Digging deeper into Parker Principle 7: The complexities of open data

Rob Hahn digs into Parker Principle 7, a product of Inman Disconnect, and questions artificial versus natural barriers, what overly protective means, who the key players are and how open data works in practice …

Not business as usual: Realogy enters the Schneider era

One of the biggest changes in the industry as we entered 2018 was a changing of the guard atop the largest real estate company in the U.S. as Richard Smith, CEO of Realogy stepped down, and Ryan Schneider, formerly of Capital One, stepped up …

Can Coldwell Banker and Century 21 deliver on their new brand promises?

Can we spend a little bit of time congratulating two brands that are doing things right? Coldwell Banker and Century 21 both have scored big with their most recent moves, and it’s worth talking about them and recognizing when someone does something right in our industry …

Inside Gary Keller’s Vision Speech: The beginning of the end?

Yesterday’s post on the keynote Vision Speech by Josh Team and Gary Keller at this year’s Family Reunion generated, uh, let’s call it “a bit of passion.” The early batch of commenters took issue — and not in a civil fashion — about what I wrote based on the Inman story …

What the hell is Keller Williams doing? Lingering questions from the Vision Speech

It’s been a busy few days, and not likely to get any less busy for the foreseeable future, but I have to talk about the Keller Williams Vision Speech …

Leadership in real estate: Courage is what we need

The fundamental problems facing the industry require fundamental solutions. That means destroying that which does not work any longer. That means questioning where we’re headed and why. That means upsetting the comfortable arrangements that have profit…

Notorious R.O.B.’s 7 predictions for 2018: Disco fever

Realogy will transform to ‘stay alive,’ Redfin gets its groove on and more — Rob Hahn graces us with his seven predictions for 2018, disco-style …

The 7 most interesting people in real estate in 2017

So I’ve decided to add to my end-of-the-year workload by starting something new this year. I call it the Interesting List, and there are seven — a number that is sacred to me as well as many of the world’s oldest religions — people on it …

What do Realtors really want from their MLS?

As most of you know, there were some changes made at NAR about the whole MLS of choice deal. Because I don’t think that’s a huge thing, although events could prove me wrong, I’ll skip it and move on to this: NAR MLS consolidation resources …

What Redfin’s IPO means for real estate

I have been waiting, wanting, hoping for Redfin to go public for a few years now. For a bunch of reasons, mostly having to do with getting another company in real estate to have to report publicly about its operations and its numbers …