Monthly Archives: April 2011

Do REALTORS Have A Duty to Report A Client’s Fraud?

Posted By Rob Hahn April 30, 2011, Filed under: Management, Real Estate@ 12:16 PM

Had a most interesting discussion with a REALTOR friend last night over dinner about professional ethics, and came across an interesting question. We didn't know the answer, so I figured I'd blog about it and ask you all. The question is whether a REALTOR has a duty to disclose bad acts by a

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Why IDX At All?

Posted By 7DS April 29, 2011, Filed under: 7DS@ 1:51 PM

Inman News is reporting on an upcoming issue with IDX: whether IDX should be distributed "via RSS". Basically, the issue is that some people want to put IDX listings on Facebook, Twitter, and various mobile apps. The proponents say, "What's the big deal anyhow? It's not like listings aren't

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A TED Talk, and an Experiment

Posted By Rob Hahn April 26, 2011, Filed under: Marketing, Personal, Real Estate@ 12:34 PM I've watched the above video three times now. It's Morgan Spurlock, the filmmaker who made a number of documentaries, the most widely known of which is Supersize Me, talking about his new project: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold. It's a look at the world of

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The Mundane Magic of the Church Choir

Posted By Rob Hahn April 24, 2011, Filed under: Miscellaneous, Personal@ 2:57 PM

I just went to Easter services -- the one worship service I make a point of not missing, even though I'm a terrible, terrible Christian in so many ways -- at a local church here in Houston. Given that we haven't yet found a home church, which likely will need to wait until we find a, y'know, a

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Turns Out, the iPhone IS the Perfect Phone for REALTORS

Posted By Rob Hahn April 22, 2011, Filed under: Management, Real Estate, Technology@ 6:22 PM

Well, at least if you're the manager of an office, or the broker in charge. It appears the iPhone doubles as a time-stamped tracking device: Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden, a pair of security researchers, recently discovered that iPhones — as well as 3G-enabled iPads — running iOS 4

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On All Things Zillow

Posted By 7DS April 22, 2011, Filed under: 7DS@ 11:12 AM

Given that Zillow is much in the news of late, and a number of you have asked what I thought about all of the various thingamajigs in the air, I figured, rather than a series of posts on particular topics, I'd just knock them all out in one sitting. I don't find most of the news all that earth

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Why NAR Is Not Likely to Win the QRM Battle

Posted By 7DS April 21, 2011, Filed under: 7DS@ 11:08 AM

I have to imagine, given the focused readership this blog has, that most of you already know that NAR has been fighting a war against homeownership on multiple fronts in recent months. I've been doing the Chicken Little dance about these Federal issues for quite some time, after all. One of

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Realty Alliance, Franchise IDX, and Future of NAR

Posted By 7DS April 19, 2011, Filed under: 7DS@ 11:16 PM

Earlier today, I was interviewed by Matt Carter of Inman News, who wrote a story about Realty Alliance sending a formal letter to NAR asking that the MLS Committee repeal the rule allowing franchisors to display IDX. It's a good breaking news story on a potentially important topic. Read it in

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Millenials and Real Estate, Part 2: Leading vs. Managing

Posted By Rob Hahn April 18, 2011, Filed under: Management, Miscellaneous, Real Estate@ 12:29 PM

In my first blog conversation post, I wrote about Millenial family formation. That was fun stuff, and Travis Robertson, my dialogue partner, has posted his response. Go check it out; it's worth a read, and the discussion is fun. But I thought I'd move onto some of the real meat. Travis claims in

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Alison Krauss, Blogging, and Truth

Posted By Rob Hahn April 15, 2011, Filed under: Marketing, Personal, Real Estate@ 11:45 AM I don't often write anymore about blogging and social media. There are too many people out there who do nothing else, and the topic seems sort of beaten to death to me. But I'm going to today, because I'm inspired from an unexpected source. Regulars know

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