I looked for a consistent theme; the only one I could discern is that of change. The market, business models, information disemination methods. Keeping up is a job in itself! I thanked the browser Gods for tabbed browsing; and then I set about the selection process.
The competion for “best post” was fierce, but in the end I had to go with Jim Cronin’s debate on the merits of giving away “trade secrets”. Those who choose to lead have a responsibility, perhaps an obligation to share and educate others. This leadership positions them at the top, establishes them as leaders and helps those who choose to learn. You cannot educate those who choose to to participate. Besides, the competition will figure out the “secrets” eventually anyway. Sharing is a means by which to spur your own development as well. In short, thanks for sharing. To all of you.
Moving on, in no particular order other than personal preference, to the rest, making for a grand total of a lucky thirteen posts:
– Trulia wonders whether agents are in trouble. Some agents probably are.
– Nubricks shows us that there is opportunity beyond the borders of the USA, and exposes (to me) a market other than our own and ChIndia.
– Greg defines the “Divorced Commission,” writing more eloquently than most where the industry must go.
– Mike is seeking Maverick nominations.
– What can we learn from the California market? Quite a bit, in fact.
– Daniel calls foul on the MNAR. Are there too many agents? Who should tell those who are damaging the profession?
– Zestimate, Schmestimate – the agent has to bring more than MLS access to the table. (MLS)
– Finding the story beyond the numbers.
– The Difference between Good Realtors and Bad Agents.
– Pat presents his thoughts on the real estate blogging community.
– Dan Green offers a defense of interest-only mortgages.
Update: I neglected to include sellsius’ great post about the Realtor.com/Zillow kerfluffle. Call it “host’s prerogative.” 🙂
For those Halloween posts – don’t forget about the Halloween Carnival.
*Note – I placed a premium on correct grammar and spelling. As a former English major and editor in college, I just couldn’t help myself.
Thank you for the opportunity to host. I truly appreciate the chance to host a carnival featuring those from whom I learn each and every day.