How “fixing” the Zestimate isn’t just math

I recently amused myself – and a few others – when I Facebook trolled the CEO of Zillow, Spencer Rascoff for offering a million dollars to anyone who could fix their “Zestimate” algorithm.  My solution was simple – “Hire a REALTOR®” Then I suggested he send the million dollars to the Beverly Hills/ Greater Los […]

How "fixing" the Zestimate isn't just math

I recently amused myself – and a few others – when I Facebook trolled the CEO of Zillow, Spencer Rascoff for offering a million dollars to anyone who could fix their “Zestimate” algorithm.  My solution was simple – “Hire a REALTOR®” Then I suggested he send the million dollars to the Beverly Hills/ Greater Los […]

The Difference Between Business and a Profession

I’ve been traveling almost nonstop for a few weeks, so things have been light in the blogging department. My latest stop was Stefan Swanepoel’s T3 Summit in Los Angeles last week, a fabulous event made even more fabulous this year because of agent Eric Boyenga of the Silicon Valley Real Estate Team. T3 attracts  the most powerful people […]

The Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations: The Inman Person of the Year Edition

Blogging, social media, and work activities have been at an all time low. Big part of the reason is that the above is my view right now, except that you can’t see the turquoise waters of the Caribbean glistening like a carpet of gems…. So yeah, getting on the ye olde laptop is not real […]

The Next Lion . . . the Next Hill: Thoughts from CMLS 2013

The Council of Multiple Listing Services held its annual conference in Boise, ID this past week. In keeping with the high standards of excellence (which may be redundant, but I liked the phrase) of past conferences, our host, Greg Manship from Intermountain MLS, the local host, and his staff put on a top notch program. Many of the […]

City of Eastvale to Real Estate Investors: FOAD

My last post dealt at some length with Federal policy. But in many of my writings, presentations, and comments, I point out that the folks who are most likely to get all up in your business are municipalities. Case in point: the city of Eastvale, CA, with some 57,000 residents, is contemplating telling real estate […]