Top 10 stories of 2007 from Inman News (see the article for details):
- Subprime market implodes; housing downturn worsens.
- Blogging runs deeper in real estate’s blood.
- Foxtons closes shop.
- Foreclosure problem worsens; Bush announces rescue plan.
- Redfin and “60 Minutes” of fame.
- Trulia and Zillow get booted from Prudential Real Estate convention.
- Realogy goes private.
- Well-known real estate writer dies.
- NAR’s Gateway project announced.
- FHA goes modern.
All good and interesting news stories. But what would a blog post be without some after-the-fact quarterbacking. Here are my thoughts:
The subprime mess definity earned the list, while I think blogging is in there purely as linkbait. 🙂 Foxtrons never crossed my radar so I can’t say much about them, but I would have included the foreclosure mess in with the subprime mess (despite the fact that two smaller messes would be easier to clean than one huge mess). Redfin PR got proper kudos while Prudential made a PR blunder. Realogy business structure must be interesting to others and I simply didn’t know the author. I don’t have high hopes for Gateway (although I wouldn’t say the same thing for NAR’s investment fund). FHA… yawn…
And while am at it… here are two stories that would have made my list:
The launch of so many (already) forgotten sites. How about all the sites that launched with great fanfare only to fall off of everyone’s radar. Terabitz comes to mind. Social networks like Zolve (which went from charging almost $1000/year to $0/year in its first few weeks) and Propertyqube also seem to have dropped off the map. And there were many (way too many to name them all!) “local” sites that were hyped by the RE.net at one point or another: MyHouseKey (kinda dead), SuperListingSite (completely dead), Localism, StreetAdvisor, and YourStreet.
Lack of fiscal restraint in the online real estate space. Money flowed into online real estate space: Terabitz with $10M in V/C money… Zillow with another $30M… Trulia got another $10M… Redfin with $12M more…