Category Archives: Miscellaneous

For the Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com Report Buyers

Hi there – first of all, thanks!

Second, though, since I’m ironing out the bugs/issues with membership/premium content plugins, I realized some of you were having issues accessing the free follow-on report. I think I’ve fixed it for everybody, but if you’re having any problems, contact me please and we’ll sort it out.

Also, for everyone who is purchasing the premium content, I’m having some professional coder help in the next couple of days (I honestly did not expect this kind of awesome response), but in the meantime… the easiest way to access posts is:

Go to the PREMIUM link in the navigation.

Login; there should be a form if you’re not logged in. It will either take you to the post, or to the Dashboard. The links are in the Dashboard.

If, instead, you see your name… you’re already logged in. The links are also in the Premium section page — you should be able to get to what you paid for.

Again, if you run into any issues, please contact me: rhahn@7dsassociates.com.

Thanks, and I apologize for any inconvenience as I work out the technical details from having overwhelming response for a one-man shop here. :)

-rsh

Oh Lordy. Chicago (Association) Blows Up.

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I was going to just keep posting my series on REThinkFuture, but this development simply demands attention:

The Chicago Association of Realtors (CAR) is suing Andrea Geller, a CAR member and agent for Coldwell Banker, for defamation for public statements she made on Chicago Agent magazine’s story on the impeachment of former CAR President Bob Floss.

The lawsuit, which seeks damages in excess $50,000 from Geller, according to a Chicago Tribune story on the lawsuit, is believed to be the first such lawsuit in the association’s 129-year history.

Oh. My. God.

I wrote a couple of months ago about the unfolding drama in GLVAR, in which three members of the Association are suing the Association, its past CEO, and possibly members of its Board of Directors, and said that was a story that Association leaders simply could not ignore. I could not imagine for a second that a mere two months later, a major Association would actually take the step of initiating legal action against one of its own members. For defamation.

I don’t know the specific facts behind this lawsuit, and I suspect we’ll find out over time, but… I have to ask the Board of the Chicago Association of REALTORS something: Y’all didn’t read my post on GLVAR, did you?

There are some vital takeaways in this story for other Associations.

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Episode 5 of Trialogues Podcast is Up

In case you didn’t know, I’ve been having some fun with Matthew Shadbolt of Corcoran and Gahlord Dewald of Thoughtfaucet on a podcast thing of late. Episode 5 is now up: http://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/trialogues-conversations-on/id524756328

Take a listen if you enjoy the kind of impractical, highly theoretical ramblings that we happen to like. :)

-rsh

An Interview with Matt Dollinger, Head of Industry Relations, Trulia

New Head of Industry Relations, Trulia

As many of my readers know, Matthew Dollinger is one of my closest friends in the industry. Some folks, including Matt’s wife, have called our relationship a full-blown bromance. (It’s the hair, really….) But fact is, Matt has been one of the driving forces behind the innovations at @Properties — the largest brokerage in the Chicagoland market, whom I have profiled as an example of a viable brokerage business model. The man knows what agents want and need, and what concerns and challenges a broker has.

So I was happy for Matt when Trulia tapped him to be the new Head of Industry Relations. I rather thought Trulia managed to pull off a coup on that hire, and I’m somewhat eager to see what Matt would bring to the table as he shifts from the brokerage side of the industry to the technology side.

I thought it would be fun to conduct an interview with Matt and bring it to my loyal (if silent) readers. It starts after the fold.

(Full Disclosure: Trulia is not a client. However, I have provided unpaid advice to Trulia on certain strategic matters in the past, and may again in the future.)

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