Carnival of Real Estate Honorable Mentions

Marketing – – Nice list of free listing options…but fails to mention HotPads! See Post

Humor – Scathing review of Donald Trump Jr’s "Get Rich Quick" junk mail…and apparently Junk Real Estate Conference as well.  See Post

Tech and Legal
– – MLS Friendly Search vs. User Friendly Search.  How long can Realtors fight user friendly (free) search engines and the DOJ?  See Post

Marketing – Tips for home sellers.  Make your prospects pause when they enter. See Post

Lending – Sellers are dealing with the consequences of being crushed by a Reverse Mortgage. See Post

General –  –  Discusses the benefits of the Granny Flat…(free childcare and a flexible tenant!) See Post

Technology – – Discussing the future of the MLS, Jim Duncan believes that “we are in a time of massive transition, from one where the Realtor controlled all the information and consumers were forced to go through a Realtor to buy or sell property to a world where information is free-flowing.”  See Post

General – – Analyzes the implications of the Divorced Commission for the MLS model.  He believes that ”divorcing the buyer’s agent’s compensation from the listings agent’s compensation has salutary consequence with respect to the agency relationship of both sellers and buyers and with the cooperation of agents.”  Commissions would “ to get the issue of our compensation out of the buyer’s way” and assist in improving the MLS system.  See Post

Economics – – Jonathan Dalton continues the ongoing debate regarding the future of real estate commissions by employing the example of Nordstrom while considering the relationship of service and value versus price.  He posits that business models cannot be based on both price and service (as claims of “excellent service at a lower price” will ultimately fail to sway the public) and questions whether discounting the buyers’ side with a flat-rate structure is truly the answer. See Post 

International – – Many domestic investors have recognized the potential gains in foreign properties, as exemplified by boxer Joe Calzaghe’s recent purchases of properties in the U.K. and Turkey.  See Post

Marketing – – Joel Burslem offers some valuable information about two tools that can assist all who advertise on Craigslist.   See Post

Marketing – – The Northwest Multiple Listing Service has decided against renewing their contract with, reportedly because the NWMLS felt that providing their service to the for-profit organization was an “inappropriate use of copyrighted data.”  This paramount decision to pull its feed may have devastating implications on in the region. See Post

Technology – —  In an interview conducted by NY Houses 4 Sale, the founders of SellsiusRealEstate detail their experiences of becoming dominant in the blogosphere.  Sharing their interests, inspirations, and favorites, this interview offers some insight into their world.  See Post