Seven Predictions for 2013: The AKUS Experience

  Once again, it is time for the world famous (in my own mind at least) annual tradition of making predictions for the coming year that are Guaranteed to be Wrong, or Your Money Back! This year, I thought I would pay tribute to the greatest musical act still working today: Alison Krauss and Union […]

In Which I Fisk NAREP’s Post

Well, my Inman column on syndication was correct in one respect. Just when I thought I was out, it pulls me back in. Hopefully, I don’t have a seizure right away as did Michael Corleone. As an example, Ben Caballero of NAREP has written a post explaining the difference between syndication (which is doubleplus ungood […]

In Which I Fisk NAREP's Post

Well, my Inman column on syndication was correct in one respect. Just when I thought I was out, it pulls me back in. Hopefully, I don’t have a seizure right away as did Michael Corleone. As an example, Ben Caballero of NAREP has written a post explaining the difference between syndication (which is doubleplus ungood […]

Magical Thinking vs. Boring Reality

  Facebook can sometimes be a gold mine for content. Consider these two seemingly unrelated events: Marie is a friend who used to work in the real estate industry, as the Director of Marketing for MRIS. She relocated to Florida, and asked me months ago for some agents I knew in the area. I didn’t, […]

Description is Not Prescription: A Response to Brian Larson on IDX

  One of the guys I respect most in this business — indeed, one of the guys I learned the most from just by reading his excellent blog, MLS Tesseract — is Brian Larson of Larson, Sobotka. Brian was a key player in the creating of IDX back in the late 90’s and probably has […]

In Which I Solve the Syndication Problem, Once And For All

  Let’s suppose that you’re some graduate student at Beijing University and you want to write a paper on the major issues confronting the American real estate industry. So you start googling and going to blogs (like this one maybe) and open groups on Facebook and whatnot to find out what critical issues are top […]

Online Advertising and Content Ownership: In Which I Have Questions for Patrick Healy

Patrick Healy, the proprietor of Phacient, is a longtime friend from benighted Onboard days, through doing Lucky Strikes Social Media Club (which he has taken leadership of), and general RE.net camaraderie. He posted his thoughts on the whole syndication brouhaha on his blog, which was then picked up by GeekEstate. His point is that real […]