell Banker, Century 21, ERA, Sotheby's, and Better Homes & Gardens), who used to be my boss's boss, has an op/ed in yesterday's New York Times. In it, he proposes a novel solution to the foreclosure

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Doom-mongering, With Sandwichs!

Posted By Rob Hahn January 5, 2011, Filed under: Miscellaneous@ 3:49 PM

If anyone is attending the Inman conference in NYC next week, and have no plans for lunch on Wednesday the 12th, consider joining me, Mark Boyland, and others for a fun-filled (okay, maybe not, given the topic) informal lunch-a-ma-thingamajig. I figure we'll go from around noon till about 1:45pm

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