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Code of Ethics not clear on negotiating commission down.

by Bryn Kaufman on 4:07 pm November 7, 2016

Mass Code of Ethics confusion is the best way to describe what happened when I inquired in a Facebook Group about an ethics violation another Broker said I committed during our negotiation when I requested he reduce his commission. Many said it was an ethics violation, many said it was not, and after close to 400 comments about it, I found my answer. First, however, I want to let you know what happened. I represented the seller, and we were negotiating back and forth verbally … Read More »

My toughest competitor is the local Board of Realtors

by Bryn Kaufman on 11:30 am May 10, 2016

realtor-nar-logo

First they told everyone to remove all branding from photos, which I agree with, but then they said they will put their branding on every photo. So now every new property photo on my website and thousands of other websites promotes their website. This is a fantastic way to drive a ton of traffic from their member’s websites to their website. The reason they gave was they are trying to track scammers on Craigslist from using the photos, but that is silly because any scammer … Read More »

Is There D.A.N.G.E.R. In The Future Of Real Estate?

by Michael Price on 5:56 pm June 5, 2015

Real estate Danger Report

It’s been well over 20 years now since then NAR president Bill Chee warned everyone of the “Lion Coming Over The Hill”. “Non-Industry competitors” and Microsoft were viewed as a clear and present danger. NAR leadership created RIN (the Realtor Information Network)  Shortly after it was decided that NAR would attack the lion with a Wolff, Stuart Wolff of Homestore, Inc. The Realtor.Com deal was consummated and the race for digital domination was on. Isn’t hindsight wonderful? Even Mister Magoo can see it with clarity. Recently NAR commissioned a … Read More »

NAR – Stop wasting hundreds of millions of our money!

by Bryn Kaufman on 10:29 am May 18, 2015

Realtor_logo

NAR, start asking your members what they want before jumping headfirst into huge expensive projects. Take a survey, see what members actually need and want. After all, you are in business to support your members. RPR is an example of this. According to Inman, NAR has spent $106 million on RPR since 2009. RPR was supposed to be earning enough revenue to break even as of 3 years ago, but I believe revenue to date is under $1,000,000, so not even close. It was obvious RPR … Read More »

Placester and $5 Websites: Seth Price Responds To Your Questions

by Sam DeBord on 10:23 am December 5, 2014

Seth Price - Placester

We’ve had a lot of discussion in the GeekEstate community about Placester’s recent deal with NAR to provide IDX-fed websites to Realtors for $5/mo. I asked Seth Price, VP of Marketing at Placester, to answer a few of your questions.  We speak fairly frankly on this blog, so I tried to get to the meat of the critics’ concerns as quickly as possible. $5/mo websites are attractive to agents, but many wonder if prices will go up later, advertising will be added, etc. There seems … Read More »

NAR BOD Votes on Wide Range of Issues

by Michael Price on 6:24 pm November 10, 2014

The NAR Board Of Directors voted today on long list of issues from the use of drones to take property photos and member codes of excellence to rules that require MLS boards to expand the data they provide for use on broker and agent sites through current IDX (internet data exchange rules). The idea is to improve the competitive standing they have against 3rd party aggregators. Among the more notable changes: MLS must provide listing data updates every 12 hours, down from 3 days. Data can be co-mingled from … Read More »

Tools to improve your NAR conference experience.

by Michael Price on 1:47 pm November 5, 2014

nar conference technology tools

Going to a business conference is always fun, especially if you’re like me and you love what you do and catching up with old friends you haven’t seen in a while. Ahead of an event I am always stressing out over the blocks of time that aren’t productive or if I’ve run into a situation where there are two events at the same time. Did I pick the right one? If you’ve attended events in the past couple of years you’re probably old hat at using the tech … Read More »

NAR Survey Says What about Mobile?

by Bryn Kaufman on 6:07 am

NAR came out with their 2014 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers yesterday. Mobile usage was an eye opener at 50%, but wait, upon closer inspection, they classify it as a Mobile or tablet website or application. I don’t have permission to post a chart from their survey, so here is the link to it on Inman News. I don’t know about you, but when I use my tablet, I browse the full size website, not the one optimized for a phone. At first glance … Read More »

vous voir à la Nouvelle Orléans – See you in New Orleans

by Michael Price on 6:11 pm November 3, 2014

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I’ll be representing GeekEstate blog in New Orleans this week at the annual NAR Realtors Convention & Expo. The event will take place the 7th through the 10th. This year’s conference, “Realtors® in Full Swing,” is expected to draw more than 17,000 Realtors® and guests. If you’re planning on attending and have a scoop regarding real estate technology & marketing, ping me on Twitter. I hope to see you there! Mike Price Flickr Photo By Erik Larson

NAR Gains Control Of .realestate TLD Service

by Michael Price on 9:13 am October 6, 2014

nar wins rights to sell new tad .realestate

Recently NAR announced that they had “won the rights” to offer .realtor as a top level domain. Today they have announced they have also garnered control of .realestate as an additional TLD service offering. They said that “business rules” and pricing of the domain would be available in Q2 2015. Over the past few years a slew new TLD’s have been provided to registrars, none have created the kind of “land rush” that was expected. You’ll certainly see the first half million .realtor domains go … Read More »

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