SURVEY: Top 10 Words

Last week we started a discussion on RealBlogging on “What words best describe…” the past decade. After several interesting contributions, we’ve selected what we believe to be the Top 40 mentioned. Now, we would like to find out from you, from the Top 40, what are the 10 best words.

December 13th, 2010 | Posted in Trends Report | Read More »

What words best describe…

The decade 2000 – 2010 is all, but over. In many regards, this has been a very eventful decade with many highlights, disasters, sorrows, unique personalities and innovation. In your opinion which single word(s) - OK, not more than two word phrases and also acronyms - personify and will forever identify the first decade of the 21st Century? To get your juices flowing, let me start us off…

December 8th, 2010 | Posted in Trends Report | Read More »

I am a Realtor. Video skit with Larry King.

“What moron would hire you” says Larry King to an agent during a spoof interview. “I don’t care” says the Realtor. Ouch! It’s a pity that the overall image of real estate agents remain at such low levels that some consumers actually feel that is a true reflection of the industry. Those of you reading this post are clearly way, way better than that, but unfortunately there are “others” out there that…well lets just say, like last week’s parody, the humor hits a nerve. (Go to this actual blog post ...

December 7th, 2010 | Posted in Trends Report | Read More »

Stop Using Social Media Mom

In many instances this parody hits so close to real life that it’s funny and painful at the same time. I think you will enjoy the humor. (Go to this actual blog post to view the video on RealBlogging). If you can’t view the above video in ...

December 1st, 2010 | Posted in Trends Report | Read More »

Commoditizing Real Estate

Commoditizing Real Estate and Disintermediation of Real Estate Agents I am surprised that this discussion has surfaced again… that speculation on whether the real estate transaction will be completely automated and that like travel agents and book retailers, Realtors® have become a dying breed and will disappear completely. Not true. Yes of course, Technology, the Internet, Social Media, Mobile Media, Real Time, QR codes, Augmented Reality, and Location-based Services, etc, etc. have already and will continue to play an enormous role in the future of the real estate business. Few people have been ...

November 16th, 2010 | Posted in Trends Report | Read More »

The Good, the Bad and the Interesting

Reviewing NAR Convention in New Orleans 2010. I attended my first NAR convention in 1987 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Pity we have outgrown that location. This year’s event was however in a great location too – New Orleans!! It has been five years since the devastation of Katrina and you can see that the buzz in the French Quarter has returned with the beads, bars and Bourbon Street leading the way. Here is my snapshot of the highlights of NARdigras 2011: VIRTUAL BECOMES KING Both the presence of Gen X and Y as well ...

November 11th, 2010 | Posted in Trends Report | Read More »

What is Trending? Social Media facilitates your Input

Last year as we approached the annual National Association of Realtors® (NAR) conference discussion, the residential brokerage industry was centered around the Tax Credit, the growing number of firms that were struggling to stay in business, and the exploding number of Realtors® that had dual careers. Then the surprise announcement in San Diego was made and RPR (Realtor® Property Resource) and AVM (Automatic Valuation Models) became the buzz of not only the convention, but also for the rest of the year. During the last year we’ve seen that RPR has celebrated various ...

November 3rd, 2010 | Posted in Trends Report | Read More »

Best New Real Estate Business Models

Real Estate Trends - New Business Models in Real EstateSwanepoel Trends Report Opens Research for New 2011 Report Ever since the introduction of the Internet in real estate in 1995 speculation about a new business model for the real estate market has been rampant. There was a surge of innovation in the late 1990s touting disintermediation, reduced commissions and a more automated and streamlined transaction by using the Internet. Most of that did not materialize as a result of the now infamous “dotcom” crash of 2000. Most of the new business models at the time disappeared although a few interesting companies ...

October 11th, 2010 | Posted in Trends Report | Read More »

10/10/10

Sunday is the 10th of October 2010, or 10/10/10, or 101010: Such a unique date.It’s also a decimal day too and one of the few that is the same no matter which way around you write your dates. How will you remember today? I wish you all the best of health, wealth & happiness in your lives.

October 10th, 2010 | Posted in Trends Report | Read More »

Realtors® are NOT Stupid, Just Slow…

Realtors® are not stupid, just slow to adapt to new technologies. Not because they cannot, but rather because in an industry comprised of independent contracts, the majority chooses to use the Frank Sinatra style – “My Way.” Looking back through time clearly shows most real estate professionals are up to the task of adapting and implementing new technologies successfully. For example in 1973, almost 40 years ago, Electronic Realty Associates, a new real estate franchise at the time, (today known as ERA Real Estate) became one of the fastest growing franchises ...

September 28th, 2010 | Posted in Trends Report | Read More »