Category : Real Estate

What If Real Estate Brokers Worked Like Car Dealerships?

Posted By Rob Hahn June 14, 2015, Filed under: Management, Marketing, Real Estate, Technology@ 5:18 PM

My friend Eric Stegemann, whom many of you already know as a frikkin' brilliant dude who runs Tribus, posted something on Facebook today and in our banter, got my thinking going. Here's his post: And obviously, you can see my comments too. I thought the similarities between car dealers and

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Brief Post: Why Young People Don’t Become Real Estate Agents

Posted By Rob Hahn June 11, 2015, Filed under: Management, Real Estate@ 1:41 PM

Over on Facebook, my friend Nick Solis is on a roll about the aging REALTOR population. There are some good points being made over there mostly from younger REALTOR types. But I don't think the issue is all that complicated. So before I go board this plane, I thought I'd jot a few thoughts down

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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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NextMLS: RPR Upstream/AMP and the Value of the MLS

Posted By Rob Hahn June 8, 2015, Filed under: Real Estate@ 2:30 PM

I love James Dwiggins, CEO of Nexthome. He's a really sharp guy who knows the business inside and out, backwards and forwards. And I think his perspective is somewhat representative of the more enlightened brokers who truly get technology, its uses, and its limitations. So when he posts this on

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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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Meditation on Meaning of Membership

Posted By Rob Hahn June 3, 2015, Filed under: Management, Real Estate@ 11:11 AM

The talk within the industry these days is all about technology. Well, by "these days" I suppose I mean the last ten years or more. Sometimes I honestly wonder who talks about technology more: REALTORS or venture capitalists. Go look on any of the social media channels frequented by real estate

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AMP and the Small MLS

Posted By Rob Hahn May 29, 2015, Filed under: Management, Real Estate, Technology@ 1:25 PM

Small, am I? Over on Facebook, Sam Debord (regular readers are familiar with Sam) asked a really, really good question: Sam DeBord Rob, give us your take on AMP benefiting small MLSs. Does better software slow consolidation, or are other issues driving it? AMP, of course, stands for RPR's

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Realtor.com Tries to Get the Balance Right

Posted By Rob Hahn May 25, 2015, Filed under: Marketing, Real Estate, Technology@ 4:47 PM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1_9WYllhiQ Without question, the big topics coming out of NAR Midyear Legislative Meetings were  about RPR-AMP, Upstream, and the future of the MLS. I've already written a few posts about them, and expect to write more in the future. But lost in all of that was a

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What is the MLS, Post-AMP?

Posted By Rob Hahn May 22, 2015, Filed under: Real Estate@ 12:19 PM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZ0SR3pYJ7c Who am I, what have I become? Two stories hit my awareness overnight that confirm something I've been saying for a while. In 2013, I wrote this: The second possible unintended consequence is not regulatory, but practical. For a while, I’ve argued that

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