Data science for housing meet up

Save the date.

I remember way way back at the first RE BarCamp in 2008 that Rob Hahn suggested we do a BarCamp event for the real super geeks of real estate. It was a great idea, but I was really in no position to pull it off at the time.

hGx_cCMJRAOnCchT-R5TLQ6IZKbqgt_qlBhcUeeBuZQSeven years later, I think it’s time to give it a shot. With some help from my peeps at NAR, we’re organizing “Data Science For Housing Meet Up” during NAR’s annual convention in San Diego. The event will take place at the convention center on Thursday, November 12th from 2:30 to 5:00.

REALTORS® are welcome to attend, but this is really geared toward coders, data scientists, business analysts, and maybe even a few economists who work in the housing industry. Heck, I hope 90% of the discussion is completely over my head.

More details to follow. RSVP now to save yourself a spot as attendance is limited to 150 people. Furthermore, please pass this on to those super geeks on your team. This is a great opportunity for them to network with their colleagues.

Eventbrite - Data Science For Housing Meet Up.

Real Estate and the Internet of Things

RM_CVR_2015_mar_aprI did a presentation last year at The REALTORS® Conference and Expo on the Internet of Things. It was really great for three reasons:

  1. Chad Curry  (Managing Director at CRT) had already amassed the bulk of the info I presented, so it was really easy to put together.
  2. Meg White, (Managing Editor at REALTOR® Magazine) attended the session and decided to write an article on the topic.
  3. They made it the cover story for the March/April issue!

It was really fun to contribute to this.

You can read it here.

Big Data, Analytics & Real Estate

bigdatafeatureimageI co-wrote a new white paper for the Center for REALTOR® Technology. It’s a brief overview of what makes big data big, and cover’s big data’s impact on the real estate industry.

This is part one of two. The second installment will cover how NAR is using data analytics to better serve it’s members. A.k.a., my day job.

You can download part one here.

Online Mortgage Pioneer Dies at 53

I was saddened to learn of the recent passing of Warren Hitesh Myer. For those who never met him, Warren was one of the true pioneers of the online world of real estate. He probably originated the first online mortgage in 1992, and founded Myers Internet in 1995.

I moved to San Jose, CA in 2000 to work for Myers Internet, my first web related job. We sold hosted websites to real estate and mortgage companies and generated online leads through sites like BestRate.com, Loanapp.com, and MortgageFAQ.com. Applying for a loan on an SSL encrypted website seems pretty pedestrian today, but this was some cutting edge stuff 20 years ago. Warren was one of the key guys driving the adoption of online loan applications.

 - Lenderama.com, powered by Myers, circa 2001

Lenderama.com, powered by Myers in 2001

My experience at Myers Internet drove me to acquire the URL, lenderama.com. I had NO IDEA what to do with it. I just knew I had to have a professional, online presence moving forward.  For a while, lenderama was mapped to a Myers-powered mortgagefaq.com site. Later, when I returned to wholesale lending, I used lenderama as a client resource repository. In 2005, it became my blog.

In retrospect, I owe quite a lot to Warren. He was the catalyst that helped change the course of my career. I sold lenderama.com in 2009, but still feel a connection to the mortgage world through the relationships built through that site.

Over the years, I have had a few opportunities to reconnect with Warren. He was a regular attendee at Inman Connect in San Francisco and fairly active on social media. I was always eager to hear his thoughts and recently connected him with a lending/data startup in the Bay Area.

Like many habitual entrepreneurs, Warren was the single wage earner in his family and did not have life insurance. He is survived by his wife, Suki, and four step-children. Please consider donating to the Warren Hitesh Myer Memorial Fund. I would really appreciate anything you can do for them.

R.I.P. Warren Hitesh Myer.