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Shaming Renters, NAR, and Home Ownership

by Drew Meyers on 1:05 pm November 6, 2017

It’s pretty easy to figure out why NAR put out the ad above. Follow the money. Realtors don’t get paid when people rent. They only earn a commission when buyers buy homes. It’s not optimal, but I’m a renter. Always have been. Am I annoyed I’m not building “equity” on a monthly basis? For sure. Do I want to be shamed for it? Certainly not. That said — let’s stop complaining. What about causes and solutions? Barriers to home ownership (aka causes): Housing prices Access to capital … Read More »

“Make IDX Great Again”? Redfin, SEO, and the Broker/Portal Battlefield

by Sam DeBord on 11:23 am September 29, 2017

There’s a proposal for NAR to change IDX policy to include a link back to a listing brokerage’s website within every IDX listing display. This has been suggested and supported by Redfin’s Glenn Kelman and WAV Group’s Victor Lund. References: Geekestate by Drew Meyers Notorious by Rob Hahn WAV Group by Victor Lund I’m a member of the advisory board that vets these kinds of proposals and potentially moves them on to the MLS Policy committee at NAR. So, while I won’t take a position on … Read More »

RealScout Making All the Right Moves

by Drew Meyers on 5:55 pm August 24, 2017

I’m extremely impressed with what I’ve seen from RealScout. Some of you may have watched the interview with Bob Goldberg, conducted by RealScout’s CEO, Andrew Flachner (see his founder interview from 2014 here). If not, head over to Facebook and watch it here. The fact Andrew and new NAR CEO, Bob Goldberg, spent an hour talking is a very, very good sign for RealScout. The fact that the conversation was published is an even better sign for the company. I still believe IDX and real estate … Read More »

Bob Goldberg’s First Video as NAR CEO

by Drew Meyers on 10:32 am August 14, 2017

New NAR CEO Bob Goldberg’s first video [via 1000watt’s email]: Honestly, I have no real opinion of Bob. Never met him, and haven’t spoken about him with anyone who knows/works with him. “Smart changes”? “Improve the lines of communication”? “Concentrated effort to stay in touch regularly”? My gut reaction after watching the video twice is it’s laced full of PR-speak, and not a lot of actionable words. Maybe that’s just me.

The American Dream, and NAR

by Drew Meyers on 9:30 am July 11, 2017

NAR has a few new commercials focused on home ownership (see here to watch the videos and here for Inman coverage) . After watching the commercials, I still wonder… What exactly does being a Realtor mean? Why do I need a Realtor to own a home? PS: Last I checked, the whole point of advertisements was ensure as many people as possible are exposed to the brand — yet, when I tried to embed the videos here (to a new audience, for free), I got the … Read More »

Placester and Free Websites for all Realtors

by Drew Meyers on 9:30 am May 26, 2017

I wrote about Placester in 2014. At the time, they were charging Realtors $5 a month to compete with Zillow’s $10 a month websites. Now, if you’re a Realtor, you can get a FREE website from Placester. The news came out a week ago, so it’s not really news anymore. Greg beat me to saying this. Websites really are a race to the bottom. There are three categories of websites: Template (less than $100, or free) Semi-custom (between a few hundred and a few thousand dollars) Full … Read More »

NAR Doubling Down on Upstream. Why?

by Drew Meyers on 11:01 am May 22, 2017

NAR is putting another $9 into Upstream. There was a comment thread in Inman’s Facebook group this weekend discussing the news and strategy behind it. I must admit, I still don’t really get it — at least not to the tune of $9 million in backing. Couldn’t existing MLS vendors such as Flex or Rapattoni, or even Bridge Interactive Group, tackle this issue at a much, much more affordable price point — and in a fraction of the time? Those with more knowledge than me, would love to … Read More »

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

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 »

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