Monthly Archives: February 2012

In Which I Try to Make Sense of the Austin IDX Kerfuffle

Posted By Rob Hahn February 29, 2012, Filed under: Marketing, Politics & Regulation, Real Estate, Technology@ 2:26 PM

  I had to interrupt my series on Redfin 3.0 and what it might mean for brokerages because parts of the RE.net just blew up over the past day or two. AgentGenius (AGBeat?) reports that there is a dispute going on in Austin, Texas, between a group of brokers and agents (who mostly serve the

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Rethinking Brokerages After Redfin 3.0, Part 2

Posted By Rob Hahn February 23, 2012, Filed under: Management, Marketing, Real Estate, Technology@ 2:02 PM

  (Part 1 is here) So in the last post, I made the case that Redfin 3.0 is significant because of who made the decision. Redfin was and remains (a) an innovator in brokerage business models, (b) a technology leader, and (c) led by smart people who don't make snap decisions. Their decision

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Median House Prices, 1970-2011… in GOLD

Posted By Rob Hahn February 22, 2012, Filed under: Miscellaneous, Playing Economist, Real Estate@ 11:58 PM

I've seen quite a few posts of late suggesting that the housing market has finally hit bottom. Agent friends of mine are telling me about increased activity in their local markets, multiple bids on houses, low inventory, and so on. We have Stan Humphries of Zillow saying the Spring 2012 season

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Rethinking Brokerages After Redfin 3.0, Part 1

Posted By Rob Hahn February 22, 2012, Filed under: Management, Marketing, Real Estate, Technology@ 4:57 AM

    So many interesting items in the news these days. Last week has been a busy week for blogging. And it ended on a most interesting note.¬†Following all of the excitement around Zillow and Howard Hanna and all that, I saw this news from Redfin: Introducing Redfin 3.0: Redfin Becomes a

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Some Thoughts on Zillow’s 2011 Results and Howard Hanna (In Which I Declare Peace In Our Time)

Posted By Rob Hahn February 16, 2012, Filed under: Marketing, Real Estate, Technology@ 12:00 PM

Was it just yesterday when I was speculating on Zillow's recent hiring of Bob Bemis? Why, yes, yes it was. How things change in 24 hours when you live in interesting times. Today, Zillow released their Q4/2011 results, which shows its full year results as well. The numbers are... shall we

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Real Estate Blogging: The One Big Mistake People Make

Posted By Rob Hahn February 14, 2012, Filed under: Marketing, Real Estate@ 12:07 PM

  I know, my posts of late have been full of sturm und drang, and lots of big time industry happenings and futurism type of Nostradamus stuff. Yes, we live in interesting times... which can get tiring. Even for me. So in the way of self-diversion, I thought I'd write about a topic I haven't

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Zillow Hires Bob Bemis of ARMLS; I Become Paranoid, or Preserve the Peace

Posted By Rob Hahn February 14, 2012, Filed under: Marketing, Real Estate, Technology@ 1:33 AM

  One could quibble with the title of this post. Someone could say, "Rob, you were paranoid long before any hiring of anybody happened" and I'd not have a whole lot to say in response. But first, the news. ARMLS (Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service), the fourth largest MLS in the

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Deceased Equine Shall Be Assaulted: Start Thinking Beyond IDX

Posted By Rob Hahn February 8, 2012, Filed under: Marketing, Real Estate, Technology@ 3:01 AM

  It's late, and I'm fairly certain that this horse I'm about to pound on some more is long since departed for greener pastures in the hereafter... but hey, what the hell, right? So by now all readers of Notorious ROB have seen the latest developments in the Syndication

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