Monthly Archives: April 2012

A Small Step, Fraught With Significance: ListHub Introduces “MLS Preferred” Concept

Posted By Rob Hahn April 27, 2012, Filed under: Marketing, Real Estate, Technology@ 3:00 AM

  Back in November of 2010, I wrote about Move's acquisition of ListHub and what it might mean for "Syndication Quality". I thought then that the reason why Move acquired ListHub was strategic -- to control the source of listing data, in order to impose on its main competitors the same

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Expanding On My RETSO Speech On the Future of the REALTOR Association

Posted By Rob Hahn April 23, 2012, Filed under: Management, Politics & Regulation, Real Estate@ 12:24 AM

  I've been traveling pretty much nonstop since attending the best event on the real estate conference calendar: RETechSouth (or RETSO for short). As always, Brad Nix, Mike Pennington, and Ben Carter (with an amazing team of people) put on a fantastic event. I did a little debate on

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A Quick Note on Asset Bubbles: A Response to Barry Ritholtz

Posted By Rob Hahn April 17, 2012, Filed under: Playing Economist, Real Estate@ 11:42 AM

I'm on the road so don't have a ton of time to be doing a long post, but a reader emailed me a post by Barry Ritholtz of the Big Picture Blog that was an Op/Ed in the Washington Post. It's worth reading in full, so go check it out here. I thought I'd try to add one tiny little piece of data to a

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SuperZips and Real Estate: In Which I Seek Answers from Economists

Posted By Rob Hahn April 15, 2012, Filed under: Real Estate@ 1:21 PM

One of the most eye-opening books I've read in the past few years is Coming Apart: State of White America 1960-2010 by Charles Murray, a sometimes controversial scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. This is not a full book review, as there have been dozens of them already done, and there

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The Strange Song of Subsidies

Posted By Rob Hahn April 6, 2012, Filed under: Management, Marketing, Real Estate@ 12:19 PM

Over on the Raise the Bar Facebook Group, I posted a question to the thousand-plus members: Question for this group, because it has so many ultra-engaged and informed people in it. If your MLS proposed to change fees from a flat-fee subscription to a percentage of closed transaction (NB: FMLS in

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Some Data I Just Don’t Understand…

Posted By Rob Hahn April 5, 2012, Filed under: Marketing, Real Estate@ 3:17 PM

I think this might be a bleg (that would be a blog/beg) for help in making sense of some recent buyer data. Some of this just makes so little sense to me that I'm asking the Notorious community for assistance. The buyer data comes from Redfin. I'm focusing on it because I know Redfin's corporate

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