Monthly Archives: July 2011

Things Go In Cycles: The Return of Walled Gardens?

Posted By Rob Hahn July 23, 2011, Filed under: Marketing, Media, Technology@ 12:07 PM

It's a hot Saturday morning here in Houston, and the sunlight is so strong you can almost feel the weight of it on your skin. Maybe it's early onset of sunstroke, but I felt like musing on random things. Feel free to skip this post; it isn't likely to be useful to anyone. But I'm thinking about

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Quick Question on Zillow’s IPO

Posted By Rob Hahn July 20, 2011, Filed under: Real Estate, Technology@ 4:14 PM

  As I'm sure you all have heard by now, Zillow has gone public this morning and at least the first day's worth of trading has been beyond anyone's wildest expectations. Zillow priced its offering at $20 per share, way above the original $12-14 range, and in immediate trading, the stock

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Curious Things Are Afoot, Part 3: Google Plus and the New Paradigm

Posted By 7DS July 20, 2011, Filed under: 7DS@ 12:56 AM

In Part Two, we looked at how social might impact real estate, if it is in fact taken very seriously indeed.  All of it triggered by the acquisition of SocialBios.com by Move, signaling a major strategic move into social. In yet another display that the universe has a sense of humor, the

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Curious Things Are Afoot, Part 2: Commodities, Power, and Change

Posted By 7DS July 19, 2011, Filed under: 7DS@ 9:00 AM

In Part One, we congratulated Ernie Graham and his team at SocialBios for getting acquired. I hope he picked out a nice Lamborghini Reventon in taxicab yellow. The second Curious Thing that came about just as Move was announcing its acquisition of SocialBios was the confluence of two seemingly

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Curious Things Are Afoot, Part 1: Move Acquires SocialBios

Posted By 7DS July 18, 2011, Filed under: 7DS@ 7:00 AM

This is the first part of what I think will be a three-part examination of some rather curious things I've been seeing. First of all, I'm sure other sites will be announcing the news that MOVE has acquired the startup SocialBios. From the press release: Move, Inc. (Nasdaq: MOVE), the leader in

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The Challenge of Apple to Social Marketers Everywhere

Posted By Rob Hahn July 15, 2011, Filed under: Marketing, Real Estate@ 12:44 PM

  The other day, at the as-yet-unnamed Houston Social Media Club dinner, we got to talking about (what else) using social media for marketing purposes. I was reminded of that discussion checking out the new InmanNext post on Engagement by Michael McClure (that's Mr. ProfessionalOne to you).

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Dr. Lawrence Yun, Call Your Office

Posted By Rob Hahn July 11, 2011, Filed under: Politics & Regulation, Real Estate@ 2:42 PM

A mere six days ago, NAR's Chief Economist (and my doppelganger) Lawrence Yun released this cheery video forecast on housing for the remainder of the year: Lawrence is predicting a slight pickup for 2011 over 2010; he thinks the second half of this year will be better than the second half of

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A Few Random Questions About the Latest Rent Report

Posted By Rob Hahn July 8, 2011, Filed under: Real Estate@ 11:07 AM

The Wall Street Journal reports that rents are up and vacancies are down across the United States: Apartment landlords are enjoying rising rents and falling vacancies. The average effective rent, the amount paid after discounting, was $997 in the second quarter of the year, up from $974 a year

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Is This What Passes for Real Estate Journalism These Days?

Posted By Rob Hahn July 3, 2011, Filed under: Marketing, Media, Real Estate@ 6:22 PM

First, watch (or not watch) this:   Even though this video looks like hundreds of other listing videos that real estate agents have been shooting for years now, with the help of companies like Real Estate Shows and WellcomeMat, that video, you see, constitutes journalism. It comes from the

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