First and foremost, I'll be running the July numbers - how many houses came on the market, how many went under contract, how many sold and finally to throw a little wrench in the numbers - how many were either withdrawn or expired. All of these numbers will be framed to a small degree by the fact that there is no good way to track new construction, nor its impact on the Charlottesville market. More on this by Wednesday. First, the home builders are still building too many housing units because that is the only way they can liquidate land and … [Read more...] about Upcoming stories this week
Archives for August 2007
Why it will be hard to close the broadband divide Realtor.com Losing Ground Fast, Zillow.com is Stuck Very, very cool way to visualize real estate search Real Estate Video by - Real Estate Blogger The Thayer System, or one of the reasons I went to VMI. There's more to leadership than shiny shoes. The methodology is simple: a cadet will benefit more from a semester in Morocco or Egypt than a semester spent shining brass and marching parades. … [Read more...] about Saturday Links 08-04-2007
The simple answer is - what other people look like. There is so much more to learn from others with whom you have relationships when you actually shake their hands. Real estate blogging can help to establish relationships with other real estate professionals, potential buyer and seller clients, etc. However, nothing completes a connection like a handshake. Real estate always has been, and always will be, a very personal business dependent on trust between humans. The coverage of the conference provided by the blogs is incomparable, so for … [Read more...] about What did I learn at Inman Connect that I couldn’t have learned if I hadn’t gone?
Perhaps one of the best presentations so far was that provided by Safa Rashtchy titledÂ User Generated Content: You Are No Longer in Control. not so much because of the content, very little of which was groundbreaking news or information. What was interesting was how he put all of the pieces together: 1 - Communitainment 2 - Usites - Yelp, etc. 3 - The web is mainstream 4 - Declining use of traditional media (hint: print is on its way out; the internet is the #1 form of media consumption at work, with people "wasting" two hours every day) 5 … [Read more...] about Notes on Inman Connect Part 2
One of the most difficult parts of listening to the panelists is not being able to respond and participate in the conversation. A few thoughts of my own for beginning bloggers - - Be yourself - Focus on building long-term, loyal readers and commenters - Read, read, read, but be selective about whom you listen to and emulate. - Build off-line buzz. Become a part of the conversation. - Be the expert. - Be passionate. Technorati Tags: connectsf … [Read more...] about Notes from Inman Connect Part 1
Preparing for the worst - knowing what the "worst" looks like and doing whatever is possible to avoid it - that is one of the key components of a successful Realtor. I've said many times before that mere MLS access is no longer a guarantee of success. Setting clients' expectations at appropriate levels and preparing them for some of the "mights" is one of the most important aspects of a transaction - if you do this, then this will happen; if you don't do this, then expect the other side to do this. My job is not to promise sunshine and … [Read more...] about Setting clients’ expectations is crucial