Category : Politics & Regulation

NLRB’s Browning Ferris Decision: Bad, Bad News for Franchising

Posted By Rob Hahn August 28, 2015, Filed under: Management, Politics & Regulation@ 10:26 AM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDKO6XYXioc Earlier today, the National Labor Relations Board handed down its ruling in the Brown Ferris case. If you are a brokerage who belongs to a national franchise, like Coldwell Banker or Keller Williams or REMAX, or even a regional franchise, like

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Short Friday Post: What If the Industry Yanked All Their Listings?

Posted By Rob Hahn August 21, 2015, Filed under: Marketing, Politics & Regulation, Real Estate, Technology@ 12:05 PM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0GFRcFm-aY I recently found this post on GeekEstate, which was from a while ago, that asked a provocative question: There are some proponents for the entire industry ceasing syndication entirely (specifically to Zillow). The thinking is generally “with no

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On Project Upstream (Part 1): Great Concept, Problematic Execution

Posted By Rob Hahn August 10, 2015, Filed under: Politics & Regulation, Real Estate, Technology@ 1:57 PM

This is a slide I used at a T3 Summit for a "Black Swan" Presentation At the Inman Connect conference that just wrapped up, there was a "town hall" on a variety of topics featuring industry thought leaders like Marilyn Wilson of the WAV Group, Mark McLaughlin of Pacific Union, Joseph Rand of BHG

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How Many REALTORS Actually Support NAR’s Policies?

Posted By Rob Hahn July 9, 2015, Filed under: Politics & Regulation, Real Estate@ 3:34 PM

This is (hopefully) a brief post, inspired and triggered by something I saw on Facebook today. My friend Lisa Heindel, a broker in New Orleans, wrote up a post dealing with REALTOR.com's partnership with AirBnB. It appears that a number of people in NOLA are not particularly happy with AirBnB,

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Reading the Union Position on Monell v. Boston Pads

Posted By Rob Hahn June 10, 2015, Filed under: Management, Politics & Regulation, Real Estate@ 9:37 AM

One of the law firms who filed the union-side amicus brief As my readers know, the recent Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ("SJC") handed down its ruling in Monell v. Boston Pads. I wrote about that case and cautioned against irrational exuberance from the results, because the results were

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Transparency in Bidding… A Question That May or May Not Be Hypothetical

Posted By Rob Hahn June 6, 2015, Filed under: Politics & Regulation, Real Estate@ 7:09 PM

Let me tell you a story. It may be fiction, it may be nonfiction. It's about a man, who may or may not be a Ivy League-educated lawyer who is the chief counsel for a Democrat Congresswoman with enormous power in the House. Let's say his name is Dave. He may or may not be a law school friend of

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Monell v. Boston Pads Ruling: Hold Off on the Jubilation

Posted By Rob Hahn June 4, 2015, Filed under: Management, Politics & Regulation, Real Estate@ 12:23 AM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=in1XouH9FTk Earlier today, the Massachusetts Supreme Court handed down its decision on Monell v. Boston Pads, one of two independent contractor status lawsuits that the real estate industry has been watching with baited breath. (The other one, still being litigated,

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2015 NAR Midyear Legislative Meetings: Quick Takes, Without Much Thought

Posted By Rob Hahn May 16, 2015, Filed under: Management, Marketing, Politics & Regulation, Real Estate, Technology@ 2:23 PM

I have a feeling we're going to be talking about a whole variety of things that went down at NAR Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo (aka, "Midyear") this year for months and years to come. It's been a great week, but rough on the sleep schedule, so these are not exactly deeply-thought-out

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Oh, California… Duty to Monitor Crazies?

Posted By Rob Hahn March 6, 2015, Filed under: Politics & Regulation, Real Estate@ 10:28 AM

I ran across this disturbing story on the Interwebz related to the horrible killings in Santa Barbara last year: A tearful mother of a college student slain in a rampage outside Santa Barbara last year said Tuesday that she and the parents of the first victims sued the county sheriff and other

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Does an Agent’s Pricing Still Matter?

Posted By Rob Hahn March 5, 2015, Filed under: Politics & Regulation, Real Estate@ 9:23 PM

A while back, I wrote a post about some possible problems and concerns with a new Fannie Mae program, called Collateral Underwriter, which is aimed at helping lenders evaluate appraisals and appraisers. As is often the case, that issue went completely under the radar while everyone was too busy

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