Robots in real estate

Hey look… I wrote something. It’s a report about robots in real estate. Here’s an excerpt:

“Robots don’t have to respect fair display. They’re not obliged to rank properties in the same way an IDX vendor is required to. Robots could care less if the broker has paid for a premium status on a portal. It won’t matter if a property is featured, or sponsored, or presented at the top of the page, or the very bottom. Robots won’t visit one site; they’ll visits hundreds of sites. Robots have time to sort through all of that.”

You can download it at the CRT Labs blog. 

Those old blogger interviews

blog fiesta

– Blog Fiesta, 2007. That one time we ate tacos and talked about blogging.

A decade ago, (seriously) I decided to host a meet-up for a few real estate bloggers in Colorado. I booked it in a Mexican restaurant, so I called it, “Blog Fiesta.” I created a website to promote the event, and decided to interview some of the folks that were attending. This was a full year before the first RE BarCamp.

Blog Fiesta lived beyond the event itself and became a blog about real estate blogging. Unfortunately, I had to abandon the site in 2009.

I recently noticed that I had somehow saved all the old posts from Blog Fiesta. I had even migrated them to this site. I don’t remember doing this, but hooray, they are here. The only issue is that the pictures are missing. I will get around to deleting those image errors… someday.

2007 was the year real estate blogging blew up. Since then, many of the people interviewed have moved on to other things and some of the tools people were using are out of date. Yet, I enjoyed reading through these. You might too. Tools change, but the strategies still apply today.

Here are a few notables: Continue reading

Why you shouldn’t care if your coach isn’t a top producer.

Originally written on December 29, 2010 and published to snap.tc

A tale of two quarterbacks:

Mike was a solid high school quarterback, but considered undersized
once he moved on to college. A hit from another player almost killed
him and his career as a quarterback quickly came to a close. Mike
became a coach. He started as an assistant coach in the college ranks
and eventually made it to the NFL where he worked as a quarterback’s
coach, an offensive coordinator and finally, a head coach.

John was a superstar quarterback in high school and college. He was
the first player drafted in the Quarterback Class of 1983 and ended
his career as the winningest quarterback in NFL history, and MVP of the
back to back World Champion Denver Broncos.

Throughout most of John Elway’s best years in the NFL, Mike Shanahan
was his coach.

Personally, I don’t care if the people who coach me are top producers.
I want them to be top coaches.

The unsung heroes of RE BarCamp.

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RE BarCamp SF, 2008

Eight years ago, my friend Andy Kaufman decided that it would be a good idea to bring BarCamp to real estate. BarCamp is an unconference, or a conference without speakers and agendas. I’ll tell you right now that I wasn’t sold on the idea of bringing this radical concept to real estate, but felt that, at worst, a couple dozen of us would get together one day before Inman Connect SF, drink some beer, and geek out about real estate. So I was in.

I helped Andy with the event by promoting it online. I created rebarcamp.com, and started drumming up attention for the event. Because I was a very public part of the original crew that helped organize the first RE BarCamp, many people give me more credit than I deserve for the event. Lots of people helped to make the first event a success and even more people helped to turn the event into a worldwide phenomenon Continue reading