While we debate Zillow, more Big Shorts loom

For the umpteenth time, someone in a Facebook group recently asked if buying leads from Zillow was worth it. The answers varied from ominous condemnations to enthusiastic support, with a few tin foil hat aficionados drawing parallels between chem-trail…

While we debate Zillow, more Big Shorts loom

For the umpteenth time, someone in a Facebook group recently asked if buying leads from Zillow was worth it. The answers varied from ominous condemnations to enthusiastic support, with a few tin foil hat aficionados drawing parallels between chem-trail…

Why the term ‘Realtor’ matters in the real estate profession

Marc Davison wrote a piece earlier this week exploring the hypothetical rebranding of the term “Realtor” applied to National Association of Realtors (NAR) members to make the term more relevant to the public …

Don’t let anyone write agent safety off as a lost cause

Since my August article on agent safety was published, the conversation on agent safety has unfortunately included the tragic loss of Beverly Carter, whose body was found in a shallow grave a few days after she was killed. Sadly, the …

Experienced agents needed on both sides of a distressed property transaction

A complaint I often hear since the housing downturn is how difficult some REO brokers are to deal with. They are unresponsive, unhelpful, uncommunicative and difficult to transact business with. I’ll be the first to agree that some REO agents …

It’s time to tell agents they can no longer meet with complete strangers in empty houses

This past weekend, an agent in my local market was holding a new construction home open when two men arrived, said they worked for the builder and were there to pick up materials. As they loaded their truck, she became …

Now Realtors are civil rights activists

Prior to the Zillow-Trulia distraction palooza, there was a discussion about Suburban Jungle Realty Group’s model of helping urban dwellers find a home in the New York suburbs. The firm uses census and other demographic-driven data to help homebuyers screen …