Posts in category "Industry issues"

Just How Accurate Is Zillow's Zestimate?

Just How Accurate Is Zillow's Zestimate?
I think I already made it clear that I’m no fan of automated home valuation models and Zillow’s Zestimate in particular. Apparently quite a few other people aren’t either. Just last week I posted an article on how some Chicago area builders and their attorney (also a home seller that feels burned by her Zestimate)... Read more »

No Such Thing As A Standard Real Estate Commission In Chicago

No Such Thing As A Standard Real Estate Commission In Chicago
I was watching the April 12 episode of The Deed:Chicago (Analysis Paralysis) when I noticed the star of the show, who has been a Chicago real estate fixture for some time, make 3 references in the last 10 minutes of the show to a “standard real estate commission”. He should really know better than to... Read more »

The Investment Business Points To Future Of The Real Estate Industry

The Investment Business Points To Future Of The Real Estate Industry
A bit over a year ago I wrote about how the history of the stock brokerage business could provide a lot of insight into the future of the real estate industry. It turns out that there are other areas of the investment business that also provide insight to what is in store for real estate... Read more »
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Pocket Listings: Walking A Fine Line With Selling Outside The MLS

Pocket Listings: Walking A Fine Line With Selling Outside The MLS
As long time readers of this blog well know I am no fan of pocket listings, which many realtors promote as a sexy insider buying opportunity. I don’t buy into any of the nonsensical arguments for pocket listings and I have frequently enumerated the problems with them. So we were recently faced with a challenge... Read more »

Why Good Realtors Will Only Work With Buyers On An Exclusive Basis

Why Good Realtors Will Only Work With Buyers On An Exclusive Basis
This is one of those rare moments when I’m actually in agreement with the real estate industry zealots but I didn’t always see it this way. Before I became a realtor I felt like, as a home buyer, I should be able to work with multiple real estate agents and whoever found me the best... Read more »

Hundreds Of Millions Pouring Into New Real Estate Business Models

Hundreds Of Millions Pouring Into New Real Estate Business Models
The smart money knows that the traditional real estate model is broken and dying. It was designed for a time when information about homes was hard to come by and everyone depended upon their local realtor who relied upon voluminous binders of listings. A dramatic change is long overdue. That’s why new real estate business... Read more »
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Beware Of Top Producing Real Estate Agents Who Lie

Beware Of Top Producing Real Estate Agents Who Lie
I’ve actually written several blog posts in the past about how real estate agents use meaningless statistics and even false advertising to get your business. They do it because apparently people fall for it. It would appear that if you tell enough lies people will believe at least some of them and elect select you.... Read more »

Apparent False Advertising In Real Estate: Redfin Sells Homes For $4300 More Than Other Brokerages

Apparent False Advertising In Real Estate: Redfin Sells Homes For $4300 More Than Other Brokerages
I’ve previously posted on the preposterous claims of some real estate agents that they sell homes for more money than other real estate agents. Usually the claim is made without substantiation but a while back I did find at least one example of a Chicago area agent that actually laid out the deceptive math used... Read more »

What Those Real Estate Brokerage Rankings Really Mean

What Those Real Estate Brokerage Rankings Really Mean
Late last week Dennis Rodkin ran a story on the 2015 sales performance and rankings of the top Chicago area real estate brokerages in Crain’s. Much ado was made about the fact that Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group’s (yeah, that’s one company) sales volume dropped while all the other major area brokerages saw increases... Read more »
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Guaranteed Sale Programs: Real Estate Agents That Buy Your Home If They Can't Sell It

Guaranteed Sale Programs: Real Estate Agents That Buy Your Home If They Can't Sell It
Several people have recently told me that there is an area realtor running radio commercials where she guarantees that she will sell your home or she will buy it from you. This was news to me only because I don’t listen to AM radio. What’s not news to me is the concept, which has actually... Read more »