Tag Archives: housing market

We Need To Talk About Fannie Mae A Bit

Posted By Rob Hahn February 23, 2015, Filed under: Politics & Regulation, Real Estate, Technology@ 2:43 PM

A couple of weeks ago, I learned about a new Fannie Mae program that was rolled out to lenders called Collateral Underwriter, or CU. From the press release: Fannie Mae created the online tool in 2013 to analyze appraisal data it had been receiving from lenders electronically since 2012. With the

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Grading Time! Reviewing My 2014 Predictions

Posted By Rob Hahn December 22, 2014, Filed under: Management, Marketing, Playing Economist, Politics & Regulation, Real Estate, Technology@ 1:54 PM

Welcome to another edition of an annual tradition, in which I go back and grade myself on my predictions made at the start of this year. My track record so far: 2010 Predictions: 6 of 10 (.600) 2011 Predictions: 4.5 of 7 (.642) 2012 Predictions: 2 for 7 (.286) 2013 Predictions: 4.5 of 7

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Grading Time! Reviewing My 2013 Predictions

Posted By Rob Hahn January 2, 2014, Filed under: Management, Marketing, Playing Economist, Politics & Regulation, Real Estate, Technology@ 1:52 PM

Is it time for this Hall of Fame career to come to an end? Welcome to another edition of an annual tradition, in which I go back and grade myself on my predictions made at the start of this year. My track record so far: 2010 Predictions: 6 of 10 (.600) 2011 Predictions: 4.5 of 7 (.642) 2012

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That Mysterious “Other” – Tales from Google Consumer Survey

Posted By Rob Hahn September 9, 2013, Filed under: Marketing, Real Estate@ 4:36 PM

Yes, I'd like to explore this mysterious Other, too... Tim Dain is the Executive Director at SIRMLS and one of the most forward-thinking MLS people in the industry today. He's also a bit of a tech geek and likes to experiment with techie things. Well, he sent me something he did through Google's

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Notorious P.O.D. Episode 5: RentMetrics and George Kalogeropoulos

Posted By Rob Hahn August 18, 2013, Filed under: Marketing, Podcast, Real Estate, Technology@ 12:30 PM

  Episode #5 is one of my favorites. I love introducing innovative startups in real estate to the high level elite audience that frequents this blog. (That would be you, dear reader/listener.) But this one was really special. George Kalogeropoulos, Founder and CEO of RentMetrics.com, is frikkin'

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Deconstructing Obama on Housing

Posted By Rob Hahn August 12, 2013, Filed under: Playing Economist, Politics & Regulation, Real Estate@ 4:59 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-XbETvNBv0 As I'm sure my industry-savvy readers -- that would be you -- know by now, President Obama sat down with Spencer Rascoff, CEO of Zillow, for a half hour interview in which the President answered questions that Zillow gathered from social media. The video

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Redfin Uses A Curious Definition of “Bubble”

Posted By Rob Hahn April 17, 2013, Filed under: Playing Economist, Real Estate@ 10:35 PM

  First of all, I know there's cool Q1 news out there and coming soon from companies I'm keeping track of. But I'm at the T3 Summit today, so look for the Q1 updates next week. In the meantime, I thought I would take notice of something... a bit odd.

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A Few Questions on Housing Inventory

Posted By Rob Hahn March 4, 2013, Filed under: Playing Economist, Real Estate@ 2:07 PM

My friend Mike Simonsen of Altos Research recently put up an excellent post explaining why he thinks the housing inventory levels remain so low. Read the whole thing, since Mike is one of the sharpest guys in the industry, and he uses data that the other analysts often do not. In summary, Mike

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Something’s Not Adding Up Here… Housing Is Back, But FHA Needs a Bailout?

Posted By Rob Hahn November 16, 2012, Filed under: Playing Economist, Real Estate@ 8:49 AM

Housing is back! So says the media and Lawrence Yun of NAR. 872,000 new housing starts in September. Prices are up some 11.7% in September. And Lawrence Yun is projecting 15% increase in home values over the next three years. So... what the hell is going on over at the FHA? The Federal Housing

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Concerning QE3, A Few Thoughts…

Posted By Rob Hahn September 15, 2012, Filed under: Management, Media, Playing Economist, Real Estate@ 3:17 PM

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCY9ZGnDolQ I am not an economist, and I don't play one on TV, and I didn't stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night... but I kinda look like one. Plus, Seth Price of Placester isn't an economist either as far as I know, although he's a good friend who is not only

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