That Mysterious “Other” – Tales from Google Consumer Survey

Tim Dain is the Executive Director at SIRMLS and one of the most forward-thinking MLS people in the industry today. He’s also a bit of a tech geek and likes to experiment with techie things. Well, he sent me something he did through Google’s new consumer survey service, and I thought it was interesting enough […]

Notorious P.O.D. Episode 5: RentMetrics and George Kalogeropoulos

  Episode #5 is one of my favorites. I love introducing innovative startups in real estate to the high level elite audience that frequents this blog. (That would be you, dear reader/listener.) But this one was really special. George Kalogeropoulos, Founder and CEO of RentMetrics.com, is frikkin’ brilliant. I think you can tell just from […]

Deconstructing Obama on Housing

As I’m sure my industry-savvy readers — that would be you — know by now, President Obama sat down with Spencer Rascoff, CEO of Zillow, for a half hour interview in which the President answered questions that Zillow gathered from social media. The video is embedded above. Thing is, if we’re going to understand where […]

Redfin Uses A Curious Definition of “Bubble”

  First of all, I know there’s cool Q1 news out there and coming soon from companies I’m keeping track of. But I’m at the T3 Summit today, so look for the Q1 updates next week. In the meantime, I thought I would take notice of something… a bit odd. Bubblicious… Or Not Read this […]

Redfin Uses A Curious Definition of "Bubble"

  First of all, I know there’s cool Q1 news out there and coming soon from companies I’m keeping track of. But I’m at the T3 Summit today, so look for the Q1 updates next week. In the meantime, I thought I would take notice of something… a bit odd. Bubblicious… Or Not Read this […]

A Few Questions on Housing Inventory

My friend Mike Simonsen of Altos Research recently put up an excellent post explaining why he thinks the housing inventory levels remain so low. Read the whole thing, since Mike is one of the sharpest guys in the industry, and he uses data that the other analysts often do not. In summary, Mike thinks that […]

Something’s Not Adding Up Here… Housing Is Back, But FHA Needs a Bailout?

Housing is back! So says the media and Lawrence Yun of NAR. 872,000 new housing starts in September. Prices are up some 11.7% in September. And Lawrence Yun is projecting 15% increase in home values over the next three years. So… what the hell is going on over at the FHA? The Federal Housing Agency, […]

Something's Not Adding Up Here… Housing Is Back, But FHA Needs a Bailout?

Housing is back! So says the media and Lawrence Yun of NAR. 872,000 new housing starts in September. Prices are up some 11.7% in September. And Lawrence Yun is projecting 15% increase in home values over the next three years. So… what the hell is going on over at the FHA? The Federal Housing Agency, […]

Concerning QE3, A Few Thoughts…

  I am not an economist, and I don’t play one on TV, and I didn’t stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night… but I kinda look like one. Plus, Seth Price of Placester isn’t an economist either as far as I know, although he’s a good friend who is not only brilliant but […]

Don’t Let The Loss Fool You; Realogy Is Getting Healthy

Last year, I wrote that Realogy’s numbers looked pretty good to me, despite the fact that Realogy had lost $237m in Q1 of 2011. I figured I might as well dip back into that water since I’m interested in my old corporate home (I started my real estate career at Coldwell Banker Commercial), and well… I […]