Carnival of real estate, National Association of Realtors, Real estate, Zillow
December 4th, 2006 · No Comments
November 20th, 2006 · 1 Comment
The good folks at Ubertor took the helm at the Carnival of Real Estate this week, wading through a ton of good entries to narrow it down to 11. Pat Kitano of TransparentRE rightfully won top honors for his entry on first mover advantage in a Web 2.0 world, a much-discussed and dissected article (see the comments) on how difficult it is to stay ahead of the game technologically these days.Carnival of real estate, Liam Lavery, National Association of Realtors, Real estate, Redfin, Trulia, Zillow
November 8th, 2006 · 3 Comments
Why is he so against Zillow? Is it, in fact, out of some sort of principled commitment to the way online real estate should be conducted?Alan Dalton, California Association of Realtors, car_convention, leading_real_estate, Lloyd Frink, National Association of Realtors, Real estate, realtor, Realtor.com, Zillow
October 30th, 2006 · No Comments
October 26th, 2006 · 7 Comments
The National Association of Realtors and its state and local affiliates are masters of the rile-up-the-troops-and-get-out-the-vote routine. Two years ago I trekked up to Sacramento for the California Association of Realtor’s annual Legislative Day and had my eyes opened to the world of lobbying, politics, and how legislative decisions are made. 2000 Realtors from around the state descended on the capital and met with their local state representatives, “educating” them about upcoming real-estate related legislative issues and “how they should vote.” Our local NAR affiliate, the Silicon Valley Assocation of Realtors, is equally effective on local issues — with a day’s notice, it can mobilize several dozen, perhaps even a few hundred, local Realtors to show up at a city council meeting to voice their opposition to some new measure.
Don’t get me wrong — every trade association in the country lobbies, and the Realtor lobby just happens to be better funded, organized, and influential than most. NAR’s express purpose is, and should be, to protect the interests of its members as it perceives them.
October 20th, 2006 · 3 Comments
I rarely have a need to go to Realtor.com, but when I did so last night I had quite the surprise — there were not just active listings, but recently solds as well! Their source for that data? Not the MLS, but a 3rd party data aggregator called OnBoard. I’m getting a headache.National Association of Realtors, Real estate, Real estate data, Real-estate-technology, Realtor.com, Zillow
October 20th, 2006 · 8 Comments
Rumors abound of a Jerry Springer-like dust-up between Lloyd Frink of Zillow.com and Alan Dalton of Realtor.com on Tuesday at the California Realtor Expo — see here, here, here, and here. Unfortunately, there does not (at least yet) appear to be a transcript or recording of the event — not even at the California Association of Realtors’ web site — and no mention either at the Zillow Blog or at Realtor.com itself. Youtube, where are you?
I’ve heard Dalton speak a few times, and he’s an engaging, if somewhat excitable, character. For somebody so associated with the old guard, he really does, I believe, “get” technology. If you can wade through his somewhat verbose writing, this article in a recent issue of RIS Media highlights his thinking on real estate and the Internet and demonstrates that he’s not just some old fuddy-duddy. Money quotes: (more…)