Another shameless plug.
Andrea V. Brambila from Inman News:
“Brokers who belong to multiple listing services that operate public portals powered by Solid Earth’s Spring platform can now add a “deep link” bringing consumers who find listings they represent on the portals back to listing detail pages on their own websites.”
I just think this is the worse idea ever. Why? You need to sweat the details. A good portal needs to have a coherent path; homepage, search results page, and property detail page. It needs to be consistent. If a consumer clicks on a listing and then it brings up a whole new website (different colors, different typeface, etc.) they are going to wonder, “what’s up with this?” and go somewhere else where they can get a better experience.
I understand the industry is trying to come up with ways to encourage “big brokers” (and lets be honest and just say Berkshire Hathaway, okay? -thanks) to participate in MLS public facing websites. But if that means making your existing website a shitty experience, then everyone loses.
“WAV Group is excited to announce that founding partner, Marilyn Wilson has joined the Board of Trustees for the National Small Business Association (NSBA). In its rich, 75-year history, NSBA has made significant strides in advocating for small businesses. From its humble beginnings under founder DeWitt Emery, a small-business owner who aimed simply to make a difference, to today with the broad, national presence as the leading small-business advocacy group, NSBA fights daily for Mr. Emery’s mission to make a difference for America’s small businesses”
Way to go Marilyn!
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I’ve been a bit skeptical about Nextdoor but this is pretty compelling.
From an actual post on Audubon Park’s Nextdoor site earlier this month:
“To whomever called code enforcement about the state of my yard … Did it ever occur to you that not everyone whose yard is not up to snuff is lazy? For your information, I am a cancer patient. All of my money has gone to doctors, hospital bills, medicine, etc. My stamina isn’t even close to what it used to be … And if that wasn’t enough, my husband decided he didn’t want to be married to a lemon, so he asked for a divorce. Do you know what that feels like? … I have been killing myself the past two weeks trying to get everything done the city wants before they put a lien on my house/fine me. If the only thing that you find bothersome is the state of someone else’s yard then I think you ought to be thankful. Be thankful you can afford to pay somebody to do your yard work for you. Be thankful you have good health to do it yourself. I hope whoever this coward is gets a major comeuppance, you selfish SOB.”
Samantha Lair says she was really angry when she wrote that. She prepared herself for what she expected would be equally indignant responses.
After all, she knew her yard was a mess and she knew she needed to find the energy to clean it up.
So she was shocked to wake up the next morning and find 16 responses to her rant, many of them offers of free yard work.
“It was just amazing,” she said. “Not one of them was negative.”
For the last two weeks, neighbors from all over Audubon Park, the Orlando neighborhood sandwiched between Leu Gardens and Baldwin Park, have stopped by Lair’s home and spent an hour or two trimming or weeding. Others have hauled off bags of yard waste so she wouldn’t be charged for going over the bag limit on trash day.
April 1, 1936 – January 19, 2014
“John was a man of integrity and a loving husband and father. He enjoyed golf, entertaining friends, planning family trips and building the family vacation home at Black Butte Ranch. There are many great memories of travel with family and friends. Despite all of his business travel, he never missed his children’s events.”
OG for sure.
The thing about true disruption is that it hits you from the blind side. You think X is going to happen and Y slaps you in the face.
Take for instance the big fear out there that Zillow/Trulia‘s “master plan” is to become a real estate broker. Nope. Here’s why.
Uber famously states, “We are not a taxi service.”, they just connect people who need to get somewhere with drivers you can get them there.
Trulia is not a brokerage. Trulia just connects people who want to buy a home with real estate professionals who can help them complete a transaction.
See what I did there?
No? Let me paint a picture for you….