BREAKING: Bernie Sanders Proposes Universal Housing

Although the current candidates for President have been relatively quiet about the issue of housing, Bernie Sanders has finally released a major plan calling for universal housing: “Homeownership has always been the American Dream. What’s more, housing is a fundamental human right. Yet, our housing market is completely broken. It benefits Wall Street while screwing […]

The Seven Most Interesting People in Real Estate, 2015

‘Tis the season for year-end lists, best-of lists, lists for Santa, lists for New Year Resolutions, lists of lists, yay! I recently spent a weekend locked in a conference room working on an actually important list — the Swanepoel Power 200 — that was fun, exhilarating, and hard work. But as we get to the […]

NAR Acquires Ashley Madison, Plans New Consumer Ad Strategy

CHICAGO (April 1, 2014) – The National Association of Realtors® has agreed to acquire the online relationship website Ashley Madison (www.ashleymadison.com) from Avid Life Media for an undisclosed sum. Ashley Madison encourages extramarital relationships, with the tagline, “Life is short. Have an affair.” As part of the acquisition, Darren Morgenstern, Operations Director for AshleyMadison.com, will join NAR […]

What If The Market Had Not Collapsed in 2007?

Just a quick thought/question, since I’m working on a big paper at the moment when the thought occurred to me. Think about this. Trulia launched in September of 2005. Zillow opened its doors in February of 2006. The Housing Collapse began sometime in 2006, and really hit the fan in 2007. Look at the chart […]

Why Bother? Brokerage Numbers From the New NAR Study

So NAR has published a new study of brokerage firms ($149 if you’re not a NAR member) which shows “optimism and challenges”. Various media folks have opined and reported on it already, and I read the RISMedia story on the survey. Go check it out in full if you haven’t already. But one passage in […]

Some Notes & Observations About the New Site

Just a quick note to say that the move to a self-hosted WordPress platform is ongoing.  It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a while, but haven’t really had the time to focus on it.  I still don’t really have the time, but… as much as I love WordPress.com’s hosted service, there were things […]

Some Notes & Observations About the New Site

Just a quick note to say that the move to a self-hosted WordPress platform is ongoing.  It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a while, but haven’t really had the time to focus on it.  I still don’t really have the time, but… as much as I love WordPress.com’s hosted service, there were things […]

Interesting Factoids from RISMedia’s 2008 Power Broker Results

One of the most valuable pieces of data in our industry, I think, is the annual Power Broker Report and Survey conducted by RISMedia.  The 2008 edition is no exception, and is available here.  I highly recommend it if you’re interested in our industry as a whole. I like to play with the numbers as […]

Interesting Factoids from RISMedia's 2008 Power Broker Results

One of the most valuable pieces of data in our industry, I think, is the annual Power Broker Report and Survey conducted by RISMedia.  The 2008 edition is no exception, and is available here.  I highly recommend it if you’re interested in our industry as a whole. I like to play with the numbers as […]

My Blog Header Image

So I restored the original Notorious ROB header image (of Anakin becoming Darth Vader) in tribute to Joe Ferrara of Sellsius (@jfsellsius) who liked that.  Then I heard from others that the header image is full of disturbia and sturm and drang angst.  You know what that means. Time for a poll. Let your voice […]