Monthly Archives: August 2011

NAR, Meet NRA… Guns and REALTORS

Posted By Rob Hahn August 30, 2011, Filed under: Miscellaneous, Real Estate@ 2:17 AM Over on Agent Genius, there's a post about some study done as a marketing tool by Moby (the "let people know where you are" app) with REALTORS in mind. Apparently, September is "REALTOR Safety Month" at NAR, and the good folks there have put together a

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Quick: The Prezi From My NRG/HAR Talk Today

Posted By Rob Hahn August 25, 2011, Filed under: Marketing, Politics & Regulation, Real Estate, Technology@ 7:04 PM

Is here: Welcome to Dystopia! on Prezi By the way, I'm really, really liking Prezi. I expect to use it from now on for all presentations. Amazing that a web app is better than even

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Moore’s Law and Real Estate: Speculations

Posted By Rob Hahn August 24, 2011, Filed under: Real Estate@ 5:28 PM

I'm giving a presentation tomorrow at the Nextgen Realtor Group of the Houston Association of REALTORS. I do believe the actual title of my presentation, as in the program itself, is called Welcome to Dystopia. Somehow, it seems, I've become the Cassandra of the real estate industry. But in

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Even the LA Times Notices Millenials Are Screwed

Posted By Rob Hahn August 21, 2011, Filed under: Miscellaneous, Real Estate@ 9:19 PM

One of my pet hobby topics is to fret about the Millenials (the twentysomethings of today). I've written about this "largest demographic group like evah" here, here, and here -- as well as peppered throughout this blog for a while now. A lot of people -- especially in real estate -- like to

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Posted By 7DS August 19, 2011, Filed under: 7DS@ 2:14 PM

  I just got confirmation that CRMLS will merge with SOCAL MLS, forming the largest MLS in the country. I'm waiting for the press release now. EDIT: The press release is out. It's here. Word is that the combined entity -- which will operate under the CRMLS (California Regional MLS) and

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Is It Complicated? Further Musings on the MLS

Posted By Rob Hahn August 12, 2011, Filed under: Management, Real Estate, Technology@ 3:58 PM "No servant can serve two masters." - Jesus Christ, Luke 16:13 Judith Lindenau, a consultant to MLS and Associations with decades of experience, recently wrote a post in which she took up my modest suggestion of making brokers pay for the MLS. It's worth

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A Modest Proposal On Fixing the MLS

Posted By Rob Hahn August 6, 2011, Filed under: Management, Real Estate, Technology@ 10:15 AM

Over at 1000watt, there is a rather interesting debate going on with some heavy hitters contributing, on whether big brokers should or should not support innovations and tools by the MLS or Association. Go check it out if you haven't already. The general thrust is that Brian Boero and Marc

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Why Shouldn’t the MLS Be A Public Utility?

Posted By Rob Hahn August 3, 2011, Filed under: Politics & Regulation, Real Estate, Technology@ 12:45 PM

Last week, at the Inman Connect conference, I got into a rather interesting -- if dry and technical for non-lawyer types -- discussion with Brian Larson about whether MLS could escape being classified as a public utility. I'm not going to go into that, since that discussion tends to have a lot to

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Brief Reflection on the Inman Data Summit

Posted By 7DS August 2, 2011, Filed under: 7DS@ 4:21 PM

Last week, I was fortunate to be able to participate in the Inman Data Summit in my small way as one of the two co-moderators. Some of the conversations that occurred, both on and off the stage, are among the most important in the real estate industry today. Since I was "working" the whole time,

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