[VIP] The Notorious Interview: Skylar Olsen, Kathryn Coursolle, Zillow Research

In today’s episode of the Notorious Interview, I have a fantastic conversation with a pair of economists from Zillow Research, which publishes an annual Consumer Housing Trends Report.¬† It is one of the best research studies on what is happening on the ground with buyers, sellers and renters. Ms. Olsen is the Director of Economic […]

The Truth About Millennials and Housing with Nicole Lopez

I’m quite excited to bring you this post, largely because it is about showcasing someone else’s work that needs showcasing. This is an interview of Nicole Lopez, the team leader/owner of The PR Group with Compass in Houston. She is not just a successful REALTOR, she is also a rising leader in the local and […]

The City, Post Self-Driving Cars

My April Fool’s experiment has taught me that most people simply do not click on links. ūüôā Accordingly, I’ll minimize the links on future posts, including this one, unless I feel it’s absolutely necessary. Heh. In any event, back to semi-serious topics… and there’s a great one on LinkedIn¬†by the one and only Glenn Kelman, […]

Musings on the Supply Crisis

The real estate industry has been talking about low supply for a couple of years now, but it seems that some in the mainstream media have finally woken up to the issue. Chris Matthews writing in Fortune thinks that the housing crisis never ended – it just morphed into something else: ‚ÄúAmerica is experiencing a […]

Why Am I Nervous About the 2016 Housing Market?

I think I need some help. [Ed: You’re just now realizing this? Really?] Something’s not really adding up for me as I think about the 2016 housing market forecasts. Economists, including one that looks a lot like me, are forecasting sort of modest growth for housing this year, based on 2015 being a great year. […]

Futurism: The Rise of Online Education and Real Estate

With Thanksgiving around the corner, I thought it might be fun to do some Big Picture Thinking, rather than¬†overly earnest calls for reform that go silently into that dark night. One amazing story I saw recently deserves some of that Big Picture Futurism treatment. From the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with the headline, “Homeschooled with […]

Care About Millennials? You Should Watch This

I spent a great deal of time the last couple of weeks doing research for a chapter in the 2016 Swanepoel Trends Report. It’s still in progress, but I rather think it’ll be awesome when it comes out. I was going to write a post or two about it but… you know, I think it’s […]

Brief Post: Why Young People Don’t Become Real Estate Agents

Over on Facebook, my friend Nick Solis is on a roll about the aging REALTOR population. [fb_embed_post href=”https://www.facebook.com/nick.solis2/posts/891536880918213/” width=”550″/] There are some good points being made over there mostly from younger REALTOR types. But I don’t think the issue is all that complicated. So before I go¬†board this plane, I thought I’d jot a few […]

Brief Post: Why Young People Don't Become Real Estate Agents

Over on Facebook, my friend Nick Solis is on a roll about the aging REALTOR population. [fb_embed_post href=”https://www.facebook.com/nick.solis2/posts/891536880918213/” width=”550″/] There are some good points being made over there mostly from younger REALTOR types. But I don’t think the issue is all that complicated. So before I go¬†board this plane, I thought I’d jot a few […]