When the Clouds Part

Rob and I were supposed to be in Wilmington, NC today to present some new sessions at the State REALTOR Conference, Xchange. We watched as Hurricane Florence gained strength across the Atlantic with estimated landfall near Wilmington, and quickly realized that the event would be cancelled. In an email from the NC REALTORS staff today, […]

Grading Time! The 2017 Predictions

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. (Link goes to Inman.) For those keeping track at home, my record so far: 2010 Predictions: 6 for 10 (.600) 2011 Predictions: 4.5 for 7 (.642) 2012 Predictions: 2 for 7 (.286) […]

Seven Predictions for 2017: The Boy Bands Edition

[It looks like Inman has posted my annual tradition: the seven predictions for 2017, sure to be wrong, or your money back! It’s behind a paywall for now, but should be freed up in a couple of days.] It turns out that last year, despite my predictions being mostly wrong, no one got a refund […]

Grading Time! The 2016 Predictions

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. In this year’s case, because of a ten-day vacation in paradise, the grading is for 2016. Plus, my Seven Predictions post will be sometime later this week. Anyhow, my track […]

BREAKING: Bernie Sanders Proposes Universal Housing

Although the current candidates for President have been relatively quiet about the issue of housing, Bernie Sanders has finally released a major plan calling for universal housing: “Homeownership has always been the American Dream. What’s more, housing is a fundamental human right. Yet, our housing market is completely broken. It benefits Wall Street while screwing […]

Power, Diversity, and the SP200 List

As some of you may know, I’ve been assisting Stefan Swanepoel with a project called SP200, the second annual edition of which just went live. SP stands for “Swanepoel Power”, so the actual list is the list of the 200 most powerful individuals in the residential real estate industry. Since I haven’t shown this post […]

First Ever Notorious Reader Contest!

So… earlier this year, at the T3 Summit, I listed as one of my Black Swans the possibility that the 1099 independent contractor status for real estate agents might go away. The reason, I thought, was that state and federal governments would want MOAR taxes. You know, Social Security, Medicare, Obamacare, whatever taxes that are tied to […]

NAR Acquires Ashley Madison, Plans New Consumer Ad Strategy

CHICAGO (April 1, 2014) – The National Association of Realtors® has agreed to acquire the online relationship website Ashley Madison (www.ashleymadison.com) from Avid Life Media for an undisclosed sum. Ashley Madison encourages extramarital relationships, with the tagline, “Life is short. Have an affair.” As part of the acquisition, Darren Morgenstern, Operations Director for AshleyMadison.com, will join NAR […]

BREAKING: Zillow Hires Shaun Donovan as Chief Association Persuasion Officer

SEATTLE, March 5, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Zillow, Inc. (Nasdaq:Z), the leading real estate and home-related marketplace, today announced Shaun Donovan will join the company in the new position of Chief Association Persuasion Officer to lead the company’s relations strategy with REALTOR Associations. He will report directly to Zillow® CEO Spencer Rascoff, and also manage the […]

NAR & Move Sues Zillow and Errol: The Complaint

I have no thoughts on this yet, as I’m reading it myself. But figured I’d get it uploaded for others if you want to see it. The Complaint: MoveNARvsZSamuelson Obviously, this is just the opening salvo. I assume there will be an Answer filed shortly, and then we’ll see where this all goes. -rsh